Now that teams have made the initial 53-man roster cuts, then claimed players off of waivers and made additional cuts to make room for the players claimed off of the waiver-wire the Jets have started to build their practice squad. Teams are now allowed to keep 10 players on the practice squad and the Jets have officially signed seven, so they can still add three more over the next couple of days. Here are the seven players on the practice squad.
Safety Doug Middleton - Middleton had an outstanding start to training camp and looked to be well on his way to making the active roster, but the undrafted rookie out of Appalachian State got hurt taking away valuable reps and left the Jets to stash him on the practice squad. But he's not likely to stay there for long as the Jets released Ronald Martin today leaving them with only three safeties on the active roster. Todd Bowles loves playing extra defensive backs so it's hard to imagine them only carrying three safeties and five cornerbacks for long.
Guard Craig Watts - Watts really came on strong over the last few weeks of camp and played really well in the preseason. I thought Watts played good enough to make the active roster but with the Jets shuffling around so many moving parts on the roster they decided to stash Watts on the practice squad. If Brian Winters struggles Watts could be called up, especially since it's hard to imagine the Jets have much confidence in Dakota Dozier at this point.
DL Claude Pelon - Pelon was another player who constantly improved throughout camp, there's a lot to like about this kid moving forward. Don't expect for him to get called up soon, but he could very well be developed to contribute next season like Deon Simon was last year.
OLB Freddie Bishop III - The CFL convert impressed in OTAs and showed sparks here and there but just wasn't consistent enough to make the active roster. The Jets clearly see the talent and are hoping some more time to develop on the practice squad and adjust to the NFL will turn him into a productive pass rusher.
CB Bryson Keeton - This pick left me scratching my head. Now it's impossible to see every play of every player in training camp but it felt like every time I saw Keeton he was getting beat in training camp. Obviously the Jets saw every play of his, as the have access to practice film, so maybe there was enough good there that they feel like he could develop into a future player. I'm not above acknowledging that I could be way off here.
DE/OLB Victor Ochi - From Long Island, the Stony Brook product went undrafted before signing with the Ravens. At 6'1" 242 pounds the raw but athletically gifted rookie was cut by Baltimore and the Jets wasted no time snatching him up and stashing him on the practice squad. Good pass rushers are hard to come by in this league so smart teams find talented athletes and look to develop them. That's exactly what the practice squad is for.
WR Myles White - White was an undrafted rookie out of Louisiana Tech in 2013. He signed with the Packers before being released last year and was picked up by the Giants where he had seven catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. After the Giants waived him yesterday the Jets decided to add him to the practice squad for now as well.
As mentioned above the Jets still have three more openings on the practice squad, this article will be updated when those slots are filled.
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