Just three days after demoting outside linebacker Freddie Bishop to the practice squad the New York Jets have changed their minds and promoted him back to the 53 man roster.
Although a surprise roster cut could be forthcoming to make room for Bishop on the 53 man roster, the most likely development is that wide receiver Jalin Marshall will remain inactive one more week.
The Jets have a roster exemption for Marshall through Monday, October 9 relating to his four game suspension. Why Monday? Because week 5 of the NFL season does not conclude until Monday Night Football takes place, so technically the Jets have until that time to activate Jalin Marshall. This technicality allows the Jets to, in effect, extend Marshall’s suspension for one more week before the Jets have to figure out what to do with him.
If the Jets do not intend to activate Jalin Marshall until Monday this does not bode particularly well for Marshall. It could just be that the Jets feel a greater need for another edge defender in this particular matchup. It could be the Jets are simply playing a roster flexibility game, recognizing that guys can and do get hurt every week, so the decision regarding the last roster spot could be made for them by injury. By not activating Marshall just yet the Jets are in effect keeping the rights to an extra player for a week. However, it also could be that the Jets are on the fence as to whether or not to bring Marshall back at all. If they were eager to get him back one would think he would be back this week. Tuesday will be a significant date. Marshall’s future with the Jets may hang in the balance.