Two of the more difficult decision are involving cornerback Ray Mickens and safety Andre Maddox. Mickens would be a terrific player to keep around because of his experience and leadership, but could be victimized by the number's game. Maddox is coming off major knee surgery, but remember special team coach Mike Westhoff considered him the best kick cover guy in the last year's draft. So expect Westhoff to fight to keep him around. The Jets could attempt to stash Maddox on the practice squad, but that could be real dangerous.
Another interesting area to watch is at linebacker. Obviously, with the Jets playing a lot of 3-4 defense now, they are going to keep more linebackers than they did last year, when they played a 4-3 base.
The players who are locks are starters Jon Vilma, Eric Barton, Bryan Thomas and Victor Hobson. After that, it gets interesting. You would assume that former New England Patriot Matt Chatham is a shoe-in to make the team, but he had a very nondescript training camp and preseason. If the new regime is really going to stick to their policy that the best 53 will make it, than Chatham should be on the fence.
Another decision that will test that integrity of the "best 53" policy, involves linebacker Anthony Schlegel. Has he really earned a roster spot? He has struggled in coverage, including giving up two big plays in the Washington game. Barton and Vilma are scheduled to start in the middle. You could make the argument that the two backup inside linebackers should be Ryan Myers and Brad Kassell, who has outplayed Schlegel this summer. Saturday's cut to 53 is going to very interesting . . .
There is a sign in the Jets locker room - "The Power of Team." . . .
Wide receiver Tim Dwight is still nowhere to be found. His the severity of his leg injury remains a mystery . . .
With all the problems left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson had with off-sides penalties against the Giants, something that went unnoticed was the great job right Anthony Clement did on defensive end Mike Strahan . . .
It seems every summer the Jets have a receiver that should make the team, but gets a raw deal. This summer that guy could be Reggie Newhouse. With Justin McCareins coming on in recent weeks, and Newhouse dropping a pass against Washington, now he's in danger of not making it . . .
There is speculation that one reason Derrick Blaylock is the leading candidate to start at running back, aside from his running skill, is that he is the best Jet runner at picking up the blitz.
But he's had issues also this summer. He missed a block on blitzing Giants safety Gibril Wilson, that resulted in a sack that ended the Jets first drive . . .
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