Was this Schlegel's last hurrah as a Jet?

For 2006 third-round selection, linebacker Anthony Schlegel, things have not gone exactly according to plan.

Schlegel, one of the hardest hitters on the team, spent the majority of the summer running with the third-team defense. With a lack of opportunity to prove his worth, Schlegel has found himself on the bubble for a roster spot.

Finally given the opportunity to show his wares, Schlegel did not disappoint. The Ohio State alum played a key role in the Jets 13-11 come-from-behind victory against the Eagles, last night in Philadelphia. He led the team with seven tackles, including four solo and a forced fumble.

"This was my one opportunity all camp to go out there and show what I can do" Schlegel said from his locker after the game. "I wasn't worried about anything, I just know what type of player I am and if someone gives me an opportunity, I'll give them everything I have."

Nobody questions Schlegel's toughness or tenacity; it's usually his pass coverage skills that take the brunt of the criticism. And aside from the tremendous job he did of stuffing the run, he looked sharp in that regard as well.

"I'll tell you what; I thought I defended the pass pretty good." Schlegel said. "Everybody always dogs me about my pass coverage, so I was pretty happy about that."

The fourth, and final, preseason game is now in the books, and the Jets will make their final roster cuts early this weekend.

With the majority of the first-teamers relegated to the sideline, last night's 13-11 Jets victory served as a golden opportunity for a player like Schlegel to shine.

In training camp, it is often a lack of opportunity that becomes a player's worst enemy, and in the case of Schlegel, that may very well be the case.

The Jets current roster sports seventy-five names. That number must be trimmed to fifty-three to meet league requirements; and the Jets brain-trust is going to have to make several very difficult decisions over the weekend.

Last night's strong performance from Schlegel only helps bolster his case for a job.


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