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    NYP Costello: The positions where the Jets face the toughest decisions

    Here are the positions where the Jets face the toughest decisions:

    Linebacker
    The Jets are loaded at this position. Behind starters David Harris, Bart Scott, Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas, they have Aaron Maybin and rookie Demario Davis on the bench. Then, there is an interesting group behind them.
    Josh Mauga and Nick Bellore proved last year they could be useful backups and solid special-teams contributors. Special-teams coordinator Mike Westhoff felt Bellore should have been a Pro Bowler. Garrett McIntyre is another player who saw some playing time last year and has been impressive in training camp.
    But how many linebackers can the Jets keep?
    “We’re stacked pretty good at linebacker,” Ryan said. “You try to keep the best football players. If that means you have five inside linebackers or whatever it is, then so be it. You usually don’t go wrong if you keep the best players.”
    Ricky Sapp, the former Eagle, had a strong spring but has not played in any preseason games after suffering a high ankle sprain on Aug. 4. He will not play tonight. His lack of playing time likely will cost him a real shot at a roster spot.

    Cornerback
    Ryan loves cornerbacks. He likes to have depth at the position where he can use multiple corners in games, especially division games when the Jets face passing attacks that spread the field. The Jets are top-heavy at this position with probably the best starting duo in football with Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Kyle Wilson is the team’s nickel corner, but after that there are some questions.
    Ellis Lankster had a firm grasp on the No. 4 corner spot in the spring but suffered a quad injury in camp and has missed a lot of time. Isaiah Trufant is a special-teams ace whom Westhoff surely will fight to hold on to. Julian Posey will be fighting for that last spot, too, if he can impress the coaches tonight.

    Wide receiver
    How many receivers does a “Ground and Pound” team need? Chaz Schilens has not played since the first preseason game, casting some doubt on his roster spot. Patrick Turner has played well and rookie Jordan White has shown flashes. It is likely the Jets keep five, leaving White on the practice squad.

    Defensive end
    Jay Richardson has made an interesting case that he belongs on the roster. The guy has made plays all preseason, but he could be a victim of the numbers game. The Jets already have Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Mike DeVito at the position, but if the Jets truly keep the best 53, Richardson belongs.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/jets/...vtAn3DB0SH8qGJ

    I'm not counting out the Jets trading a player or two and of course picking up a couple of players cut..
    Last edited by C Mart; 08-30-2012 at 08:27 AM.

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    We should trade Pace and Scott and keep the young guys.

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    Disagree on Jordan White. I believe he makes this team without question. If he goes practice squad about 6 teams will look to pull him to their active roster on the first day. In fact I remember reading an article how other teams called the Jets after they drafted him in the 7th round.

    Jetsblog.com has a great article on DT Harrison out of William Penn fighting for a NT roster spot as well. Kids like this who are showing something special are the ones you root for, it just becomes a numbers game. We have seen that all to often during preseason.

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    Ricky Sapp and Nick Bellore are as good as gone.

    I think they'll take Trufant over Posey for not only the ST reason but for the fact that Posey's been burned a lot this Preseason. He needs a great game tonight to have a chance.

    As for WR, White could be picked up if released. I think with Schilens' injury history and Kerley's now hamstring and Holmes' ribs that we'll keep six receivers.

    Richardson? Eh. I guess. Maybe Marcus Dixon is a surprise cut now that a 43 philosophy is being brought in more so than the 34.

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    Quote Originally Posted by escamoter2 View Post
    We should trade Pace and Scott and keep the young guys.
    I agree with you on Pace, I would like to keep Scott around this year. I don't think moving him right now would be a wise choice for team moral.

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    Pretty sure that Jordan White is going to make the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYDreamer View Post
    Disagree on Jordan White. I believe he makes this team without question. If he goes practice squad about 6 teams will look to pull him to their active roster on the first day. In fact I remember reading an article how other teams called the Jets after they drafted him in the 7th round.

    Jetsblog.com has a great article on DT Harrison out of William Penn fighting for a NT roster spot as well. Kids like this who are showing something special are the ones you root for, it just becomes a numbers game. We have seen that all to often during preseason.

    Jets rookie Damon Harrison hopes he won't have to go home just yet

    http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/201...rrison_ho.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by escamoter2 View Post
    We should trade Pace and Scott and keep the young guys.
    Scott looks as good as he ever has as a Jet

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    I will flip out if we cut Jordan White

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYDreamer View Post
    I agree with you on Pace, I would like to keep Scott around this year. I don't think moving him right now would be a wise choice for team moral.
    Scott and Pace have expensive guaranteed contracts and are simply not tradeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by positive View Post
    Scott and Pace have expensive guaranteed contracts and are simply not tradeable.
    they are also major contributers to the team and should not be traded.

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    just wanted to bump for a great article
    indepth + objective

    solid

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    Bart was given permission to seek a trade early in the off-season due to his frustration of playing time. My guess no one called and he got over it. To his credit he did try to improve instead of being status quo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by escamoter2 View Post
    We should trade Pace and Scott and keep the young guys.
    Scott has played pretty well in the pre-season. He still can't cover. He can't be cut due to his cap hit. Only option would be to find a trade partner. But he's played well enough to justify keeping him. For his leadership, if nothing else.

    Pace has been horrendous IMO and should be cut. Problem is, the cap hit. The Jets can't afford to cut him this season. Only hope is to find a trade partner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamaicanJetFan View Post
    I will flip out if we cut Jordan White
    Don't be going all Coach Googs on us now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funaz View Post
    they are also major contributers to the team and should not be traded.
    Have you watched Pace this pre-season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordy View Post
    Scott has played pretty well in the pre-season. He still can't cover. He can't be cut due to his cap hit. Only option would be to find a trade partner. But he's played well enough to justify keeping him. For his leadership, if nothing else.

    Pace has been horrendous IMO and should be cut. Problem is, the cap hit. The Jets can't afford to cut him this season. Only hope is to find a trade partner.
    In the NFL, the cap hit is the same whether a player is cut or traded.

    The guaranteed money on his contract hits the cap of the team trading or cutting him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamaicanJetFan View Post
    I will flip out if we cut Jordan White
    Especially if we keep that walking band aid Schilens over him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Crable View Post
    In the NFL, the cap hit is the same whether a player is cut or traded.

    The guaranteed money on his contract hits the cap of the team trading or cutting him.
    Wayne Hunter's money was guaranteed this year. The Jets aren't responsible for his cap hit. If they trade Scott, doesn't the new team take on the guaranteed money?

    Edit: You're probably referring to bonus money. And I don't know how much of Scott's or Pace's cap money consists of bonus money.
    Last edited by Jordy; 08-30-2012 at 11:28 AM.

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    WR (5)
    Holmes
    Hill
    Kerley
    Turner
    White

    LB (9)
    Thomas
    Scott
    Harris
    Pace
    Maybin
    Bellore
    Mauga
    McIntyre
    Davis

    Corner, who knows. I really don't think much of Trufant/Posey except on STs. Last year we kept 6 DL so Dixon/Richardson/MTV/Harrison are basically fighting for that last spot and they've all played well. I think Dixon will get it.
    Quote Originally Posted by jetswin View Post
    Scott looks as good as he ever has as a Jet
    People have an irrational hatred for Bart around here. He'd looked great in the preseason though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Beerfish View Post
    Especially if we keep that walking band aid Schilens over him.
    Agreed. I'll lose it if we keep Schilens over White.

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