The New York Jets have parted ways with wide receiver and kick returner Jalin Marshall just days after activating him to the roster earlier this week.
The Jets waived Marshall Saturday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. They activated cornerback Xavier Coleman in a corresponding move. Marshall served a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. The Jets waived cornerback Marcus Williams to make room for Marshall on the roster earlier this week.
Marshall made the Jets as an undrafted rookie out of Ohio State last year. He 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 last season.
New York must think it has a solution on special teams, even though the return game hasn’t been prolific. Jeremy Kerley leads the team with 54 punt return yards. New York’s leading kick returner, Kalif Raymond, isn’t even on the roster anymore. ArDarius Stewart has 46 yards on two runbacks.
New York also has enough depth at receiver with the additions of Kerley and leading receiver Jermaine Kearse, making Marshall even more expendable.
The Jets will host the New England Patriots for a pivotal contest Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The winner will be alone in first place atop the AFC East.