The New York Jets signed offensive lineman James Murray to their practice squad to replace running back Josh Adams.
The team has now filled that eleventh spot (they got an extra spot for rugby import Valentine Holmes) with offensive lineman James Murray, per the team’s Twitter account.
We've signed OL James Murray to the practice squad. pic.twitter.com/NrsABo6mMl
— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 6, 2019
Murray signed with the Kanas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent after the 2018 draft, eventually landing a spot on their practice squad. He was promoted to their active roster midseason and eventually made two appearances, playing exclusively on special teams.
This season, he once again made the practice squad of the Chiefs but was waived off the unit in September. In addition to being signed to the Jets’ practice squad, he was selected in the eighth round of phase two of the XFL draft by the St. Louis BattleHawks.
He played his college football at Holy Cross seeing time at center, guard and tackle for the team. He made the Second-Team Patriot League roster back-to-back years in 2016-17, putting himself on the Chiefs’ radar.
He joins a team that has seen Ryan Kalil and Kelvin Beachum battling injuries, while Kelechi Osemele was released in the midst of a battle with the team over his health. The offensive line has also struggled immensely this season, resulting in Sam Darnold feeling rushed even when he hasn’t been.
This is the direct result of possessing a terrible offensive line. Sam Darnold, even when he has the protection, feels like he has to get rid of it quickly.
— ESNY Jets Film Room (@jetsfilmroom) November 7, 2019
The line’s struggles, Murray’s versatility across the line and the ever-present threat of injuries in the trenches could create an opportunity for Murray to be activated to the 53-man roster down the line.