Dec 16, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Alex Green (20) rushes the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets claim running back Alex Green off waivers from Green Bay Packers

When the Green Bay Packers released running back Alex Green yesterday, it shocked quite a few.

Green was deemed as one of the better running back’s coming out of the 2011 NFL Draft, which elevated his draft stock to the third round where the Packers selected him 96th overall.

However, Green struggled with injuries and couldn’t keep the ball off the ground, resulting in the Packers cutting him yesterday during the 53-man roster crunch.

Their loss is apparently the New York Jets’ gain though as the Jets claimed the former Hawaii tailback off waivers.

Per Michael Hoffman (Green’s agent):

@AGreen_20 Congrats on Jets. #newbeginnings

Green, who tore his ACL during his rookie campaign is expected to be placed third on the Jets’ depth chart behind both Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, though, could work his way up if he performs up to his expectations. That however might be difficult given the sub-par we’ve seen from him recently and his inability to stay healthy.

Either way, for the Jets, it was a low risk, high reward situation that they felt they could capitalize on.

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  • JeffJ

    What, Minnesota didn’t claim him? I thought they were always in the market for Packers cast-offs. On the serious side, good luck to Green. Seems he was just hit with the injury bug in Green Bay.