One of the Jets veterans has been released today.
Mike Tannenbaum and the Jets have announced that they have released long time OLB Bryan Thomas. Joining the Jets back in 2002 as a first round selection, Thomas recorded 439 tackles, 31 sacks, seven forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. He has appeared in 11 playoff games (nine starts), ranking second in franchise history. His best year came in 2006, when he switched from defensive end to linebacker. That year he posted 77 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Thomas, 33, started 94 out of 146 career games with the Jets. The longest tenured Jet, Thomas, now 33 years old, has been hampered by injuries of late. A proud veteran, he is one that is tough to see go. When healthy, he is an excellent run stopping linebacker, whom will be missed among the Jets fron seven.
To replace Thomas, the Jets elevated DB Donnie Fletcher from the practice squad to the active roster. He had signed as an undrafted free agent, was released at the end of training camp, and re-signed to the practice squad.
This has to mean we are going to see a lot more of Demario Davis as we move forward. The Jets get younger with this move, but do they get better? We will find out soon enough.
In other news, Dustin Keller will be inactive for tomorrow’s game in Miami. This obviously does not help the Jets, as he is missed in the passing game. FB John Conner has been ruled out as well.