After a bizarre training camp which saw Joe McKnight fail a team conditioning test, get arrested for outstanding traffic warrants in New Jersey, and challenging a fan to a fight on Twitter, the embattled running back, and former USC star, was unceremoniously released by the Jets on Monday.
McKnight, a fourth-round pick in 2010, was one of the NFL’s top kickoff returners in 2011 and 2012 – his 29.0-yard career average leads all active players, but after his bizarre behavior throughout training camp, he was unable to breakout from the clubs doghouse.
After being released McKnight reacted via Twitter:
Another notable cut was veteran wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who re-signed with the Jets last month before the start of training camp. Edwards sat out the game against the New York Giants on Saturday with a leg injury. Edwards had five catches for 72 yards this preseason, but never really showed the ability to get back to the form that made him one of Mark Sanchez’s top targets just a few years ago.