Analysis: Roster Cut Down
For the most part my prediction of Jets 53-man roster is pretty close to the actual roster. Minus OL Wayne Hunter instead of OL Nate Garner and CB David Barrett instead of CB Hank Poteat it was pretty close.
Here are some tidbits on what the Jets might have been thinking when they made their decisions on some of the players.
-They must really like QB Erik Ainge. Ainge, who will probably be inactive all season, never got a chance to prove himself until the final preseason game. And with not knowing how long Brett Favre will be a Jet, if Ainge spends a year learning the system under QB coach Brian Daboll, he could challenge for the starter’s next season.
-RB Jesse Chatman must have showed the coaching staff something behind closed doors. Despite being impressive against the Eagles, Chatman still got suspended for 4 games for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. And in the back of head coach Eric Mangini’s head he must be irate as one of his pet peeves is discipline.
-WR Wallace Wright will have to show something to this coaching staff. With WR David Clowney having a monster preseason, Wright might be the wide receiver to go when Clowney returns (which might be in a month). Clowney performed very well in the preseason and will get an opportunity to earn playing time once he is healthy. That opportunity might come to the expense of Wright, who is more know for his contributions on special teams.
-Defensively, Congrats to LB Kenwin Cummings for making the roster. Cummings, who played his college football at Wingate must have really showed the Jets coaching staff a lot as he was the only rookie free agent the Jets kept. The only surprises defensively was the cutting of CB Hank Poteat. I would rather have Poteat instead of CB David Barrett. The other surprise was the keeping of CB/KR Ahmad Carroll. He definately made the team because of what he does on special teams.