The New York Jets have activated running back Elijah McGuire from the injured reserve list and safety Rontez Miles from the physically unable to perform list. In order to make room for McGuire and Miles on the 53 man roster the Jets have released running back De’Angelo Henderson and safety Ibraheim Campbell.
The return of Elijah McGuire may provide rookie quarterback Sam Darnold with another much needed weapon as his best receivers, Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson, continue to work their way back from injuries. Last year in his rookie season the 5’10”, 215 pound McGuire ran the ball 88 times for a rather poor 3.6 yard average, and caught 17 of 26 passes for 177 yards and a decent 6.8 yards per target. Jets coaches raved about McGuire this past off season, expressing high hopes for significant improvement from his rookie year. The expectation is that McGuire will essentially take over the role of the injured Bilal Powell. If so that would likely leave rookie running back Trenton Cannon as the odd man out in the running back rotation after Cannon got some rare playing time in the absence of Powell.
The veteran safety Rontez Miles provides some help for a banged up Jets defensive backfield, though with Marcus Maye on the mend it remains to be seen what kind of role Miles will have.