Jets tackle Ray Willis walks off the field following practice...

Jets tackle Ray Willis walks off the field following practice at the Atlantic Health Training Facility. (June 13, 2012) Credit: Joe Epstein

The Jets earlier today released offensive tackle Ray Willis and waived quarterback G.J. Kinne, general manager Mike Tannenbaum announced.

Willis, a New Jersey native, had signed with the Jets as a free agent last month. Willis, 29, was drafted in the fourth round by the Seahawks in 2005 and started 26 games for them. He spent the entire 2010 season on injured reserve after undergoing knee surgery, signed with the Saints in November 2011, and was waived later that month.

Kinne, a rookie, had signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in April and went through mini-camp with the team. Kinne, 23, was  prolific passer at Tulsa and finished second in school history with 9,472 yards and 81 touchdowns. But his size (6’1”) and, what some scouts believed to be an average arm, caused him to go undrafted.

The Jets had signed Matt Simms (son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms) after a three-day tryout last month. With Kinne out, Simms is now the fourth QB behind Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy.

Today's moves opened up two spots on the Jets' 90-man roster.

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