New York Jets call up two from practice squad in lead-up to Indy

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 29: A general view of a New York Jets helmet before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on December 29, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Jets beat the Bills 13 to 6. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

The depleted New York Jets promoted two players from their practice squad prior to their Sunday showdown with the Colts.

Decimated by injuries, the New York Jets added two players from their practice squad as they prepare to battle the Indianapolis Colts on the road this Sunday (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS). Receiver Lawrence Cager and offensive lineman Jimmy Murray will each join the active roster, the team confirmed on Saturday night.

Cager, 23, earned positive reviews during his training camp stretch with the Jets over the summer. He joined the team as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia. Cager had transferred to the Bulldogs after three seasons with Miami. Overall, he earned 1,157 yards on 78 receptions, 14 good for touchdowns, in his time in Athens and Coral Gables. Injuries limited him to only one full season, his junior campaign of 2018 when he scored a career-best six scores.

The Jets (0-2) are very much depleted on the receiving front. Second-round rookie Denzel Mims is on injured reserve while veterans Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder have already been ruled out due to injuries. Chris Hogan and Braxton Berrios are expected to be the top options for quarterback Sam Darnold at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Meanwhile, Murray joins the team’s active roster for the first time since joining up with the practice squad in November. He was waived at the end of the summer’s training camp activities but was signed back to the squad the next day. An alum of Holy Cross (where he earned second-team All-Patriot League nominations in 2016 and 2017), the 25-year-old blocker has partaken in two regular season NFL games, each with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018.

Murray’s name was called during the offensive lineman portion of last fall’s XFL Draft. He was chosen in the eighth round by the St. Louis BattleHawks but opted not to sign with the team and remained with the Jets’ practice squad.

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