Joe Douglas and the New York Jets have brought back safety Matthias Farley while sending three more players to injured reserve.
New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas did inform the media more moves were coming, and now, he’s a man of his word.
On Labor Day, the organization brought back another recently cut player in the form of safety Matthias Farley.
We've signed OL Josh Andrews, TE Dan Brown, DB Matthias Farley and DB Nate Hairston to the active roster.
OL Cameron Clark, LB Patrick Onwuasor, WR Jeff Smith, WR Vyncint Smith and DL Jabari Zuniga have been placed on IR.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 7, 2020
Farley, 28, was cut on Saturday as the team narrowed its roster down to 53. Considering Brant Boyer‘s usage of Farley on special teams, the move could be classified as a surprise.
Now he’s back, and with the addition of Nate Hairston on Sunday, the total number of defensive backs has increased to 10.
Along with Farley, the Jets announced the return of three other players, all of whom hit headlines Sunday (Josh Andrews, Daniel Brown, Nate Hairston). In conjunction, the team placed five players on injured reserve.
Vyncint Smith, Jeff Smith, Jabari Zuniga, Cameron Clark and Patrick Onwuasor will all be shelved during the early stages of the season. Smith and Smith were announced earlier in the day, and even though it’s possible Vyncint could have returned Week 2, the Jets will be without his services until Week 4 due to the IR designation.
The new IR rules during this extremely unique season allow for much more flexibility (three-week absence). The moves leave one open spot on the final 53-man roster in a few positions that are currently thin. Wide receiver has only five players, offensive line is stuck at eight, and inside linebacker is sitting with just three.