Xavier Coleman

Jets Waive WR Jalin Marshall

Jalin Marshall‘s four-game suspension for a PED policy violation ended, but the Jets look to be going in a different direction.

The Jets waived the second-year wide receiver on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. And the team announced the move, which ends what turned out to be a short era for the 2016 UDFA with the Jets. New York replaced Marshall on the 53-man roster with cornerback Xavier Coleman, a practice squad promotion.

This comes five days after the team activated Marshall and cut cornerback Marcus Williams, upon whom the team placed a second-round RFA tender.

Marshall worked as a rotational receiver for the Jets as a rookie but was expected to take on a bigger role going into this season, with Gang Green having released Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. But the PED suspension intervened, and the Jets now have Jermaine Kearse and Jeremy Kerley in addition to multiple mid-round draft rookies at the position.

Kerley has helped the Jets fill Marshall’s special teams roles. The Ohio State product worked as both a kick- and punt-return specialist last season.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Sunday NFL Transactions: AFC East

Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four AFC East teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for the BillsDolphinsPatriots, and Jets are noted below.

Additionally, as of 12:00pm CT today, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.

Here are Sunday’s AFC East transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day:

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

New York Jets

Jets Make 23 Moves, Reach 53-Man Limit

The Jets waived 17 players, released three, placed two on the suspended list, and waived/injured one player in order to reach the 53-man maximum. Here’s the complete breakdown:

Waived:

Reserve/Suspended:

Waived/Injured:

Released:

Purdum was the longest-tenured player on the Jets’ roster, but he wasn’t performing up to standards this offseason. When the Jets acquired long snapper Thomas Hennessy in a trade with the Colts in late August, it was clear that Purdum’s time with the organization was coming to a close.

Jets Sign 8 Undrafted Free Agents

The Jets have signed eight undrafted free agents, according to a team announcement:

  • Austin Calitro, LB (Villanova)
  • Xavier Coleman, CB (Portland State)
  • Brisly Estime, WR/PR (Syracuse)
  • Anthony Firkser, FB/TE (Harvard)
  • Patrick Gamble, DL (Georgia Tech)
  • Connor Harris, LB (Lindenwood)
  • Javarius Leamon, OT (South Carolina State)
  • Gabe Marks, WR (Washington State)

Marks left Washington State as the Pac-12’s record holder for career receptions, but still didn’t hear his name called after 250+ selections on draft weekend. Some believe that Marks went undrafted because of the perception that his stats were inflated by the Cougars’ pass-heavy offense. For his part, Marks rejects that notion.

Guys are trying to call us ‘system receivers’ like that’s a thing,’’ Marks told the Seattle Times in February. “It’s not a thing. You’ve still got to do it. It doesn’t matter the system that you are in. You’ve still got to catch the ball. Somebody has to catch the ball and score the touchdowns. If you just put some guy out there that couldn’t play, it wouldn’t work. I just get an opportunity to catch more passes — I can understand that. But I’m still getting open. So the whole ‘system receiver’ thing kind of bothers me a little bit.”

Estime probably had interest from at least one other team since he received an above-average $15K package ($5K bonus, $10K base) to sign with the Jets (Twitter link via Tom Pelissero of USA Today).