The New York Jets have announced that starting safety Marcus Maye has been removed from the Physically Unable to Perform List. He is now eligible to return to practice. This would appear to put Maye on track to begin the 2019 season as the starting free safety for the Jets.
S Marcus Maye has been removed from the Active/PUP list. pic.twitter.com/je7SHwPEIo— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 11, 2019
This is very welcome news for the Jets. Marcus Maye is a significantly better player than Rontez Miles and/or Doug Middleton, the potential replacements at free safety. With the Jets cornerbacks struggling and with Gregg Williams’ penchant for an aggressive, blitz happy defensive scheme, Maye projects to play an extremely important role as the last line of defense, preventing too many big plays against the defense.
When the Jets announced Maye was suffering from nerve damage in his injured shoulder, with an uncertain timetable for return, Jets fans braced for the worst. Fortunately this development puts those concerns to rest, at least for the moment.