The New York Jets announced a few roster moves on Friday afternoon, most notably placing starting safety Bradley McDougald on injured reserve.
Less than 24 hours prior to their daunting trip to Kansas City, the New York Jets announced a flurry of roster moves.
– Activated CB Arthur Maulet off IR
– Signed K Sergio Castillo
– Elevated LB Bryce Hager and WR Jaleel Scott
– Placed S Bradley McDougald on IR
OL Cameron Clark has been downgraded to OUT (illness) for #NYJvsKC.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 31, 2020
Most notably, starting safety Bradley McDougald (shoulder) is headed to injured reserve, which will keep him out for at least the next three weeks. That means third-round rookie Ashtyn Davis, who played a season-high 32% of the defensive snaps last week, will most likely take McDougald’s place as the every-down starting safety next to Marcus Maye.
Kicker Sergio Castillo has been signed to the active roster, making it clear that Sam Ficken (groin) will miss his second consecutive game. In his Jets debut against the Bills, Castillo made his lone extra point attempt and connected on his lone field goal attempt, which was from 29 yards out. Castillo did not take over Ficken’s kickoff duties – those were handled by Braden Mann.
Cornerback Arthur Maulet has been activated off of injured reserve. Maulet had a solid second half of the 2019 season starting on the outside under Gregg Williams, allowing only 9.5 yards per reception on completions in his direction, 12th-lowest among cornerbacks. Maulet appeared in the Jets’ first two games of 2020, but only appeared on special teams and logged zero defensive snaps.
Linebacker Bryce Hager and wide receiver Jaleel Scott were chosen as the team’s two weekly practice squad elevations. Both decisions coincide with injuries to players on the 53-man roster. Blake Cashman, the team’s top backup at inside linebacker (although he has only played on special teams over the past 2 games since returning to action), is out with a hamstring injury. At wide receiver, the Jets will be without Breshad Perriman (concussion) and Jamison Crowder (groin).
Rookie guard Cameron Clark has been downgraded to out with an illness. Clark was not listed on the injury report at all throughout the week, but another offensive lineman was listed on Friday’s injury report as questionable with an illness, Conor McDermott. It seems that the illness must have spread through the offensive line room with Clark coming down hard the day prior to the game.
In other news, left guard Alex Lewis (shoulder) was a full participant in Friday’s practice and is set to reclaim his starting spot after missing last week’s clash with Buffalo. Josh Andrews was utterly atrocious in Lewis’ place (9 pressures allowed, most by any lineman in a game this season), so Lewis will be welcomed back with open arms.