The NY Jets have waived/injured tight end Kellen Davis. Davis injured his elbow a couple of weeks ago and has not seen action since. A team cannot cut an injured player outright; until the player is able to resume playing he must either be kept on the roster or waived/injured. Now that Davis has been waived, any team in the NFL can claim him off waivers. If Davis passes through waivers unclaimed the Jets will be able to place him on season ending injured reserve.
For many Jets fans the waiver of Davis comes about a year and a half too late. Davis was a one dimensional blocking tight end who was nonexistent in the passing game and was not very good at the one thing the Jets asked him to do, blocking. At age 31 the ineffective Davis was simply taking up space on the 53 man roster.
That space was filled today by the promotion of cornerback Dexter McDougle. Now in his third year with the Jets McDougle has been a disappointment in his own right. McDougle was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft but has rarely seen the field and has spent the entire 2016 season on the Jets practice squad. The promotion of McDougle may signal that slot cornerback Buster Skrine, who has been battling a knee injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, may not be ready to go. If Skrine is out for Sunday's game the Jets will be without two of their three starting cornerbacks, with only Darrelle Revis healthy.