In recent news, the Jets signed former Patriots cornerback Ras-I Dowling to the practice squad. The 25 year old was drafted 33rd overall by the Patriots in 2011. Dowling is a fairly safe addition to the Jets practice roster. He played his college ball at Virginia, where he started all 12 games as freshman. In 2009 he was voted to the All-ACC team and in 2010 he was voted as a second team All-American. He was a highly touted high school recruit, who earned a 4 star rating from Rivals.
Unfortunately Dowling has suffered numerous injuries during his NFL career. He played two games for New England in 2011 before suffering a severe hip injury. In 2012 he tore a thigh muscle that ended his season. Some may say that he is "damaged goods", but overall it is not a bad addition to the practice roster.
According to NFL.com's draft profile, Dowling has good speed (4.46 40 yard dash). They state that he is a "sound tackler" with fairly good coverage skills. Dowling has great size (6'1" 200 lbs.) that helps him cover lengthy receivers. Unfortunately, his hip injuries hurt his ability to swivel quickly and recover on plays.
This is a low risk signing that can either potentially be a smart move or test. With Dee Milliner's current injury situation, it will be interesting to see how Dowling plays in practice. Perhaps he will be able to overcome past injuries and compete to play in certain defensive packages. For now the Jets will look to use Dowling as an effective practice player.