The New York Jets have signed veteran Marcus Cooper who was released by the Detroit Lions on Tuesday.
This move isn’t huge but according to online sportsbooks in NJ it’ll help the team move in the right direction.
Cooper, 29, has played in 74 games and have four interceptions with the Cardinals in 2016. He has seven career interceptions.
Marcus Cooper hasn’t started in an NFL game since September, 2017. He was a member the Chicago Bears.
Cooper started in 28 games through 74 career appearances. The Jets need experience and Cooper has it.
Cooper was a seventh round pick for the 49ers in 2013 and has been an NFL journeyman ever since. Marcus Cooper returns to the state of New Jersey, where he played his college ball at Rutgers University
Cooper played all four years for the Scarlett Knights and saw very limited playing time as a starter during his first two seasons.
He transitioned to cornerback in his final year with Rutgers, increasing his playing time and making himself an NFL prospect a move that today he’s very thankful about.
During his years in High School, Cooper was an all-around star athlete, crushing records on the football field along with becoming a track star. He broke all the records in football including receiving yards, touchdowns, receptions and consecutive games with a touchdown.
Cooper joins Bless Austin as the only other former Rutgers players on the Jets roster.
To make the move possible the Jets Released & TE Nick Truesdell.
The Jets needed a cornerback after starting CB Johnson went down and is week-to-week with a hamstring injury. CB Kyron Brown is also sidelined with a hamstring injury and Derrick Jones was waived.
You can expect Cooper to make a bigger impact than you’d expect. He’s an exceptional corner, and one that New York will have to watch grow throughout the season. He isn’t a day one starter, but you’ll see his role increase throughout preseason and into the regular season.