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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Jets 2016 Roster

  The roster going into the 2016 season has been set. There will be changes as the season goes on but what can we learn from the roster so far? Todd Bowles was definitely impressed with the “kids” at wide receiver: Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall and Charone Peake. In addition the Jets are starting with 5 running backs. They are: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte, Khiry Robinson, Julian Howsare and Dominique Williams. If Jet fans can think back to that awful last game in Buffalo, the Jets were short handed at running back. In that game without Bilal Powell, a nicked up Ivory ran the ball 6 times and a damaged goods Stevan Ridley ran the ball 9 times (for 29 yards). This added to the loss. Who knows what the outcome might have been if the Jets had one healthy back. I like having extra depth at running back. Very rarely does an active back play all 16 games. Plus with the Jets offensive line, they will need additional bodies to help with the blocking.
  Tight end may seem somewhat confusing but if we look deeper, the moves the Jets have made make sense. Jace Amaro, Zach Sudfeld and Wes Saxton were all cut. Amaro was the second round pick from a few years ago. He never seemed to have a feel for the football. If it wasn’t a dropped pass, it was a bobble or a fumble. He never made the most of the opportunities presented to him. My only regret is that he never had time to establish any type of on the field chemistry with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Amaro missed last year and Fitz was not on the squad during Amaro’s rookie season. I understand the decision but I might have kept him one more season. Sudfeld was just okay. He missed last year also and he did not impress the new coaching staff. Sexton's playing experience was limited and he may be brought back to the practice squad. Keep in mind that Chan Gailey’s offense is not tight end happy. With that said Quincy Enunwa has played the “H Back” role and is something of a hybrid tight end. The coaches love everything about his game including blocking and I think he may be ripe for a break out year. Brandon Bostick and Kellen Davis round out the tight end position so far. As of today (Saturday), the Jets are trying out players including a few tight ends and let’s see keep an eye on the waiver wire for tight ends.
 The Jets have placed RT Breno Giacomini (back/disc) on reserve/PUP, meaning he's not eligible to return until Week 7. Tackle Ryan Clady is a player we can least afford to lose with an injury. I’ve been preaching about our offensive line for a few years. We have to address the situation. I was not a big fan of Mike Tannenbaum when he was GM but the year he drafted both D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold with his two first round draft picks in 2006 was a great move that solidified the offensive line for years. The Jets will have to do something similar in the off-season. When you have a line like the Jets do, with two players ages 30+ (Mangold & Giacomini) and some already banged up (Clady), this has to be addressed. If the NFL is a quarterback driven league shouldn’t the second most valuable players be the ones that protect them?
  On defense the coaches love 4th round pick DB Juston Burris (#38). I hadn’t been that impressed with him till the Eagle exhibition game. His play help catapult the Milliner cut. Deon Simon, the second year nose tackle made the squad. He was well deserving. Cornerback Dexter McDougle is still on the team which is strange. He is like Dee Milliner 2.0, a guy who can never stay on the field. Linebacker Taiwan Jones was cut but hopefully he’ll sneak through waivers and land on the practice squad.
   I’m still not comfortable with Jalin Marshall returning punts. Jeremy Ross was cut so the Jets need to train or pick up another return man. This roster situation is never complete and always evolving. By the time you read this, things may have changed. It is a science to mix these young players with the veterans and balance the salary cap situation. Jet management is on the right track going with younger players..

Green Tidbits:
QB situation in the NFL is never dull. Mark Sanchez is now a Cowboy….Tight End  Brandon Bostick comes from that powerhouse Newberry College in South Carolina with 1,042 total students.…. The last second-round pick to make the Pro Bowl (not counting specialists) Mark Gastineau, 1979…. The last time a team began the season with four quarterbacks was 2013, when the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings both did it….Dee Milliner was waived with an injury designation. Jets can bring him back on the IR. Please say it ain't so….

 What the Jet scribes are saying.......

Rich Cimini, ESPN
The Jets have 10 rookies on the roster -- seven draft picks and three undrafted free agents. You might say there's a generation gap on the team, which is built largely around their older players -- nine starters at least 30 years old. Because of poor drafting from 2008 to 2014, there's a lack of talent in the middle-aged category. That will change in time, as long as general manager Mike Maccagnan's newbies develop into productive players. The youth is most evident at wide receiver, which includes three rookies -- Charone Peake, Robby Anderson and Jalin Marshall, the favorites to return punts and kickoffs. The Jets opted for them over Kenbrell Thompkins and Jeremy Ross.

Manesh Mehta, Daily News
Tight end Jace Amaro and cornerback Dee Milliner — two draft busts of the John Idzik regime — officially have had their wings clipped by the Jets. Jets GM Mike Maccagnan attempted to but was unable to trade Milliner, so they waived (with a hamstring injury designation) the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft. He carries a $4.028 million salary-cap hit and will be assigned to injured reserve if unclaimed on waivers. The first draft pick of Idzik’s failed front-office tenure, Milliner had three interceptions as a rookie out of Alabama in 2013 — but none in just eight appearances over the past two years due to ankle, Achilles tendon and wrist injuries.

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