Jets add potential punter of future

The Jets signed promising middle linebacker Mark Brown to the active roster on Wednesday


New York City-- The New York Jets announced today they have signed linebacker Mark Brown and defensive tackle Alan Harper to the active roster and signed punter Mark Mariscal and wide receiver Rob Turner to the practice squad. The Club also waived safety David Young from injured reserve. The announcements were made by the Jets public relations department.

Brown signed with the Jets as a rookie free agent from Auburn University on May 2, 2003. The 6-0, 238-pound linebacker tallied eight tackles (three solo) and had one interception in two games this preseason. He was waived at the end of training camp and signed to the practice squad on September 1 before being released on October 16 and then re-signed to the practice roster on November 11.

Harper, a 6-1, 285-pound defensive tackle, was the Jets' fourth round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, the 121st overall selection. The former Fresno State Bulldog was re-signed to the practice squad on October 16 of this year after being waived on October 15. Harper was inactive for all 16 games in his rookie year and the first five games of the 2003 season as well.

Mariscal, a 6-2, 200-pound punter from the University of Colorado, first entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the New Orleans Saints, signing on May 2, 2003. The Tallahassee, Florida native averaged 47.1 yards on 10 punts for the Saints this preseason before being waived on August 25. Mariscal also worked some as a placekicker in college for the Buffaloes where he was the 2002 Ray Guy Award winner, awarded to the nation's top punter.

Turner is a 6-3, 200-pound rookie wide receiver from Central Michigan University. The native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida played in 44 collegiate games in four seasons for the Chippewas, catching 112 passes for 1,363 yards and five touchdowns.

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