The New York Jets have waived wide receiver Jalin Marshall. Replacing Marshall on the 53 man roster is cornerback Xavier Coleman, promoted from the practice squad. Marshall seemingly got caught in a numbers game, with Jeremy Kerley and 2017 3rd round draft pick ArDarius Stewart both filling similar roles to what Marshall projected to provide. The Jets didn’t need three receivers operating primarily from the slot, and Marshall wound up the odd man out. It is possible Marshall will be signed to the practice squad to replace Coleman.
Marshall got his start with the Jets in 2016 as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State. After drawing rave reviews in training camp Marshall began the season with the 2016 Jets as their primary returner and a contributor on offense out of the slot. Ball security issues eventually led the Jets to relieve Marshall of his returning duties. Marshall ended the 2016 season with 18 punt returns for 100 yards, 13 kick returns for 321 yards, and 14 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns, along with four fumbles.
Xavier Coleman is a 5’ 11”, 190 pound rookie undrafted cornerback out of Portland State University. Coleman has outstanding leaping ability with a 40” vertical and tracks the ball well. His biggest claim to fame in college was holding star wide receiver and 2017 first round draft pick John Ross in check, although careful analysis of the tape of that game reveals that Washington chose to line Ross up on the opposite side of the field of Coleman for much of that game.