NY Jets sign LB Alec Ogletree and WR Jaleel Scott to practice squad

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The NY Jets signed linebacker Alec Ogletree and wide receiver Jaleel Scott to the practice squad.

The NY Jets continued to do some roster shuffling on Thursday signing a pair of players who had recently worked out with the team to their practice squad in veteran linebacker Alec Ogletree and wide receiver Jaleel Scott.

Both Ogletree and Scott were among a host of players who visited the team earlier in the week along with recently-released former Arizona Cardinals wideout Hakeem Butler.

And while many fans will be disappointed by the fact that Butler remains a free agent, Scott is arguably just as intriguing of a prospect as the uber-talented Butler.

A fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Scott shined at New Mexico State dominating his inferior competition. Unfortunately, his time in the NFL has been anything but domination.

Scott missed his entire rookie season with a hamstring injury and returned in 2019 to little fanfare. The Baltimore Ravens had moved on selecting two more wideouts in the subsequent draft leaving Scott fighting an uphill battle.

He didn’t win that battle as he was a healthy scratch in 13 of 16 games hauling in just one catch for six yards. The following summer, he had a rocky training camp and was ultimately released.

Much like Butler, Scott is a physically-talented receiver who never developed in the NFL due to injuries and a crowded receiver room. Perhaps a change of scenery will serve him well.

At 6-foot-5, 218 pounds, Scott made a living off of one-handed, highlight-reel catches in college. His 4.56 speed is more than acceptable for a player his size and few receivers have the natural tracking skills that he does.

In many ways, he’s a little similar to fellow practice squad wideout Lawrence Cager, albeit a little faster and slightly less physical. Certainly someone worth stashing on the practice squad to continue developing.

The NY Jets also signed former New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree.

As for Ogletree, the veteran brings 93 games of starting experience to the practice squad. A seven-year veteran, Ogletree has started every game he’s played in his NFL career, but that likely won’t be the case with the Jets.

Ogletree will be asked to serve as much-needed depth to a linebacker room that only had three healthy players prior to his signing. There’s a good chance we see the 28-year-old on the active roster before long.

In a corresponding move, the Jets also placed veteran wideout Donte Moncrief on the practice squad injured reserve to make room for both Scott and Ogletree. The Jets still have one open spot on the 53-man roster which is worth monitoring over the next couple of days.

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The Jets added some much-needed depth and an ideal developmental project on Thursday. Not a bad day altogether.