On Thursday night the New York Jets wrapped up the preseason with a 37-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The performance was as poor as the score, which is surprising considering that so many roster spots were on the line. I think it is safe to say that general manager John Idzik will be very active this weekend following the roster cutdown period which is at 4 p.m. on Saturday (teams must get down to 53 players).
The same old Hill- With his roster spot up for grabs wide receiver Stephen Hill had another inconsistent night: one drop, one catch. Hill continues to catch the football with his body and just lacks the consistency needed at the position. If Stephen makes the final roster, his position will be far from secure. My prediction for Stephen Hill: cut.
Where are the wide receivers? Throughout training camp so many stories were written about all of the emerging young pass catchers. Unfortunately for the Jets only one player stood out under the bright lights of the preseason action and that is Greg Salas. The fourth year player from the University of Hawaii has displayed good hands and solid route running. Salas should make the final Jets roster while Clyde Gates, Stephen Hill, and Quincy Enunwa are on the bubble.
Richardson keeps running- Daryl Richardson is a versatile running back that has played well throughout the preseason. Now the question is if the Jets would be willing to keep 4 running backs on the final roster. Bilal Powell is excellent insurance for Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson, so it seems like Richardson is a bit of a luxury. This is definitely a tough call for John Idzik, but in terms of roster management I would keep Daryl over Matt Simms.
Barnes is a beast- Defensive tackle T.J. Barnes once again turned some heads with his performance on the line. Barnes is a tenacious player that moves very well for a big man (6’7, 364 pounds). In my opinion T.J. will be making the final roster.
Rontez applies pressure- In his final audition Rontez Miles appeared to be making tackles all over the field. Miles has a knack for being around the ball and comes up big in the hitting department. Did Rontez perform well enough to make the final roster? My answer is yes.
Lankster, Jarrett struggle- Not a banner night for both Ellis Lankster and Jaiquawn Jarrett as they struggled in pass coverage. Lankster will make the team due to his special teams ability, but Jarrett could be the odd man out with the emergence of Rontez Miles.
George learning the ropes- Rookie linebacker Jeremiah George is starting to figure out Rex Ryan’ s system and the speed of the NFL. George made several big hits Thursday night and could be an impact player for the Jets down the line. Jeremiah appears headed to the practice squad.
Questions remain- The New York Jets still have huge question marks at the wide receiver position and in the secondary. I would not be surprised to see veteran free agents brought in to address both areas. Keep an eye on wide receivers Santana Moss and Stevie Johnson as they could be cut casualties.