Marcus Maye
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New York Jets safety Marcus Maye will end his season on injured reserve. Fellow secondary defender Jeremy Clark was promoted from the practice squad.

Geoff Magliocchetti

New York Jets safety Marcus Maye’s season is over. The second-year defender was placed on injured reserve on Saturday, the result of shoulder and thumb ailments.

ESPN’s Field Yates first reported the transaction, and the team later confirmed it.


Maye, the Jets’ second-round pick in 2017, ends his sophomore season with 34 tackles and two passes defended over six games. His biggest play of the season came on the final play of the Jets’ Week 5 win over Denver.

After earning his first interception of the season, and third of his career, Maye took the turnover 104 yards back. While Maye was stopped one yard short of a touchdown, it became the longest interception return in Jets history.

After four years at Florida, Maye was one of two SEC safeties chosen in the 2017 draft, the first being top-pick Jamal Adams of LSU. He would go on to earn 79 tackles and two interceptions in his rookie season.

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Maye’s 2018 season was defined by injuries. After missing the first three games of the season with a foot injury, he injured his thumb in an October game against Indianapolis. He would miss the ensuing game against Minnesota, but would partake in each of the next three.

Maye missed last week’s loss to New England with a shoulder injury and was the lone Jet ruled out for this Sunday’s visit to Tennessee (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS).

In his Friday press conference, head coach Todd Bowles said that surgery was “possible” for Maye. The defender becomes the second Jets’ starter placed on injured reserve this week, joining guard James Carpenter.

In his place rises Clark, a second-year cornerback from the practice squad. A Michigan alum, Clark was the Jets’ sixth-round pick in 2017. He appeared in one game with the Jets last season, but did not record any stats.

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