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Jets sign cornerback Ras-I Dowling

Ramses Barden

New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden (13) runs away from New England Patriots’ Ras-I Dowling (21) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


The Jets have signed cornerback Ras-I Dowling to a reserve/future contract, the club announced Monday.

The No. 33 overall pick in the 2011 draft, the 25-year-old Dowling has played in nine regular-season NFL games, all with New England, who selected him at the top of the second round.

Injuries marked Dowling’s career with the Patriots. He was limited to just two games with a hip ailment in 2011 and just seven games with a thigh injury in 2012. The Patriots waived him in August.

Dowling (6-1, 2010) ended the 2013 season on the Jets’ practice squad. The club had signed him to a practice-squad contract on October 13.