New York Jets Punter T.J. Conley Cut Loose, Jets Sign 24-Year-Old Robert Malone to Replace Him

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In the NFL, nothing is guaranteed.

New York Jets punter T.J. Conley has unfortunately found that out the hard way.

Just days before the start of the regular season, the Jets have decided to part ways with Conley (above) after being unimpressed with his inconsistent punting this preseason.

The 27-year-old Conley, a former University of Idaho Vandal, was in camp with the Jets every summer since 2009, having been a final cut in 2009 and 2010 before winning the starting job last season.

This year, he initially made the team out of camp, only to find himself out of a job by midweek.

In his place, the Jets have signed 24-year-old free agent punter Robert Malone, who was in camp with the San Diego Chargers this preseason but really had no chance to unseat their excellent punter, Mike Scifres.

Malone was undrafted coming out of Fresno State in 2010, and he’s had stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Detroit Lions.

Overall, Malone has punted 57 times in regular season action, with an average punt of 42.2 yards.

There’s no telling whether or not Robert Malone will be “the guy” for the Jets long-term, but they’ll give him a whirl in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, at least.

After that, the Jets’ punter spot could be up in the air again, depending on how well Malone does on Sunday. It’s been a bit of a revolving door for special teams coach Mike Westhoff in his Jets career.


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