The New York Jets have started the process of assigning 10 players to the team's practice squad for the beginning of the 2015 season. The Jets have eight spots reserved for younger players, and another two spots for 'veterans.' Below are the qualifications in order for a player to be practice squad eligible.
- Have no prior accrued seasons (6+ games on active roster) in the NFL
- Have one prior accrued season in which the player was on the 45-man active roster for no more than eight games
- Each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of two practice squad players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit
- If served two seasons on practice squad, the player is eligible for a third season only if the team has at least 53 players on its active/inactive list for the duration of that player's employment
- A player has served one season on the practice squad if he is on the practice squad for at least six games.
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The following players have been added to the Jets practice squad: Linebacker Deion Barnes, fullback/linebacker Julian Howsare, defensive end Jordan Williams, offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, linebacker Taiwan Jones, tight end Wes Saxton, receiver Walt Powell and cornerback Keon Lyn.
New York still have two spots available on their practice squad.
The Jets were awarded safety Ronald Martin off the waiver wire, the team announced on Sunday. Martin had spent training camp with the Seattle Seahawks. Newsday's Kimberley Martin was the first to report the transaction.
Martin, 22, was signed as an undrafted free agent out of LSU by the Seahawks on May 8. In college, Martin started 21 of the 37 games he played in during his four-year stay. In those games, he recorded 149 tackles, eight interceptions, scored four touchdowns and defended 17 passes. Martin also forced four fumbles.
Entering the draft, NFL.com considered Martin, who stands 6-2 and weighs 220 pounds, a "physical, box-safety linebacker" who "plays through the whistle and relishes contact." Martin was viewed as a player that could cover tight ends, and had "adequate" ball skills. Martin was limited in what he was able to do in coverage, however, due in part to his slow speed. At his pro day, Martin ran a 4.61 40 yard dash.
With Martin on the roster, the Jets waived safety Rontez Miles