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Jets TE Dedrick Epps Goes On Injured Reserve

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After making his first ever NFL reception from, QB Tim Tebow, TE Dedrick Epps not only fumbled after getting hit but injured his knee as well during the Jets 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.  Epps was in the Jets training camp but released before the season began.  With TE Dustin Keller fighting a hamstring injury the Jets brought Epps back to add some depth to the TE position.

The Jets waive/injured Epps, who cleared waivers, and has been place on season ending injured reserve.


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Jets waived/injured TE Dedrick Epps

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The Jets waived/injured Dedrick Epps Monday afternoon in order to clear a roster space for Berry. Epps suffered a hyperextended knee in Sunday's 34-0 loss to San Francisco after catching Tim Tebow's only pass of the afternoon.

Analysis: Epps' departure is an encouraging sign the Jets could welcome starting tight end Dustin Keller back into the lineup for Week 5 against Houston after he missed the previous three games. He'll clear waivers and go on injured reserve. Epps, 24, made the Jets' roster as a former seventh-round pick out of Miami. He had one catch for nine yards.


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Dedrick Epps Injured

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The Jets began the day without their best tight end (injured Dustin Keller) and closed it with backup Dedrick Epps on crutches. After catching Tebow's only pass (a 9-yarder) in the second quarter, 49ers safety Dashon Goldson slammed into Epps' knee. He fumbled, one of the Jets' four turnovers. Epps wouldn't speculate on the severity of the injury before his MRI Monday.


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Dedrick Epps Talks About Sparano's Revenge

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Say this for Rex Ryan: The Jets coach has a flair for the dramatic.

Two years ago, when Jason Taylor helped the Jets beat the Dolphins, Ryan was among those dumping the Gatorade jug on the ex-Dolphin.

Sunday, after Tony Sparano's offensive calls helped the Jets to a 23-20 overtime win over the team that fired him a little over nine months ago, Ryan gave the floor to his former coaching rival in the winning locker room.

"He came in here and said it was a team thing," said Jets backup tight end Dedrick Epps, the ex-UM standout who played for Sparano with the Dolphins. "It wasn’t just him. It wasn’t just the offense, It was the special teams, the defense, the coaches. It took everybody to get this done."

While Ryan himself brushed aside suggestions of this being a special win for Sparano -- "I think Tony's a Jet. He's happy to get the victory for the team, not just himself," Ryan said -- another ex-Dolphin didn't even try to hide that aspect of the afternoon.

"I’m sure he went through a lot more [emotions] than I did," said former Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell, who had seven tackles. "I don’t think he was too happy abaout the way he was done here. To get some revenge I’m sure was sweet for him."

More emotional than for Bell, who had spent his entire career with the Dolphins before being cut loose last offseason? The former winner of team awards for courage, leadership and cooperation with the South Florida media nodded and said that was definitely the case.

"I’m real happy for him," Bell said. "I know he wanted this one. I know it’s big for him. Just for him to come back and kind of get some revenge for the way they treated him and things, I know he’s happy."

Bell said he hadn't spoken privately to Sparano yet, but planned to talk with him on the way back to New York.

"I’m sure I’ll see him on the plane and we’ll chat it up a little bit," Bell said. 

Bell was among the Jets' pregame captains, along with Epps and another Dolphin castoff, receiver Clyde Gates. More proof of Ryan's sense of drama.
Sparano refused comment as he left the Jets locker room after Sunday's win, but Epps said that probably was for the best as well.

"He might get a little choked up in one of his interviews," Epps said. "It might bring a tear to his eye."

And what did Epps say to Sparano after this one?

"Congratulations, coach," Epps said. "Good job."

On this emotional Sunday, at least, there was no denying that.


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Jets signed TE Dedrick Epps from the Bears practice squad

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Jets signed TE Dedrick Epps from the Bears practice squad. A seventh-round pick in the 2010 draft, Epps recently landed in Chicago after being cut by the Jets





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Bear Sign Dedrick Epps To Practice Squad

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(WSCR) Following the team’s 41-21 win over the Colts on Sunday, the Bears have signed tackle Jonathan Scott and waived punter Ryan Quigley.

The Bears also signed Dedrick Epps to the practice squad.

The 6-3, 250-pound Epps appeared in three games for the Miami Dolphins in 2010 and has also seen time on the practice squads of San Diego, Indianapolis and the New York Jets.


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Dedrick Epps Cut By Jets

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After getting a lot of playing time during the preseason with the NY Jets due to injuries at the TE position, proCane TE Dedrick Epps was cut by the Jets on Saturday.




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Dedrick Epps Doing His Best to Stick with the Jets

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Stick. With. It.

To many, the above expression is simple.

Besides simple, it’s also short in length, just three words.

But for an individual such as Jets tight end Dedrick Epps, the phrase “Stick with it” means much more.

To him, the slogan is viewed as a trademark and one that hasn’t left his side.

Epps is attempting to earn a roster spot with the Green & White this season and his journey in the NFL thus far hasn’t been the smoothest.

“I’m not going to lie,” he said. “It’s been frustrating. It’s not easy, it’s not easy. It takes a lot on your mind and it’s a large toll. And you just have to stick with it because there’s been times where I think, well, this might be the end of it, what do I do now? Then a week later, I get a phone call.”

The 6’3” 250-pounder was drafted by San Diego in the seventh round of the 2010 draft but was a final cut by the Chargers that September. Then he was signed to Miami's practice squad. Epps’ time with the Dolphins was somewhat special since he was returning to the place where he played his college ball. Yet his stay near South Beach wasn’t permanent. Almost exactly a year later he was waived by Miami and back at square one.

Yet Epps never allowed himself to fall out of shape. He thought back to his motto and one month later his phone rang once again. This time it was the Indianapolis Colts calling and inviting him to join their practice squad. Epps accepted their invitation and remained a part of their organization until the start of December 2011 when the Colts released him.

Behind strong support and encouragement from his mother, friends and former teammates, the 24-year old tried not to lose confidence. In college he was a four-year standout at Miami and played alongside two other current NFL tight ends: Richard Gordon of the Raiders and Saints Pro Bowler Jimmy Graham. The trio formed one of the top TE corps in college football.

“Before Jimmy came over, I was used as the receiving tight end and Richard Gordon was used as the blocking tight end,” Epps said. “And then Richard got injured and they used me more as the blocking tight end and Jimmy was the receiving tight end. I tried to do it both, blocking and the routes, while he did the routes so we could be more of a threat. And I think we were. I think we had a solid tight end corps with me, him and Gordon.”

Epps said he stays in contact with Graham, who has provided him advice.

“He’s just told me to keep sticking with it because unfortunately my route in the NFL isn’t like his,” Epps said. “I’ve been bouncing around.”

Just a little less than a month after Epps was released by Indianapolis, the Jets reached out to ask if he was interested in joining their practice squad. He agreed and has been with the team ever since.

“I love everything about being a Jet, man,” he said. “From the food that we get here, to the practices, to the facility.”

Sunday night against Carolina, the Richmond, Va., native, was on the field for 57 of the Jets’ 69 offensive plays (83 percent). The high percentage was partially due to TEs Dustin Kellericon-article-link and Josh Baker both going down with injuries earlier in the game. Regardless, Epps was productive catching two passes for 34 yards. He said the experience was fun, and honestly it should have been considering it turned out to be the most action he’s had in a game since entering the NFL.

“I think it went all right,” Epps said. “I could have done some blocking things a little better. From a mental standpoint, I think I did all of the things correct. I don’t think it was too many mental errors. It’s just technique things that I need to work on.”

As the Jets face off against Philadelphia on Thursday night in their preseason finale, Epps isn’t anticipating any additional pressure. He aspires to build off his performance last week and is excited about having another opportunity to spend a significant amount of time on the field as opposed to the sidelines.

“I mean, I’m just trying to stick with it, get better and just trying to find a team to stick with,” he said.

The expression really does define No. 83. And very shortly it will be known if the Jets choose to stick with Epps.


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