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Jets sign running back off Texans practice squad

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The Jets had a roster spot open after releasing three players Monday and re-signing linebacker Bryan Thomas and wide receiver Patrick Turner, one that many likely assumed would go to a cornerback to help try to fill the enormous hole left open by Darrelle Revis‘ torn ACL.

They’ve decided to move in a different direction, though. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets have filled that spot by signing running back Jonathan Grimes off of the Texans’ practice squad. Grimes was an undrafted rookie out of William & Mary who drew some nice notices at Texans camp, but wound up on the practice squad thanks to the presence of Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Justin Forsett.

Grimes’ arrival comes a day after Jets coach Rex Ryan suggested that running back Shonn Greene’s hold on the lead tailback role might not be as strong as it was coming into the season. Greene has averaged less than three yards per carry through the first three games and Bilal Powell saw more time in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins than he’d seen in the first two weeks of the season.

The Jets also play the Texans in Week Five, so they might like to get some information from Grimes about what the No. 1 team in the PFT Power Rankings has been up to in practice. Grimes has to remain on the 53-man roster for three weeks, though, so it would be a lot of effort to get more information than what’s already available on film.

Mehta also reports that the team is working out veteran cornerback Chris Carr this week. Carr, who was one of the Vikings’ final cuts, could wind up signing with the team when they place Revis on injured reserve.

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14 Responses to “Jets sign running back off Texans practice squad”
  1. htown1035 says: Sep 25, 2012 3:30 PM

    You guys will love Grimes. Good north/south runner, tough to bring down and quick.

  2. btwicey says: Sep 25, 2012 3:38 PM

    Give Powell the rock, Greene is one of the worst backs in the league , he’s a plodder who can’t catch!

  3. natron91 says: Sep 25, 2012 3:45 PM

    Carr would be a solid signing……loved watchin him at Boise State and has had a solid…..not outstanding but solid…..2 BSU products I’m the secondary…..love it

  4. txtuff says: Sep 25, 2012 3:46 PM

    I wanted the Texans to keep Grimes on the roster instead of Justin Forsett. Grimes has a ton of upside!

  5. forcef1ve says: Sep 25, 2012 3:46 PM

    Greene starts falling down even before contact and looks surprised & confused whenever he finds daylight, which is rarely….

  6. cliffleesbeard says: Sep 25, 2012 4:10 PM

    I’ve practiced with Grimes in HS, my roommate has played with him. When he was a freshmen, he was an absolute monster. He’s an animal and a very good person

  7. realitypolice says: Sep 25, 2012 4:32 PM

    Good ol’ Grimsie.

  8. wreckintexin says: Sep 25, 2012 4:34 PM

    Grimes looked really good for us in preseason. Good find Jets and good luck Grimes

  9. exibitsman says: Sep 25, 2012 4:54 PM

    Excellent pick up for the jets Grimes could be the steal of year. Hopefully he will carry the ball this week againts the49ers.

  10. srcnsd says: Sep 25, 2012 5:21 PM

    Sounds like the Jets are trying to put their best foot forward.

  11. lrjets says: Sep 25, 2012 6:15 PM

    Kudos to you non-Jets fans. Actually the first Jets blog that mostly filled space with insight, not like the “Florio-sheep” who”d prefer bad things happen to the Jets than good to their team.
    You guys are true fans of the game.

  12. djaehne says: Sep 26, 2012 4:37 AM

    Grimes is a good pick up. He had a pretty productive pre-season. He’d have stuck with the 53 man roster had Forssett not played even better. Too bad its the Jets. Disfunctional, a nest of upper management liars. His first taste of action will serve to make his second team seem so much better.

  13. galvestontexans says: Sep 26, 2012 2:50 PM

    Hate to see us loose Grimes. Good back and special teams player. At least he was in the pre season

  14. bhind8ball says: Sep 26, 2012 3:07 PM

    I watched Grimes play every home game he played in at William and Mary. He is an excellent running back with skills man! He is a great player who deserves a shot. I hope he gets his chance, would love to see him succeed and given a chance. Im a Steelers fan wish we had him.

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