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The San Francisco 49ers waived wide receiver Bruce Ellington on Thursday and the New York Jets claimed him a day later, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. He joins former 49ers receivers coach John Morton, who is the offensive coordinator for the Jets.


Ellington spent the 2016 season on injured reserve following a torn hamstring suffered in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. He was competing for a roster spot on a 49ers team that has a lot of young talent at the position.

"Bruce had done a good job with us," 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Thursday. "We had a bunch of guys who were very similar in their skill set. Kind of the same type of players and we had to get some different skill sets in. I thought, give Bruce a chance to go somewhere else. He handled everything great. He's been a great person here in the short time we've been with him.

"He came back and battled from some tough injuries and gave himself a chance to go for a week, but you know we're a little too loaded at that spot. So, we wanted to get some different guys in here with some different skill sets and mix up the group a little bit."

Ellington was drafted out of South Carolina by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Used primarily as a returner on special teams, where he has 1,604 return yards, he only has 19 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns receiving throughout his two active seasons in the league.