Darrell McClover

Ex-Jet McClover sounds onside alarm

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Bears stopped short of calling the New York Jets a desperate team, but their onside-kick attempt sure portrayed them that way.

After his team limited the Bears to 80 yards of offense in a scoreless first half and allowed them to cross midfield only once, rookie Jets coach Eric Mangini called for an onside try to open the third quarter. Kicker Mike Nugent set the ball on the tee and began walking backward before spinning and driving the ball into the ground to his left.

Chris Harris, lined up as the right tackle on the kick-return unit, fielded the ball easily at the Jets' 44, providing the Bears with positive field position and leading to their first score, a 20-yard Robbie Gould field goal. Harris was tipped off the kick was coming by teammate Darrell McClover, who was waived by the Jets in their final cutdown.


LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears signed linebacker Darrell McClover to the active roster today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

A three-year NFL veteran, McClover was drafted out of the University of Miami by the New York Jets in the seventh round (213
th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. The 6-2, 226-pounder registered 25 special teams tackles while playing in all 16 regular season games and two post-season contests as a rookie in 2004. McClover missed the 2005 season due to a knee injury suffered during the preseason.


Darrell McClover

Reiss also reported that the Patriots had five more players in for workouts at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday. Two of them were veteran quarterbacks - Tommy Maddox and Todd Bouman. Defensive players visiting the stadium included defensive back Chidi Iwuoma and linebackers Mark Brown and Darrell McClover.

Darrell McClover Waived

Of that group, notables include McClover, who appeared in all 16 games for the Jets in 2004 but missed 2005 due to injury was waived.

Darrel McClover Update

"Special teams can win games, defense can win games. That's just the way it is in the NFL," said Darrell McClover, who showed how when he returned his own blocked punt 26 yards for the Jets' only score. Suddenly, a certain defeat had become a potential stolen victory with the deficit sliced to 13-7 and more than five minutes to play.
McClover is the first Jet to return his own blocked punt for a TD in any game since Chris Burkett did it against Miami in the 1991 regular season.