FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The dullness of preseason is over and it's down to the nitty gritty - FINAL CUTS. This is a time for coaches to watch all the film they need and decide which players will make the final 53-man roster. One thing is certain though, it won't be easy. Head coach Todd Bowles spoke on this among other things at his press conference today:
"It is a business and you’re trying to play the best players. It’s not a hard decision to put the best product out on the field, but it is a hard decision to tell somebody that this could be their last time in uniform – at least here anyway," Bowles said.
"Obviously, we still have some decisions to make. There’s wide receiver, there’s offensive line, there’s defensive backs. There’s a bunch of positions. There’s still the tight end position. There’s still a bunch of positions up in the air that we kind of have to meet on and go over. There’s going to be some tough cuts."
Breno Giacomini's lower back injury has kept him out of action all of training camp. It is unlikely he will play the first regular season game but Bowles didn't leave out the possibility that he could start the season on the reserve PUP list.
"There’s a chance, checking on the doctors and the trainers, we have to see how he is feeling and what the projected time for him to be back, or when is the drop-dead time for him to be back, as opposed to when he won’t be back," said Bowles. "We’ll weigh that option this week."
Giacomini's backups however, Brent Qvale and Ben Ijalana, have been battling for a roster spot the entire preseason. Both have shown some ability but the reality is one of them may be cut. Bowles spoke on what he's seen from Qvale and Ijalana.
"I saw good in both of them," Bowles said. "I saw bad in both of them. I saw some things that they can work on. We’ll alternate them during the week and we’ll probably go right up until game day if Breno (Giacomini) can’t play."
The Jets will be loaded at the receiver spot this season, but right now they have too many good ones and not enough roster room for all of them. One position that has been up for grabs is the kick/punt return duty. Jalin Marshall and Jeremey Ross got the bulk of the reps during preseason but one of them could be released tomorrow.
"We have some tough decisions to make there," said Bowles. "Obviously, those two guys did a great job and we still have a guy that we haven’t really looked at as much that can play in Chandler (Worthy). We think whoever we put back there has a chance to be pretty good. If we block it the right way, as long as they catch the ball and secure it I think they have a chance, but it’ll be a tough decision there, too."
Jace Amaro, Kellen Davis, Brandon Bostick, Wes Saxton, and Zac Sudfeld have all struggled with consistency throughout the preseason. It will be interesting to see who will start and who will get cut tomorrow.
The Jets will likely carry five corners this season and Dee Milliner, Kevin Short, and Dexter McDougle are in limbo regarding a roster spot. All have dealt with injuries this offseason and it will be hard to decide who has earned their keep.
The Jets have also received phone calls about trade inquires. We know that teams league wide will be discussing moving players while keeping an eye on the waiver wire.
Marcus Reynolds is a staff writer for Jetsinsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@Marcus_JRNL), or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).