The Jets have made four transactions today, signing WR/KR Jeremy Ross, placing DL Lawrence Thomas on injured reserve, signing WR Myles White to the practice squad, and terminating the practice squad contract of S Ronald Martin.
Ross (6'0", 215), in the wake of rookie Jalin Marshall's shoulder injury, returns to the active roster after being released on the Jets' final cutdown Sept. 3. This preseason he had six receptions for 89 yards (14.8 yards/catch), four punt returns for 48 yards (12.0 yards/return) and two kickoff returns for 66 yards, including a 51-yarder.
The Jets are Ross' seventh NFL team since he broke in with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He's played in 45 games (15 starts) with four of those teams with 39 receptions for 469 yards (12.0) and two touchdowns, 77 punt returns for an 11.2 average with one TD, and 66 kickoff returns for a 25.1 average and a TD.
Ross' highlight video game came as a Lion at Philadelphia in Week 14 of the 2013 season, when he took a punt return 58 yards and a kickoff return 98 yards, both for scores. He's the most recent NFL returner to take a punt and a kickoff to the house in the same game, joining a list that in the past 10 seasons includes Trindon Holliday, Ted Ginn, Eddie Royal, Devin Hester and Darren Sproles.
Thomas, the undrafted D-lineman from Michigan State, goes on IR with a shoulder injury. He made his pro debut as a starter in the opener against Cincinnati and was in all three games for the Jets. He had five tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss on his 35 defense plays and added 26 snaps on special teams.
White (6'0", 182), who signed as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay in 2013 and also spent time with the Giants last year and this year, was signed to the Jets practice squad on Sept. 4 and released Sept. 12. He has played in 19 games in the NFL with 16 receptions for 154 yards (9.6) and a touchdown with the Giants late last season.
Martin began as an undrafted free agent with Seattle in 2015 and the Jets acquired him off waivers from the Seahawks. He played in eight games with the Green & White last season, exclusively on special teams. This season he played in the last three preseason games, was waived Sept. 4, then was signed to the practice squad two days later.