Wide receiver and return man Jalin Marshall is officially rejoining the New York Jets for their Week 6 tilt with the New England Patriots.
Jets coach Todd Bowles announced Monday the Jets will promote Marshall to the 53-man roster this week. Marshall sat out the first four weeks of the 2017 season due to a suspension for violation of the NFL substance abuse policy. He was not activated for New York’s Week 5 win over the Cleveland Browns despite his eligibility.
In a corresponding move, the Jets will release cornerback Marcus Williams. The fourth-year cornerback made a name for himself during his second season, when he led the Jets in interceptions during the 2015 season.
However, Williams has been unable to replicate anything close to that production. He has only two interceptions in 18 games since 2016 and hasn’t ascended into a reputable starting cornerback like the team had hoped.
The Jets will likely roll with Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine, Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts as their top cornerbacks going forward. New York ranks 11th in the NFL against the pass and is allowing 212 passing yards per game through five weeks.
Marshall will likely step in as a depth receiver and could factor into the return game. The 2016 unstaffed free agent caught 14 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. He returned 18 punts for 100 yards and accrued 324 yards on 13 kickoff returns.