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Jets S J McGraw Traded (1 Viewer)

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The oft injured J McGraw was traded for a conditional pick to Detroit today. From the Jets' site:Jets Trade McGraw, Waive HunterThe New York Jets Wednesday they have received a conditional draft selection for safety Jon McGraw and waived cornerback Pete Hunter. The announcements were made by Jets’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Terry Bradway.McGraw, 6-3, 203-pound safety, is a veteran of 33 regular season games and has made seven starts. He registered 102 tackles, nine passes defended, three interceptions and two fumbles forced on defense over the course of his first three NFL seasons. The former Kansas State walk-on has also recorded 40 career special teams’ tackles while playing on a variety of coverage units. McGraw has appeared in four postseason contests with the Jets and posted 11 tackles on defense in those games, as well as contributing four special teams tackles.Hunter, 25, was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2002 Draft out of Virginia Union before being traded to the Jets on July 14 for a conditional draft selection. The 6-2, 212-pound native of Atlantic City, NJ has played in 30 regular season games, making five starts, and has recorded 43 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, nine passes defended and two fumbles recovered.I knew something was up when McGraw was with the 3rd team D at practice yesterday, something I mentioned in another thread. Oliver Celestin, a second year DB appears to have won the starting SS job. The rookies Rhodes and Maddox have been paired up on the 2nd team D. Celestin has looked surprisingly solid, if not spectacular, but can also play corner, so stay tuned. Pete Hunter looked just awful yesterday. He was playing softer than melted butter, and was consantly burned by hook routes. He got cut, and I think his NFL career could be fini.

 
Celestin played in NFL europe, and was picked up by the Vikings in 2003. He was released, and was on the Jets' roster last year, and in a part time role, and on ST's made an impression on Jets DC Donnie Henderson. he is an ex-corner back, converted to safety. He is also at this point the Jets' fith CB, since there is some depth at the safety spots with Maddox and Rhodes. McGraw may be worth holding on to. After K Kennedy, the other safety spot is open. If McGraw can stay healthy, he can still be very good, the Jets just ran out of patience with his injury issues. Celestin has been practising at the SS spot with the 1st team D for a week and a half. It does seem to be his job to lose. He reportedly played very well against the Giants in a scrimmage last Saturday, which may have prompted the McGraw trade.

 

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