The Jets have signed TE Eric Tomlinson off of the Texans' practice squad and have waived OLB Victor Ochi, the team announced Saturday.
With TE Kellen Davis ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, the Jets have added more depth at the position.
Tomlinson, yet to play in an NFL game, made 49 catches in his final two seasons at UTEP.
Ochi, a product of Stony Brook, had joined the practice squad early in September and was active the last two weeks. He recorded one combined tackle against the Ravens.
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Despite never having played in an NFL game, Tomlinson has some potential as a blocking specialist. He has good size and showed significant promise as a run blocker in his senior year at UTEP and in preseason action with the Texans.
He caught five passes for 61 yards in his first ever preseason game but only two more for 10 yards in the next seven so if there's any pass-catching potential there, it's largely untapped at this time. He caught 19 passes for 136 yards and a score in his senior year at college.
While Davis being unavailable leaves a bit of a void in the Jets' running game, his inconsistency and lack of a pass-catching threat had frustrated some fans. In a few of the games recently, he didn't play as much so the Jets might have been on the verge of phasing him out anyway. With Brandon Bostick showing more promise as a blocker in recent weeks and Austin Seferian-Jenkins ready to return from injury, they should hopefully be able to fill in for Davis until Tomlinson is ready. By rule, Tomlinson must remain on the active roster for at least three weeks because he was signed from another team's practice squad, so he'll get a few weeks to acclimate.
Ochi is a victim of a numbers game at the bottom end of the roster. He had only played a handful of snaps in each of the last few games, but does have some pass rushing potential. I'd therefore expect the Jets to re-sign him to their practice squad if he clears waivers.