The New York Jets have signed punter Jeremy Kapinos to the active roster and have placed wide receiver Laveranues Coles on injured reserve. The announcement was made by Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
Kapinos (6'1", 235) was signed to the Jets practice squad Nov. 27. He was originally signed by the Jets as a rookie free agent July 2 before being waived Aug. 2. The Springfield, Va., native punted at Penn State for four seasons, averaging 41.8 yards per punt with a career long of 78 yards. He was a finalist for the 2006 Ray Guy Award that is presented to the nation's top punter and was an All-America third-team selection by The Associated Press. His 247 punts and 10,326 yards are tops in Penn State history.
Coles (5'11", 193) was reacquired by the Jets from the Washington Redskins on March 9, 2004, in exchange for WR Santana Moss. This season he caught 55 passes for 646 yards with a team-leading six touchdowns and was named the Ed Block Courage Award winner by his teammates. In 121 career games (106 starts), he has caught 561 passes for 7,245 yards and 37 touchdowns. His 5,091 receiving yards as a Jet rank fifth in franchise history, his 389 receptions sixth.