Today’s minor moves around the league, including elevations for tonight’s conclusion to the Thanksgiving tripleheader:
New England Patriots
- Elevated: OL Bill Murray
New York Jets
- Waived: S Marcell Harris
Vinny Curry will miss at least the first four weeks of the upcoming season. The Jets announced that they have placed the defensive lineman on injured reserve. The team signed linebacker Marcell Harris to take his spot on the roster.
Curry has been dealing with a hamstring injury throughout the summer, and the injury will ultimately keep him off the field until at least Week 5. The veteran initially joined the Jets during the 2021 offseason, but he was later diagnosed with a rare blood disorder and ended up sitting out the entire 2021 campaign. He re-signed with the team this offseason and was expected to play a secondary role on the edge, especially following the additions of first-round rookie Jermaine Johnson and free agent acquisition Jacob Martin
The 34-year-old spent the first six years of his career with the Eagles, collecting 22 sacks in 84 games (16 starts). Following a brief stint with Tampa Bay in 2018, Curry returned to Philly for the 2019 and 2020 campaigns, adding another eight sacks in 27 games (five starts).
Harris joined the Jets this offseason, reuniting him with Robert Saleh. He was among the Jets’ final cuts, but now he’ll land back on the active roster. The safety/linebacker spent the first four seasons of his career with the 49ers, collecting 155 tackles and five forced fumbles. With the 28-year-old back in the picture, he’ll provide the team with some extra depth at weak side linebacker behind Quincy Williams and Kwon Alexander.
Teams continue to tinker with their rosters after hundreds of players were cut earlier this week. We’ve tracked all of today’s minor moves below:
- Signed: TE Stephen Anderson, LS Aaron Brewer, CB Mike Ford, G Colby Gossett, LB Nick Kwiatkoski, S Dean Marlowe
- Placed on IR: S Charles Washington, WR Antoine Wesley
- Waived from IR: OL Greg Long
- Signed: DT Abdullah Anderson,
- Placed on IR: DL Marlon Davidson, TE John Fitzpatrick, LB Deion Jones, OL Jalen Mayfield, CB Isaiah Oliver
- Waived from IR: DT Aaron Crawford
- Signed: CB Darius Phillips, DT Mike Purcell, TE Eric Tomlinson
- Released: DB Essang Bassey
- Placed on IR: TE Greg Dulcich, CB Michael Ojemudia
- Released from IR: CB Donnie Lewis
Green Bay Packers
- Released from IR: WR Danny Davis
- Placed on IR: LB Trevor Denbow
- Claimed off waivers (from Bears): LB Caleb Johnson
- Released: DL Adam Gotsis
- Reverted to IR: K Jake Verity
Los Angeles Rams
- Placed on IR: LB Daniel Hardy
New England Patriots
- Placed on IR: WR Tyquan Thornton
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
- Signed: LB Austin Calitro, TE Tanner Hudson, DL Nick Williams
- Claimed off waivers (from Ravens): G Tyre Phillips
- Placed on IR: OL Shane Lemieux, DE Elerson Smith, CB Rodarius Williams
- Released from IR: TE Dre Miller, TE Ricky Seals-Jones
New York Jets
- Signed: S Marcell Harris
San Francisco 49ers
- Signed: CB Justin Coleman
- Placed on IR: DL LJ Collier
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Jets got a head start on reducing the roster yesterday, finishing the job with a number of moves today. Here are those moves that brought them down to 53 players:
- WR Tarik Black
- CB Isaiah Dunn
- T Chuma Edoga (story)
- OL Chris Glaser
- OL Grant Hermanns
- DL Jonathan Marshall
- LB Hamsah Nasirildeen
- OL Ross Pierschbacher
- S Jason Pinnock
- DL Tanzel Smart
- LB DQ Thomas
- TE Trevon Wesco
- CB Rachad Wildgoose
- TE Kenny Yeboah
- DL Jabari Zuniga
Placed on reserve/injured:
- FB Nick Bawden
New York has done a good job with their rookie class with every drafted rookie making the final 53. The Jets even were able to find spots on the roster for two of the six undrafted free agents they signed. Running back Zonovan Knight and safety Tony Adams will start the season on the roster after going undrafted out of NC State and Illinois, respectively.
Lawrence Cager returned this offseason to the team that signed him after going undrafted out of Georgia in 2020. After spending two seasons attempting to make rosters as a wide receiver, the 6-foot-5 Cager bulked up in an attempt to transition to tight end. It appears that the position change is working so far as Cager will start the season on an active roster for the first time in his career.
New York will have a chance to make moves necessary to form their 16-man practice squad tomorrow. Any players cut today who have not vested will have to clear waivers before returning to the Jets.
After losing the team-leader in receptions, Jamison Crowder, to free agency, the Jets have been looking to improve their wide receiver room this offseason. The Jets’ top five receivers’ season totals were within 107 yards of each other. Unfortunately for New York, their top receiver, Elijah Moore, totaled only 538 yards last year, followed by Corey Davis with 492 yards, Keelan Cole with 449 yards, Crowder with 447 yards, and Braxton Berrios with 431 yards. With Cole being a free agent, the Jets return a top-three group of Moore, Davis, and Berrios.
Many suspected that New York would address the position through free agency, but, while they were linked to essentially every available wide receiver, the only move they made was re-signing All-Pro return man Berrios. ESPN’s Rich Cimini posits that this may be a vote of confidence in third-year receiver Denzel Mims. In two years in the league, Mims has caught 31 balls for 490 yards, but Mims has cut his body fat to 8% this season and Jets’ coaches are liking what they’re hearing about the 24-year-old this offseason.
Veteran free agents are still available with the likes of Odell Beckham Jr., Julio Jones, Jarvis Landry, and even Antonio Brown still sitting on the open market. More likely would be the Jets addressing the position using the 2022 NFL Draft. The Jets have been linked to names like USC’s Drake London and Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson, but they’ve also expressed interest in trading one of their two top-ten picks for a veteran receiver. According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Jets general manager Joe Douglas doubled down on that interest, claiming that conversations with other general managers about draft trades have been heating up. Douglas didn’t go into specifics, but, according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, in response to the news that Deebo Samuel is seeking a trade, Douglas said, “My job is to get the team better. If the opportunity presents itself, we are going to be aggressive.”
One other note concerning the Jets’ new addition to the defense, Marcell Harris:
- The Jets added the former 49ers safety yesterday with Harris joining cornerback D.J. Reed and head coach Robert Saleh as the latest to make the move from San Francisco to New Jersey. According to a tweet from Cimini, the Jets plan to use Harris as a linebacker. New York must be confident with their options at safety as they return Lamarcus Joyner (who missed most of the 2021 NFL season with an injury), Ashtyn Davis, Elijah Riley, and Will Parks. At linebacker, Harris adds depth to a group that is led by C.J. Mosley and Quincy Williams. He’ll compete for snaps with fellow safety-to-linebacker converts Jamien Sherwood and Hamsah Nasirildeen.
The Jets are adding another contributor to their safety corps and another defensive back familiar with Robert Saleh‘s system. Former 49ers safety Marcell Harris is joining the Jets, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets.
Harris visited the Jets on Thursday. He will follow D.J. Reed as ex-49ers DBs to join Saleh in New York this offseason. The Jets also added former Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead, shortly before losing Marcus Maye to the Saints, in March. Harris, 27, figures to add depth or potentially give the Jets another starter option alongside Whitehead.
A former San Francisco sixth-round pick, Harris saw extensive action on defense. Although the ex-Florida Gator backed up Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt, injuries to the 49ers’ starters opened the door to playing time throughout Harris’ Bay Area run. Harris started 20 games with the 49ers, including a career-high seven last season. Some of those starts came at linebacker, when Harris filled in for an injured Dre Greenlaw at points last season.
Harris also improved in coverage last season, seeing his passer rating as the nearest defender plummet considerably — to 75.8 — after those numbers hovered well above 100 during his first three seasons. The 215-pound defender made 155 tackles (including a career-high 44 last season) over his four-year run. The Jets return C.J. Mosley and Quincy Williams on their defensive second level. They figure to add help on all three levels in the draft, given the team’s last-place defensive rankings in Saleh’s debut.
Nine-year veteran tackle David Bakhtiari missed nearly the entire 2021 NFL season after tearing his ACL on New Year’s Eve during the 2020 season. Unfortunately, he will have to continue waiting to play in his first playoff game since January of 2019, as the team announced, via Twitter, that he will be inactive for tonight’s game against the 49ers.
Bakhtiari had made a return for the Packers’ regular season finale, making the start in Detroit, but only playing 40% of the team’s offensive snaps. Head Coach Matt LaFleur shook off the early exit in a postgame press conference stating, “I wouldn’t say it’s anything we’re concerned about,” but it appears some continual discomfort throughout the week will keep the two-time All Pro from making a postseason return, just yet.
In the absence of Bakhtiari this year, the Packers have employed Elgton Jenkins at the blindside tackle position. Despite the reshuffled offensive line and several other injuries to key players, Green Bay still secured a first-round bye and homefield advantage. They will work tonight to extend their season another week and give Bakhtiari at least one more chance for a postseason return.
Other inactives for the Packers listed for the game tonight were safeties Shawn Davis & Vernon Scott, linebacker Jonathan Garvin, and wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The 49ers will be without cornerbacks Ambry Thomas & Deommodore Lenoir, safety Jarrod Wilson, running back Trey Sermon, linebacker Marcell Harris, offensive lineman Jaylon Moore, and defensive lineman Maurice Hurst. Packers’ cornerback Jaire Alexander is expected to play tonight after being listed as questionable.
We’ll keep track of the latest minor moves here:
- Released: K Zane Gonzalez
Los Angeles Chargers
- Signed: K Tristan Vizcaino
- Re-signed: C J.C. Hassenauer
San Francisco 49ers
- Re-signed: RB/FB Khari Blasingame