Florham Park, N.J. - The New York Jets made news Tuesday when the team announced they cut wide receiver and special teams threat Jeremy Ross. In return, the team claimed wide receiver Jeremy Butler on waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Ross was with New York during training camp and impressed with his speed and kick return abilities. But, with the emergence of rookie utility receiver Jalin Marshall during the preseason, Ross was waived. He was brought back when Marshall sustained a torn labrum in his shoulder forcing the rookie to sit out two games. In Marshall's absence, Ross had no punt returns and two kick returns averaging 26 yards.
The Jets swapped Ross for former Tampa Bay and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Butler. The Buccaneers released Butler earlier in the week after coming off a season in which he had 31 receptions for 363 yards. His waiver claim means extra depth at wide receiver for the Jets who suddenly face a predicament with many injuries.
This could mean the potential return of Jalin Marshall. The undrafted wide receiver and returner from Ohio State played in the first three games of the season before injuring his shoulder. Recently, Marshall has been seen at practice fielding kicks and punts during special teams drills. If he is healthy and cleared for contact, the Jets may elect to keep Butler on the depth chart or move him to the practice squad while promoting Marshall to a top four slot among the receiving core.
New York continues to look for options to replace Eric Decker who may be out multiple weeks due to a partially torn rotator cuff. The Injured Reserve list may not be out of the question. They currently have seven receivers on the active roster - Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Charone Peake, Jalin Marshall and Jeremy Butler.
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