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Another New Punter?

Reggie Hodges could be on borrowed time according to the Daily News.

The Jets made one minor roster move today, waiving RB Marcus Mason, who never got into a game. Obviously, they have someone in mind to fill that roster spot.

They also worked out three players today, including well-traveled veteran P Scott Player. Could the Jets be unhappy with Reggie Hodges? His net average is nearly two yards better than the dearly departed Ben Graham, but Hodges made his coach look bad Sunday in San Francisco, punting a touchback on the fourth-and-2 from the 49ers’ 38.

The Mason move has nothing to do with the Player situation. Player would take Hodges' spot. There is no way this team carries two punters, especially since it already has two kickers, Mike Nugent and Jay Feely.

It is difficult to find a good punter during the season. The offseason was the time to address the punting issue. Guys were available back then. Ben Graham had such a shaky 2007 that he was deactivated in Week 16. However, the Jets did not even bring in anybody to challenge him in camp. With all of the flashy offseason moves, the club neglected to address a major issue. Graham might have deserved a chance to win his job, but there should have at least been a competition and pressure from another source.

At this point, all the Jets can do is try and find a hot leg. Hodges has not done anything special. Player's career has been unremarkable, but his average was over 45 yards in limited action for Cleveland last season with a net over 40. Eric Mangini might as well bring him aboard for a shot.