Josh Malone

New York Jets
Wide Receiver #80
New York Jets
Wide Receiver #80

Josh Malone News

Agrees to future contract

Malone signed a future contract with the Jets on Monday.

Analysis: Malone made appearances over the first four weeks of the 2020 season, totaling four catches for 16 yards on a total of 80 offensive snaps. The 24-year-old made his greatest impact on special teams, collecting 140 yards over seven kickoff returns. He'll now return to the Jets to kick off the 2021 league year after being promoted to the active roster on Dec. 19.

Jan 4, 2021 3:29 PM EST


Sticks with Jets' practice squad

Malone signed to the Jets' practice squad Tuesday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old was on New York's active roster before being waived over the weekend, but he'll remain with the organization on the practice squad. Malone caught four of six targets for 16 yards in four games.

Oct 13, 2020 2:18 PM EST



Let go by Jets

The Jets waived Malone on Saturday.

Analysis: Malone signed with the Jets' active roster after injuries decimated the starters and the depth of the team's wideout corps. The 24-year-old suited up in four games and caught four passes for 16 yards and rushed once for 12 yards. If he clears waivers, he'll likely return to the Jets' practice squad.

Oct 10, 2020 4:47 PM EST


Signs with active roster

Malone signed with the Jets' active roster Tuesday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Malone has been bouncing between the practice squad and the active roster, but he'll be kept up for now with Breshad Perriman (ankle), Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and Chris Hogan (ribs) all battling injuries. If all three miss Sunday's game versus the Colts, Malone will likely start at wide receiver. Through two games, he's caught four of six targets for 16 yards.

Sep 22, 2020 4:32 PM EST


Shifts to practice roster

Malone reverted to the Jets' practice squad Monday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Malone caught four of six targets for 16 yards and rushed for 12 yards on a lone carry in Sunday's loss to the 49ers. Considering the Jets entered the game without Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and Denzel Mims (hamstring), and they lost Breshad Perriman (ankle) and Chris Hogan (ribs), Malone was one of two wide receivers remaining when the game ended. Expect Malone to be back on the active roster for Week 3 versus the Colts.

Sep 21, 2020 3:20 PM EST



Chance to climb depth chart

Malone caught four of six targets for 16 yards and added a 12-yard run in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: New York came into the game without Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and Denzel Mims (hamstring), and the wide receiver corps got even thinner with Breshad Perriman (ankle) and Chris Hogan (ribs) getting injured during the contest. All of the injuries in front of Malone propelled him into a larger role, and he could start in Week 3 against the Colts if the Jets don't get some of their injured receivers back.

Sep 20, 2020 5:47 PM EST


Back with active roster

Malone was promoted to the Jets' active roster Saturday.

Analysis: The injury bug has run through the Jets' receiver corps, so Malone will line up as the team's No. 4 wideout against the 49ers on Sunday. He played in Week 1 but stuck to a special teams role, returning one kick for 16 yards.

Sep 19, 2020 4:18 PM EST


Bumps to practice squad

Malone reverted to the Jets' practice squad.

Analysis: Malone operated exclusively on special teams in Week 1's loss to the Bills. However, the Jets are still pretty shorthanded at wide receiver after news that Denzel Mims (hamstring) will go to IR, so Malone could be brought back up soon.

Sep 15, 2020 5:53 PM EST


Moving up to active roster

Malone was elevated to the Jets' active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Malone will immediately step into a Jets pass-catching system which could see him register a handful of offensive snaps as the No. 5 wideout behind Braxton Berrios. The likes of Breshad Perriman, Jamison Crowder and Chris Hogan all stand in Malone's way for prominent fantasy opportunities.

Sep 12, 2020 1:57 PM EST


Bumps to 53-man roster

The Jets signed Malone to the active roster from the practice squad Thursday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Malone has spent the entire season on New York's practice squad, and he'll now serve a depth role in the team's wide receiver corps. The 2017 fourth-round pick previously appeared in 20 contests with the Bengals, recording seven catches for 75 yards and one touchdown across that span.

Dec 19, 2019 3:53 PM EST


Bound for practice squad

The Jets signed Malone to their practice squad Thursday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Malone was waived by the Bengals during the team's waves of roster cuts. The 2017 fourth-round pick will look to make the most of his opportunity in New York and continue to develop.

Sep 5, 2019 8:42 AM EST


Let go by Cincinnati

The Bengals waived Malone on Sunday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Malone had initially survived roster cuts, but when the team was awarded Pharoh Cooper off waivers, became expendable. His cut doesn't come as much of a surprise, considering he was already a surprise to make the initial roster, and faced an uphill battle for snaps. He'll hope to get claimed by another team, but if he doesn't, could find himself back on the Bengals' practice squad.

Sep 1, 2019 11:46 AM EST


Makes initial 53-man roster

Malone squeaked in ahead of Cody Core to win the Bengals' final wide receiver spot with their roster cuts on Saturday, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Analysis: This was a little surprising because Core was considered a very helpful player on special teams. But coach Zac Taylor opted for Malone because he offers more speed and length at wide receiver.

Sep 1, 2019 7:57 AM EST


Hauls in two receptions

Malone caught two of his four targets for 26 yards in the team's preseason finale against the Colts on Thursday.

Analysis: Malone made his biggest catch of the day partway through the second quarter, when he hauled in a 21-yard pass from Jake Dolegala. He entered training camp on the roster bubble and that likely remains the case. Though he hauled in a touchdown in the team's third preseason game, Malone hasn't otherwise been all that noteworthy. Even if he manages to make the team, he wouldn't be a priority in the passing game and would slot in behind the likes of Tyler Boyd, John Ross (hamstring), Tyler Eifert, and eventually A.J. Green (ankle).

Aug 29, 2019 8:45 PM EST


Hauls in one pass

Malone hauled in one of his three targets for 13 yards in the Bengals' second preseason contest against the Redskins.

Analysis: Malone played into the second half but was targeted only three times. His only contribution came on the first drive when he caught a short pass over the middle and brought the team into the red zone. Malone is one of a number of candidates to fill in as depth of the Bengals' wide receiver corps. Even if he makes the team, his role in the regular season is likely to be inconsistent, especially when A.J. Green (ankle) is able to return to the field.

Aug 15, 2019 8:59 PM EST


Clawing to make team

Malone was the Bengals' best receiver in Monday's practice, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

Analysis: Malone entered training camp on the roster bubble, but A.J. Green's ankle injury probably gives him a little bit of security. He's battling with Cody Core and Alex Erickson for reps, and even the potential to start the first couple of games. It's most likely that he'll begin the season third or fourth on the depth chart until Green returns.

Aug 5, 2019 9:49 PM EST


Shut out Sunday

Malone didn't have a catch Sunday on his lone target.

Analysis: Malone had one catch and 12 yards on five targets all season, dressing for just nine of the 16 games this season. It's very much in doubt that he'll be in the Bengals' plans next season

Dec 30, 2018 10:46 PM EST


Inactive Sunday

Malone is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Malone is a healthy scratch Sunday, which sets the stage for Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Cody Core to head the Bengals' Week 15 wideout corps.

Dec 16, 2018 9:00 AM EST


Not listed on injury report

Malone wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Malone hasn't played in a game since Week 8 against the Buccaneers, where he played 11 total snaps. The Tennessee product was listed as questionable going into Week 14, but was ultimately ruled out. Though Malone is listed as a depth receiver, being healthy is a first step to gaining a bigger role in the offense.

Dec 12, 2018 12:34 PM EST


Unavailable Sunday

Malone (hamstring) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Malone was listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis but will miss his fifth straight game. The 22-year-old has been unable to take advantage of A.J. Green's (foot) absence, leaving Alex Erickson and Auden Tate to serve as depth options at wide receiver for the Bengals.

Dec 9, 2018 11:45 AM EST


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