New York Jets Release Leon McFadden, Bring Back Ellis Lankster

By Alan Schechter

Aug 28, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Quron Pratt (10) and New York Jets defensive back

Ellis Lankster

(31) attempts to make a catch at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won 37-7. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets have announced a roster move this morning.

The Jets have brought back CB Ellis Lankster. Most fans of the New York Jets are familiar with Lankster, backup cornerback and special teams player. He posted two interceptions for the Jets in 2012. Ellis has made more of his name with the team as a special teams specialist. He was released over the summer during final cut downs.

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To make room for Lankster, the Jets have released CB Leon McFadden. Leon was signed over the summer to help with the depth problem at cornerback, but was not active for week one against the Oakland Raiders. The Jets make the move to bring back Lankster, their proven special teams talent.

It’s not a “name” move, but a solid one. If the Jets aren’t making a move at starting cornerback, bringing back Lankster is a good move at the backup position, because of his abilities on specials. Specials can make the difference in a game and Lankster is a good one.