The Green and White added great depth to their roster with both young and veteran players this offseason. Part of GM John Idzik’s mantra is to create and have competition at all positions and bringing in 12 players through the draft and signing a handful of veterans through free agency creates just that. These competitions create a ranking system of which players are at the top and the bottom of the totem pole. We will explore which of the New York Jets are on the outside looking in come cut day in August.
5. William Campbell- Offensive Guard
Campbell is a big-bodied player who has the size to play the interior line, but his raw blocking skills may force Rex Ryan to can this project early. Playing at defensive tackle throughout college at the University of Michigan, Campbell was trying to make the transition to the offensive side of the ball where he might be better suited. However, with the apparent emergence of Oday Aboushi and Dakota Dozier impressing coaches since being drafted a few months ago, Campbell may be the odd man out come August.
4. Alex Green- Running Back
The former JUCO transfer to Hawaii was not the fastest or the strongest player coming out of the 2011 draft, but he was able to do everything that coaches asked of him. Having a rough start to his career in Green Bay, he landed on the Injured Reserve list in his rookie season due to a knee injury. Never fully coming back from it, Green was eventually waived and picked up by the Jets. He saw limited action behind the already crowded backfield of the Jets in 2013, serving behind Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. Now, the second year Jet will be behind even more players, with the additions of Chris Johnson and Daryl Richardson. Green is a solid insurance policy at running back so if New York shows him the door, he will have no problem finding a new home.
3. John Griffin- Running BackGriffin is in the same boat as Green mentioned above. He was placed behind a long line of running backs and this year the line got even bigger. Griffin has bounced on and off the waivers claim and he even made a trip to the IR. There is no knock against this player’s skills or talent; it’s just that he is not particularly great at any aspect of the running game and he does not have the one tool to his game that sets him apart from the other running backs. Griffin will be out of New York come the start of the season, unless there are a few key injuries during preseason activities.
2. Lowell Rose- Cornerback
Rose was brought in by the San Francisco 49ers last season, but after being waived and resigned a couple of times, he landed on the New York squad in January. He joined a very crowded secondary that is looking for a player to separate themselves from the pack to play opposite Dee Milliner in 2014. Rose does not have the skillset nor the experience that will enable him to lift him over players such as Dex McDougle, Dimitri Patterson, Ras-I Dowling, Darrin Walls, and Kyle Wilson. The competition is big and the chances are very slim for this cornerback to make it on the roster for the 2014 season.
1. A.J Edds- Linebacker
This four year journeyman came on with the Jets hoping to find a spot as a reserve player. However, the Jets drafted a promising young player in Jeremiah George, while already having four capable linebackers on their roster. Edds has the size and the smarts to play linebacker in the NFL but after suffering an ACL tear in his rookie season with Miami, he hasn’t been able to stay on a roster for long. If Edds does not find a spot on special teams, he will be looking for a sixth team to sign with in just four years.