The New York Jets could have an undrafted gem on their hands in Jalin Marshall. It couldn’t have come at a better time because their return game needs help.
While the New York Jets have put their stock in their NFL Draft investments, the undrafted free agent market is just as important. With that being said, a certain undrafted free agent has made his presence felt with the Jets early on during organized team activities and mandatory mini-camp.
Wide receiver Jalin Marshall left school early because he felt like he was ready for the NFL. Despite going undrafted, Marshall stands behind his decision to go pro. Early on in camp with the Jets, it is paying off as head coach Todd Bowles has been impressed with his speed and skill-set.
So much so that he got some prime repetitions through OTA’s and mini-camp with other guys hurt. Bowles talked about that before mini-camp was over, here’s what he said via the Media Relations Department of the Jets:
On if Jalin Marshall receiving first-team repetitions…
Kenbrell wasn’t here and (Quincy Enunwa) got banged up. And Robby Anderson is out. We’re running out of bodies, so, they’re kind of rotating in and out of there. He’s a bright kid. He gets some reps but he gets about the same as everybody else, though.
The 5’10, 200-pound Marshall was a triple-threat at the college level, boasting dynamic receiving, rushing and return skills. In his two seasons with Ohio State, Marshall collected 74 receptions for 976 receiving yards and was among the best punt returners in the nation.
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Speaking of punt returning, the Jets have had one of the worst special teams in the NFL over the last several years.
Something they hope to change with the hiring of their new special teams coordinator in Brant Boyer.
To be honest, the Jets haven’t had a dynamic return man since Brad Smith left so many years ago. Marshall has a strong chance to stick with the Jets and make the final 53.
Here is an extremely early final roster prediction by Ryan Patti of The Jet Press if you care to partake in predictions before training camp. Marshall has his work set out for him trying to make this roster with the incredible depth at the position.
Having the special teams feather in his cap may put Marshall over the roster bubble. The Jets have a host of veterans vying for the return job in Jeremy Ross and Zac Stacy who was the return man last season.