Running back Alex Green, who rushed for 464 yards, was claimed on waivers even though the Jets appeared to have a solid No. 3 back in Kahlil Bell. Green, a third-round pick in 2011, became expendable due to the emergence of rookie Eddie Lacy.
Green will back up Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in the Jets' rebuilt backfield. They also have Mike Goodson, but he's serving a four-game suspension. To make room for Green, the Jets cut Bell, who rushed for a team-high 114 yards and four touchdowns in the preseason.
The Jets also addressed their offensive-line depth, claiming tackle Ben Ijalana, formerly a second-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts. Ijalana has played in only four games, having suffered a torn ACL in each of his first two seasons. The Jets have 10 offensive linemen on the roster.
They also claimed former Tennessee Titans defensive end Scott Solomon, who probably will be converted to outside linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 scheme. The former seventh-round pick played in 13 games last season as a rookie, making four tackles.
Former Jets quarterback Greg McElroy, who was waived Saturday, has cleared waivers. His rights reverted to the Jets on their injured-reserve list. He reportedly was on his way to the Cincinnati Bengals to join their practice squad, but he has to negotiate an injury settlement with the Jets before he can sign.