The Jets have placed guard James Carpenter on the injured reserve list due to a shoulder injury. Taking the place of Carpenter on the Jets 53 man roster will be guard Ben Braden, who was promoted from the practice squad. To replace Braden the Jets have signed running back RB Mark Thompson to the practice squad.
James Carpenter was originally selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 25th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft out of the University of Alabama. He was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Jets in 2015, part of general manager Mike Maccagnan’s initial wave of free agent signings. Carpenter started 58 straight games for the Jets up until he missed the Jets game against Buffalo a couple of weeks ago. With his contract expiring after the 2018 season Carpenter’s time with the Jets may be at an end.
Ben Braden is a 24 year old, 6’ 6”, 329 pound guard. Braden was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Michigan after the 2017 draft and spent all of last season on the Jets’ practice squad. He made it through cut down day this year and was on the opening day roster, but was inactive. Braden was waived by the Jets after the season opener and was re-signed to the practice squad.
Mark Thompson is a 23 year old, 6’ 2”, 239 pound running back. Thompson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2018 NFL draft. Thompson has good speed for his size, with a 4.52 40 yard time. In preseason action with the Ravens this year Thompson had 31 carries for 146 yards and 10 receptions for 76 yards.