Defensive fence players fighting for lives

While most roster decisions were made before camp started, let's look at some defensive players on the bubble, who might be able to help themselves with a strong outing in Philadelphia -

In the secondary, there is a fierce battle going on for the final defensive back spot or two. Ahmad Carroll is making himself very tough to cut. He has made steady progress throughout camp, and his speed is awfully impressive. Hank Poteat isn't flashy, but is smart and consistent. David Barrett has been getting work at safety, and if the Jets brass likes what they see, that could help his cause. Safety Abram Elam is likely on the fence. He's a good special teamer, and a tough guy, but is inconsistent in coverage. If the Jets cut him, Miami will likely pick him up (Parcells loves the kid). Another safety on the fence is James Ihedigbo, who could be headed to the practice squad.

At linebacker, the Jets have a very difficult decision to make between Matt Chatham and Murques Murrell. Chatham can play all the linebacker positions, and is a core special teams player, and Murrell has a much bigger upside and is a better pass rusher. The issue is Chatham is that while he's very versatile, he doesn't make a lot of impact plays on defensive or special teams. If the Jets cut Murrell, there is a good chance he could end up in Miami also.

On the defensive line, the team is likely all set heading into the final preseason game with ends Shaun Ellis, Kenyon Coleman, Kareem Brown and Mike DeVito and nose tackles Kris Jenkins, C.J. Mosley and Sione Pouha.


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