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Could Maysonet be an option for Jets?

Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet speaks with a reporter

Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet speaks with a reporter outside the home he lived in while growing up in Riverhead. His family lived in an apartment above an auto repair shop, which is now closed. (March 30, 2013) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

In a surprising move, the Philadelphia Eagles waived former Stony Brook standout Miguel Maysonet to sign tight end Will Shaw Monday.

The running back from Riverhead, who signed with the Eagles as a priority free agent after the April draft, participated in their rookie camp from May 10-12. According to, he wasn’t allowed to take part in OTAs (which began May 13) because of an NCAA graduation rule.

His release is somewhat startling, considering he reportedly received a $10,000 signing bonus and, according to agent Joe Linta, signed the highest contract of any undrafted free agent ($405,000).

The Eagles signed former Cowboys running back Felix Jones last week, adding him to a group that includes LeSean McCoy, Chris Polk, Bryce Brown and undrafted free agent Matthew Tucker.

Meanwhile, the Jets seemed set at running back heading into OTAs, but the Friday morning arrest of Mike Goodson has raised questions.

Should the Jets decide to move on from Goodson, they could put in a claim for Maysonet. (He hit the waiver wire Monday afternoon, which started the 24-hour clock for another team to claim him.)

The 5-9, 209-pound Maysonet generated a lot of pre-draft buzz despite his small-school pedigree and a hamstring injury that limited him during the NFL combine. He was the runner-up for the 2012 Walter Payton Award, given to the best player at the Football Championship Subdivision level. 

On Day 3 of the draft, Maysonet fielded calls from the Steelers, who said he was a candidate for one of their two sixth-round picks; the Patriots, who told him there was no doubt he could play in their system; and the Giants, who after selecting running back Michael Cox with the second-to-last pick, called Maysonet to say they were interested in signing him as a UDFA.

It’s unclear, though, if the Goodson situation will force John Idzik to try to bolster the running back group again.

After featured back Shonn Greene left in free agency to sign with the Titans, the Jets inked Goodson to a three-year, $6.9-million free-agent deal in March. He was supposed to compete for playing time with fellow free-agent signee Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight and youngster John Griffin.

Goodson, who spent three seasons in Carolina, rushed for 221 yards on 35 carries and caught 16 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown for the Oakland Raiders in 2012.

Within Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast system, the Jets' running backs will be asked to catch more passes out of the backfield. And that means sure hands and good route-running skills are a must.

Catching ability was the biggest knock on Maysonet coming out of Stony Brook -- a concern he believes was put to rest at his pro day.

"That was always the questions that they asked me: 'Can you catch?' '' he said back in March. "My tape doesn't really show that I can catch the ball, but I showed it out here.''

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