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The New York Jets made a “curious” move by cutting defensive back Emanuel Cook on Monday and the Ravens pounced a day later.
Baltimore picked up Cook off waivers, which means he’s automatically added to the active roster. To make room, they released linebacker Josh Bynes.
Cook was a special teams contributor for the Jets who recovered a botched kickoff against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
But according to an ESPN report, Cook did something Monday during the team’s conditioning session that may have led to his sudden release.
“Every decision we make is generally for the benefit of our football team,” Head Coach Rex Ryan said. “I’m not going to get into the specifics of what led us to make a decision.”
Cook, who is not a returner, appeared in eight of 11 games this year and recorded three tackles. He’s a 5-foot-10, 202-pound undrafted free agent out of South Carolina.
Bynes was signed to the practice squad on Nov. 9, then promoted to the active roster last Wednesday with Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe out with injuries. He was active against San Francisco, but didn’t see defensive action as Albert McClellan started at linebacker.
Head Coach John Harbaugh was impressed with McClellan, who had never played inside linebacker in a game before and made four tackles.
“The way he played is pretty remarkable,” Harbaugh said. “We’re proud of the way he played. That builds depth for us in there.”