New York Jets further adjust roster as Week 1 looms

New York Jets

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

New York Jets release CB Bless Austin, add three defenders

New York Jets, Bless Austin

The New York Jets wasted no time getting to work in the post-cutdown roster landscape and bid farewell to their most experienced cornerback.

Their first 53-man roster only came out yesterday, but the 2021 New York Jets already look different.

Per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Jets are releasing cornerback Bless Austin. The Rutgers alum and Queens native was projected to be one of the team’s defensive starters in his third NFL season. With Austin gone, the Jets wasted no time in adding defensive reinforcements, picking up defensive lineman Tim Ward, linebacker Quincy Williams (per waiver claims released by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network), and safety Sheldrick Redwine (per ESPN’s Adam Schefter). Each defender was released as part of Tuesday’s cutdown to 53-man rosters across the league.

Head coach Robert Saleh confirmed the departure of Austin shortly after Garafolo’s report. Per DJ Bien-Aime of the New York Daily News, Saleh was “appreciative” of what the 25-year-old Austin brought to the team but wanted to work with some of their even fresher talents. Sophomore Bryce Hall is now the most experienced cornerback on the roster, while the Jets also kept drafted rookies Michael Carter II, Jason Pinnock, and Brandin Echols. New York also opted to keep undrafted freshman Isaiah Dunn.

Despite an injury-plagued career in Piscataway, Austin was chosen in the sixth round (196th overall) by the Jets in the 2019 draft. He developed a reputation as a strong hitter but struggled in coverage. His New York career ends with 88 tackles (three for a loss) over 18 career games in green.

The Jets’ new additions continue to work toward the goal of bolstering the top defensive unit after the medical departures of Carl Lawson and Jarrad Davis. Ward, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, had three sacks this preseason while Williams (the older brother of Jets defenders and fellow 2019 draftee Quinnen) is an experienced option that can help the defense tread water until Davis returns. Redwine has worked as a free safety and slot defender during two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

New York’s 2021 regular season opens in Charlotte against the Panthers on Sept. 12 (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags