FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Today the Jets waived WR/KR Jeremy Ross, as well as RB/KR C.J. Spiller. Todd Bowles explained the moves saying that a few of his receivers, Jalin Marshall and Devin Smith, are getting healthier and provide the same services as Spiller and Ross.
"We have a couple of guys coming back that we want to see," Bowles explained to the media today. "Our receivers are getting healthy. We had too many at the spot for Ross. (In Spiller’s case), we wanted to take a look at a guy on the practice squad for a little bit and we wanted to go from there."
That guy on the practice squad is wide out Darius Jennings who previously was on the Browns' practice squad. Jennings will join Gang Green's practice squad, looking to give the team a boost on special teams. The University of Virginia product was a collegiate star setting a school record for kick return yards at 1,839.
Spiller was waived after only appearing in two games with the Jets. He was brought in to give the team some depth at running back because the Jets were banged up. Spiller was also reunited with former his head coach in Buffalo Chan Gailey. Unfortunately, Spiller's role never blossomed beyond returning kicks.
Ross has bounced on and off the roster all season. The Jets liked the fact he was experienced and could secure the football. Ross' 20.4 yard return average wasn't anything special, so the Jets will turn to a more explosive returner.
The Jets also released wide receiver Mario Alford from the practice squad.