03/02/2007 11:49 PM ET
Jets cut QB Ramsey
Kellen Clemens promoted to primary backup to Chad
Patrick Ramsey never fully established himself as a steady backup to Chad Pennington. (AP)

HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK (TICKER) -- The New York Jets on Friday released seldom-used backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey.

Last March, the Jets acquired Ramsey from the Washington Redskins as insurance since regular starter Chad Pennington was coming off two shoulder operations.

But Pennington ended up starting every game and earning NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors. Ramsey ended up attempting just one pass in a regular-season game.

The Jets will likely use Kellen Clemens, a second-round pick in 2006, as their primary backup.

Ramsey, 28, started 23 games in his first three years with the Redskins after being selected in the first round of the 2002 draft. But he lost his starting job to veteran Mark Brunell after the 2005 season opener.

Ramsey threw for a career-high 2,166 yards and 14 touchdowns with 11 interceptions in 11 starts in 2003.

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