Mike Tannenbaum claims three off waivers
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Tannenbaum walked away from Saturday's mini-draft with three new players claimed via waivers: former Miami Dolphins nose tackle Isaako Aaitui, wide receiver Clyde Gates and former 49ers tight end Konrad Reuland. But those selections came with the disposal of veteran defensive lineman Marcus Dixon, who played in all 16 games last season (starting in three), tight end Dedrick Epps and rookie safety Antonio Allen, a seventh-round draft pick.
Allen made the 53-man roster Friday before being cut Saturday. Out of the Jets' eight draft picks, only four made the active roster: first-rounder Quinton Coples, Stephen Hill (second round), Demario Davis (third round) and Josh Bush (sixth round).
Running back Terrance Ganaway, who scored the team's only touchdown of the preseason, was one of the last seven cut from the active roster Friday. Saturday afternoon, he was claimed by the St. Louis Rams. Baylor teammate Robert T. Griffin, who was selected one spot behind Ganaway in the sixth round, was cut Friday morning.
Rookie receiver Jordan White also was waived Friday but cleared waivers Saturday and ended up on the Jets' practice squad along with offensive tackle Paul Cornick, linebackers Marcus Dowtin and Ricky Sapp (ankle sprain), cornerback Donnie Fletcher, wide receiver Royce Pollard (torn labrum) and tight end Hayden Smith. Each team can have eight players on the squad, so if Allen clears waivers, he likely will be asked back.
Aaitui went undrafted out of UNLV and spent the final 13 weeks of the 2011 season on the Dolphins' practice squad. According to scouting reports, the 6-4, 315-pounder has the prototypical 3-4 nose tackle build -- plus he played under offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. Gates, a fourth-round draft pick by Miami in 2011, caught two passes for 19 yards last season and returned 34 kickoffs for 843 yards (24.3 average). The 5-11, 197-pound receiver is naturally quick but isn't known for being the best route-runner. Reuland (6-4, 260) went undrafted out of Stanford in 2011 and signed with the 49ers. He was waived after training camp that year and remained on the practice squad for the season.