Jets Sign RB Jonathan Grimes, Schedule a Workout for DB Chris Carr

Rocco ConstantinoContributor ISeptember 25, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 11:  Jonathan Grimes #43 of the Houston Texans scores a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during a preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Texans defeated the Panthers, 26-13.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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While everybody was focused on questions relating to Darrelle Revis at Rex Ryan's Monday press conference, Ryan concluded the press conference with a nod to his Pro Personnel Department.  

"I don’t know what’s out there. Certainly, we do a tremendous job with our Pro Personnel Department, so we will look at all possibilities," said the Jets head coach.

Ryan wasn't kidding as the team has made a number of moves in the wake of its win over the Dolphins.

First, the team released defensive lineman Marcus Dixon and resigned both Bryan Thomas and Patrick Turner.

In other minor moves, the Jets released cornerback Donnie Fletcher and practice squad mainstay Dennis Landolt.

In a more significant transaction, the Jets signed running back Jonathan Grimes off the practice squad of the Houston Texans.  By rule, Grimes must now remain on the Jets' active roster for three weeks.

Grimes signed as an undrafted free agent this season after harboring hopes of hearing his name called in the NFL Draft.  He finished a career at William & Mary, as the school's all-time leader in rushing yards (4,541), all-purpose yards (7,955), kick-return yards (2,289) and rushing attempts (936).

Grimes was named a First-Team All American for the Football Championship Subdivision by the Associated Press and the College Sporting News.

Before starring at William & Mary, he was an All-State running back for Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey. 

Grimes figures to play into the Jets' plans quickly and could play a role in the running game and maybe even on special teams.

In his Monday press conference, Ryan didn't sound particularly happy with the running game, but also gave credit to a good Dolphins' run defense.  With top defenses like the 49ers and Texans coming up next, the Jets are clearly looking for more burst from their running backs.

Among other things, Ryan noted an inability to get the ball outside against the Dolphins, which seems to be a shot directed at Shonn Greene, as Bilal Powell did find success in that area.

"Did I think we left some yards on the field? Yeah, absolutely. There was a chance to get the ball outside, just different things, but again, I would give credit to the opponent because they do an outstanding job stopping the run," said Ryan.

Grimes gives the Jets more speed in the running game and if he shows any explosiveness during his stint, could find himself sticking around for a while.

Jets beat writer Manish Mehta has also reported that the Jets plan to bring in veteran cornerback Chris Carr this week for a workout.

Carr is 29 years old and is a seven-year veteran with stints on the Raiders, Titans and Ravens.  Carr was in camp this year with the Vikings, but was released on the Vikings final cut of the 2012 preseason.

According to Mark Craig, a reporter with the Minnesota Star-Tribune, it was a huge surprise that Carr was cut this preseason.  

"Carr came to the Vikings from Baltimore and was working with the No. 1 nickel defense consistently through training camp and the preseason. There was speculation that he might eventually be elevated to a starting role so that 35-year-old Antoine Winfield could play only in the nickel."

Carr worked out for the Chargers last week and the Patriots a week before that, but wasn't signed by either team.

Last season, Carr played in nine games with the Ravens, suffering through a number of injuries.  The year before that though, he started all 16 games for the Ravens, registering two interceptions and 61 tackles.

The Ravens thought enough of Carr's 2010 season to resign the cornerback to a four-year contract prior to the 2011 season.

Carr would present a good option for the Jets if he shows that he is healthy in his workouts.  He would add a veteran presence in the secondary and while he wouldn't make up for the loss of Revis, he would give Ryan another option in his secondary.

GM Mike Tannenbaum has been faulted for general inactivity and for being flat-out stubborn at times, but it looks like he will be active in trying to fill some of the evident weak spots on the Jets' current roster.