Jets release CB Ellis Lankster, sign CB Brandon Smith to practice squad


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    Chicago Bears wide receiver Rashad Ross (13) leaps over teammate tight end Dante Rosario (88) and New York Jets defensive back Ellis Lankster (31) in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    FLORHAM PARK, New Jersey — The New York Jets have released cornerback Ellis Lankster, a special teams standout, and signed cornerback Brandon Smith to their practice squad.

    Lankster was released by the Jets on Sept. 1, and then re-signed on Sept. 12. He had two tackles on special teams Monday night against Chicago. Lankster played the last three years with the Jets after being a seventh-round pick by Buffalo in 2009.

    Smith, a converted wide receiver, was most recently a member of Buffalo's practice squad last season. He signed with Carolina as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State in 2011. Smith has also been with Green Bay.

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