The New York Jets wasted no time in signing players to reserve and future contracts for 2018. Here’s a full list of all nine players that are officially under contract.
At season’s end, the New York Jets went to work quickly to secure some of their younger and possible future players for depth/practice squad purposes. General manager Mike Maccagnan knows that teams that haven’t made the NFL Playoffs will be frantically working to start the lengthy process of doing their best to build a winning franchise all over again over the next few months.
The Jets got their first year of rebuilding out of the way which more often than not is the hardest. Lots of younger players got developed nicely and clarity came to others on whether or not they should be kept for the future.
With a lot of money to play with this offseason as far as salary cap money is concerned, it’s expected the Jets will address many issues on the team via free agency. From their offensive line, pass rush, and as always, quarterback, the Jets have their work cut out for them in order to be competitive next season.
As per Rich Cimini of ESPN, he confirmed that the Jets started the process by signing nine players to reserve and future contracts. Here’s the list below directly from Cimini:
Offensive Guard Ben Braden
Offensive Tackle Korren Kirven
Wide Receiver Jalin Marshall
Wide Receiver Tre McBride
Defensive End Claude Pelon
Defensive Back Terrell Sinkfield
Quarterback Joel Stave
Wide Receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow
Wide Receiver Daniel Williams
Out of these nine players, the one that has the most potential right off the bat is wide receiver Jalin Marshall. Had he not been suspended by the NFL for four games due to PEDs at the start of the season, he could have had a better shot at making more of an impact this past season on the Jets.
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Once he was eligible to return, the Jets immediately demoted him to the practice squad but still feel with the right mentoring and well, growing up, Marshall could turn into a decent receiving option and could also address concerns with their kickoff/punt returner situation.
Marshall is worth keeping around since back in 2016, he was solid as a kickoff/punt returner. As a kickoff returner, Marshall totaled 324 yards for an average of 24.9 yards per kickoff return. That’s better than anything the Jets had this season.
Sure, he didn’t score any touchdowns but had he continued to hone his craft in this role on special teams this past season, Marshall could have been exactly what the Jets needed and then some for that specific role. Either way, it’s good to see he got another chance to prove his worth in 2018 as hopefully, he learned a valuable lesson last year about what not to do when given a golden opportunity to do what you love for a living.