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T.J. Coming On, Aundrae Coming Aboard


Sorry for the delay on the afternoon practice blog. We in the Internet/Publications wing of had to put some serious deadline time in to get the St. Louis and Philadelphia preseason playbooks, the programs that are distributed at the Meadowlands, in ship-shape and ready to be printed.

But there wasn't much to report from the special-teams-only session, which lasted barely 45 minutes. The best note out of the session was that the punting battle was joined.

Rookie T.J. Conley, the big leg from Idaho, had perhaps his best day of punting. His long kicks traveled 57, 60, 55 and 55 yards. The 57-yarder was downed inside the 5-yard line.

But Reggie Hodges (who, as Jay Feely reported on this site via his Twitter account, is the latest Jet to begin tweeting) was still hitting them well. His long was a 55-yarder, and in plus-side-of-the-50 kicking, he punched a perfect directional ball that skipped out of bounds at the 3.

The punters will be one of the many featured performers at Thursday evening's Green & White Scrimmage on the Cortland grass field, which will begin at 6 p.m.

New Jet in Town

The Jets made a change at WR that was announced late in the day on this Website. Mario Urrutia was waived and Aundrae Allison was awarded to the Jets on waivers from Minnesota.

If you remember Allison's name, it's for a very good reason besides the interesting spelling of his first name. The East Carolina product was a fifth-round pick by Minnesota in 2007 and made an impact as a rookie in Week 13, when he reeled off a 104-yard kickoff-return — the longest play in Vikings history — to open a 21-10 lead in the Vikes' 42-10 crushing of the Lions.

In his career in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Allison played in 26 games (no starts), had 18 receptions for 231 yards (12.8-yard average) and no TDs, and 26 kickoff returns for a 25.9 average. We'll visit with him once he arrives, perhaps in time for the G&W Scrimmage.

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