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Ryan Spadola signed to Dolphins practice squad
The Jets apparently wanted Ryan Spadola back.
But instead of returning to Florham Park, the New Jersey-born wide receiver decided to join the Dolphins’ practice squad instead.
Spadola, who graduated from Freehold Township (N.J.) High School and played at Lehigh, was released by the Jets on Oct. 5. After clearing waivers, he was free to sign with any team he wanted. And, on Tuesday night, Spadola confirmed that he had signed with Miami via his Twitter page Tuesday night. (The posts have since been deleted, but Spadola's former high school coach confirmed the news, adding that the receiver was flying down to Miami Tuesday night.)
Abreakout star in training camp and the preseason, Spadola helped the Jets defeat the Giants in Week 3 of the preseason, thanks to his three catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. The wide receiver also caught a 70-yard pass from Matt Simms to set up Billy Cundiff’s game-winning field goal in the game.
Two days later, Rex Ryan highlighted Spadola (whom he nicknamed “Spicoli”) and Simms during a film study session with reporters. Referring to Spadola, the Jets coach said: “All he does is show up and make plays.”