New York Jets: TE Kenny Yeboah to make NFL debut on Sunday

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The New York Jets’ undrafted rookie, who will sub in for the injured Tyler Kroft, became a preseason folk hero last summer.

A New York Jets summer hero is about to make his autumn debut.

Tight end Kenny Yeboah will partake in his first NFL regular season game on Sunday as the Jets battle the Atlanta Falcons in London (9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network). Yeboah, an undrafted free agent out of Temple and Mississippi, is perhaps best known as the recipient of a 50-yard Hail Mary at the end of the Jets’ preseason finale against Philadelphia in August. It capped off an evening that saw Yeboah earned 100 yards on four receptions, half of which went for touchdowns.

Yeboah’s debut comes in the absence of primary tight end Tyler Kroft, who is out for Sunday’s contest with a back injury. Safeties Marcus Maye and Adrian Colbert are out with concussions, as is receiver Jeff Smith.

The Jets (1-3) face off against an Atlanta team that will be missing several primary contributors. Top receiver Calvin Ridley is missing the game due to personal reasons as will fellow catcher Russell Gage and defensive lineman Marlon Davidson, each of whom are dealing with ankle issues.

While Ridley (1,374 receiving yards in 2020) is a major part of Atlanta’s attack, Jets head coach Robert Saleh said that his absence won’t make a difference in the metropolitan defensive game plan.

“We may see some different personnel groupings, (but it) doesn’t really affect our game plan, it came in so late,” Saleh said, per notes from the Jets. “Ridley is a heck of a football player. But at the same time, they’ve still got a lot of weapons with (running back/receiver) Cordarrelle Patterson, he’s rejuvenated, (quarterback) Matt Ryan can get the ball to anyone. Their draft pick, (tight end) Kyle Pitts, is pretty freaking good. It’s a challenge, they got a lot of weapons over there.”

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags 

New York Jets further adjust roster as Week 1 looms

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The New York Jets re-promoted Josh Adams to their active 53, signed a former Cleveland defender, and added two to their practice squad.

The New York Jets confirmed the additions of running back Josh Adams and safety Sheldrick Redwine to their active 53-man roster on Monday. They likewise added safeties Adrian Colbert and Jarrod Wilson to their practice squad, Adams’ former dwelling before his promotion.

Adams rejoins the Jets, having served as one of the more effective rushers on the team last season. The Notre Dame alum and former Philadelphia Eagle (working with current Jets general manager Joe Douglas in the latter locale) picked up 157 yards on 29 carries, two of which went for scores. Adams would later end the preseason with a team-best 62 yards on 12 attempts in the Jets’ 31-31 tie against Philadelphia in each team’s respective summer finale. It was Adams’ punch-in on a two-point conversion that set up the tie after regulation under the NFL’s adjusted rules that abolish overtime in preseason games.

He was among the Jets’ final cuts last week but now returns to the active roster. Adams previously appeared amongst the top ten in rookie rushers during his freshman NFL showing in 2018, tallying 511 yards with the Eagles.

On defense, the Jets shored up their secondary with some experience by acquiring the third-year safety Redwine, formerly of the Cleveland Browns. The Miami alum and fourth-round pick from 2019 tallied 69 tackles and one interception over 27 games (8 starts). Redwine also earned an interception during the Browns’ AFC Wild Card victory in January.

In terms of the practice squad additions, Colbert is a former Robert Saleh comrade from the Bay Area. San Francisco, who had hired current Jets head Coach Saleh as defensive coordinator, originally chose him in the seventh round (229th overall) in the 2017 draft. He earned 58 tackles and forced two fumbles over a couple of seasons with the 49ers. Colbert spent the last two regular seasons with the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants respectively and was on the New England Patriots training camp roster this summer.

As for Wilson, the Michigan alum built a five-year NFL career with Jacksonville after entering as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He has earned 188 tackles and three interceptions during his time with the Jaguars.

The Jets open their season this Sunday on the road, taking on the Carolina Panthers (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags