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O'Connell waived

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, left, talks with quarterbacks

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, left, talks with quarterbacks Erik Ainge, Mark Sanchez and Kevin O'Connell (7) during Jets minicamp at their training facility in Florham Park, N.J. (June 14, 2010) Photo Credit: Joe Epstein

Yesterday, after Rex Ryan said Thursday's preseason finale was "critical" for Kevin O'Connell, I sought the third-year quarterback out once he came into the locker room.

O'Connell had about three minutes before he had to get to a meeting, so he said he didn't have time, telling me "I'll catch you tomorrow." 

Looks like I won't get that chance.

The Jets announced O'Connell has been waived. It's not overly surprising with the way O'Connell has played through the preseason, completing 8 of 16 passes for 70 yards. He also threw a pair of bad interceptions and sported a quarterback rating of 22.4.

O'Connell's banishment is a good thing for Kellen Clemens. As we mentioned yesterday, Rex said there's a strong possibility of Clemens making the roster. Guess we now know why he felt that way.

So Clemens is safe -- for now. But as Clemens said yesterday, things happen.


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