Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jets sign Terminator John Conner to one-year deal


He's back.

Two years removed from his hard-hitting days with the team that drafted him, John Conner will once again don a Jets uniform, as the 27-year-old reportedly signed a one-year deal with the team Tuesday.

The Terminator, who was brought on following fullback Tommy Bohanon's designation to IR for a broken clavicle, spent the past two seasons with the Bengals and Giants, respectively. He played well in Big Blue's offensive scheme in 2013, though he was released during training camp prior to this season after a change at offensive coordinator and a roster battle with Henry Hynoski.

As Brian Bassett points out, Conner should be a welcomed addition to a versatile backfield that could use a little punch. Known for his bone-jarring blocks, the former Kentucky standout should provide some force between the tackles, some added pass protection for quarterback Geno Smith and perhaps a bit of depth for the special teams squad.

Since his fifth-round selection in 2010, Conner has played in 50 games, tallying 88 yards rushing and two touchdowns, all with the Jets. Most recently with the Giants, he hauled in six receptions for 31 yards (two for first downs) in 13 games played.

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