Cuts, Breaks and Bruises
FLORHAM PARK, N.J.- Unfortunately for WR Laveranues Coles, the third time was not the charm with the New York Jets. The Jets cut the veteran wide-out about a month after signing him to a 1-year deal.
The 32-year-old Coles was brought in to pad the early loss of WR Santonio Holmes in the first four games of the season. He had four catches for 19 yards in three preseason games.
The Jets are not ruling out a fourth stint with the receiver, however. Head coach Rex Ryan said there’s a strong possibility that they may bring him back after Week 1. The move is likely due to financial reasons. Coles was set to make $855,000 guaranteed if he were to make the opening day roster. If he were to be brought back after Week 1, the money is not guaranteed.
“He did an outstanding job for us,” Ryan said. “He’s a leader. He came in here and I know he knows the system. He’s tougher than nails. He’s a great teammate.”
Coles has already said that this would be his last stop of his career, but didn’t rule out retiring just yet. “I’ve still got a little gas in the tank, I can tell you that much,” he said Tuesday.
There’s been new information on the injury of OLB Calvin Pace. He fractured his right foot when the helmet of back-up right tackle Stephon Heyer connected with Pace’s foot while trying to attempt a cut block. He is definitely out for the Week 1 opener against the Ravens, but his status after is still up in the air.The Jets are optimistic he’ll make a speedy recovery.
Pace’s uncertain status has forced Ryan to reach out to former Patriots OLB/pass-rush specialist, Adalius Thomas. The Jets and Thomas had flirted with a signing earlier in the off-season, but a deal was never put in place. Ryan would only bring in Thomas if he could be secured a roster spot. He has yet to be brought in for a physical.
Ryan and Thomas have a good history together as Thomas enjoyed some of his finer seasons working under Ryan when he was the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. When asked about the possibility of signing Thomas, Ryan said “he wasn’t ruling it out”.
Mark Sanchez, who was shaken up with a bruised right shoulder after rookie OL Vladimir Ducasse was beaten badly by the Redskins pass rush, practiced fully today without any limitations. So the Jets Nations can give a collective sigh of relief.
Speaking of the starters, all but LG Matt Slauson will sit in the fourth and final pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Slauson and Ducasse have been battling it out for the starting position and it clearly has been a weak point of the pre-season for the Jets.
Last but certainly not least, the Jets made three other cuts along with Coles to meet the mandatory cut down of 75 players. Wide receivers Aundrae Allison and Marcus Henry along with defensive lineman Rodrique Wright we given the pink slip.