The Jets roster is now set at 53, unfortunately for some players the roster is only set for today as the Jets will absolutely be signing/claiming a few free agents that were released from other teams. In order to make room for the new signees some of the players that are smiling and celebrating making the roster today will be crushed to learn of their release tomorrow.
For now we will take a look at the 53 players who are safe for today, assess the problem areas on the roster to identify the positions the Jets will focus on when searching for free agents. You can see all the players who were waived or placed on PUP here.
Well they did it. The Jets actually kept four quarterbacks, for now at least. I get the reasoning and rationale but I still don't think it was worth it. They could/should still IR Petty with the shoulder and they could always keep four for the first week thinking it'll be easier to have Petty clear waivers at that point. But I'm going to continue to be stubborn and refuse to believe the Jets will actually keep four quarterbacks all season.
There were some surprise cuts by the Jets which means there are also some surprises that made the roster and Williams is the biggest surprise of them all. Forte, Powell and Robinson were all locks to make the roster and stay as long as they stay healthy, but a fourth running back with Williams is surprising. My guess is he'll be the first casualty tomorrow once the Jets start claiming players off the waiver wire. The top three backs is a strong and balanced group, there's no need for a fourth and Williams didn't do anything to make it so he simply has to be on the team.
FB (1) - Julian Howsare
This was the second biggest surprise. Maybe it's partly because of that one week where there were so many injuries at running back that Tommy Bohanon got a bunch of carries during the week of practice and in the game, but mostly it's because we didn't see much of Howsare getting reps at fullback. It makes sense to keep Howsare because of his versatility, he can play at fullback, linebacker and on special teams but it'll be interesting to see how often they actually use a fullback now.
Once again, they did it. They actually did it. But in this instance I love what it is they did. The Jets actually kept three rookie receivers, two of them undrafted and the other was a seventh-round pick. Releasing Jeremy Ross was a bit of a surprise because he clearly outperformed Jalin Marshall and everyone else as a kick returner but the three rookies simply showed too much talent and potential to risk losing. Brandon Marshall and Decker are as good as any receiver duo in the league, Enunwa is a unique matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and the three rookies offer so much hope for the present and future that the receiving core joins the discussion with the defensive line and linebackers for deepest position on the roster.
Well this is interesting to put it nicely. The Jets tight end situation remains a mess to put it more accurately. Jace Amaro, Zach Sudfeld and Wes Saxton are all gone. None of them were really worthy of a roster spot on a team with good tight ends, but the Jets have Davis and Bostick so they clearly don't have good tight ends. Look for the Jets to claim at least one tight end off the waiver wire, but then again I said that last year. David and Bostick, if healthy, can both do some blocking but don't offer much as receivers but that's where the uniqueness of Enunwa comes into play because he will essentially be used as a tight end but as a tight end who lines up as the slot receiver 95 percent of the time.
This is the biggest area the Jets need to address tomorrow. Breno Giacomini will miss at least the first six weeks since he's been placed on the PUP list and either Qvale or Ijalana will be the starting right tackle so that's not good. Johnson is the backup center and he has had all types of trouble simply snapping the ball in training camp, Dozier has been a disappointment, Shell had a decent camp/bad preseason and is definitely at least year away from being reliable. Which means the Jets have absolutely no depth, a huge question mark at right tackle and they better pray to the old gods and the new that Clady and Mangold stay healthy. With all these question marks I'd be stunned if they didn't add an offensive lineman or two in the next few days and they damn sure better make the line a focal point next offseason.
Of course the Jets will add Sheldon Richardson to this group after he's finished his one week suspension. Maybe Thomas gets released and added to the practice squad when Richardson but either way this group is stacked and the Jets are in great shape here.
As with the receivers the turnaround with depth this year has been remarkable. There's some concern about Mauldin but otherwise this group is loaded with talent, most of it young.
Yeah, that's a mighty fine top three and Burris is going to be a hell of a corner in the future but he's still probably a year away from being able to count on. McDougle is talented but simply can't stay healthy so clearly the Jets will need to find cornerback help on the waiver wire. Look for them to try to add two and depending on who those two are McDougle might not be safe.
I would've kept the rookie Doug Middleton over Martin but this is still a damn good group of safeties and the Jets will hope to stash Middleton on the practice squad.
K (1) - Nick Folk
P (1) - Lachlan Edwards
LS (1) - Tanner Purdum
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