Kenbrell Thompkins Promoted to 53-man Roster

The Jets have promoted Kenbrell Thompkins to their active roster for the matchup against Tompkins former team.

With Quincy Enunwa serving a four-game suspension, due to violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after a domestive violence arrest last year, the Jets have promoted Kenbrell Thompkins to the active roster. Enunwa's suspension opened up a roster spot for the next four weeks and for, at least, this week Thompkins will fill up Enunwa's vacated roster spot.

The Jets will miss Enunwa's blocking far more than his receiving ability, Enunwa only has eight catches, on 17 targets, for 94 yards on the season, but with the team lacking any type of quality tight end Enunwa has served as an extra blocker in the running game very well. The Jets don't have anyone on the roster they can comfortably trust to fill the H-back role but with the struggles they have had at finding a viable third receiving option for Ryan Fitzpatrick they decided to promote Thompkins to give them an extra receiver.

"He's played tough, but we have some receivers and we have some different type of personnel packages," Todd Bowles said about replacing Enunwa. "Hopefully (Chris) Owusu will be coming back soon and we'll go from here."

While the Jets are hoping to get Chris Owusu back from his knee injury Bowles said he will need to see Owusu run before deciding if he's ready to play on Sunday. Rookie receiver Devin Smith has yet to get going and find a rhythm with Fitzpatrick and Jeremy Kerley hasn't been able to find much playing time outside of the game against the Eagles. Thompkins will most likely find himself at the very bottom of the depth chart of available receivers but if the Jets continue to struggle to find a third receiving option don't be surprised if they give Thompkins some burn to see if he can help them beat his former team.


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