Florham Park, N.J.– The Jets officially announced their opening day roster earlier today, how long that roster stays the same however is a whole other story in itself. Yesterday evening the team had to trim it’s roster down to 53 players, but that was far from the end of the waiting game for many players as they still had to wait to learn if they would be replaced by other players who were recently released from other teams.
With the Jets having depth issues at specific spots on the team, many of the bubble players couldn’t feel safe after yesterday’s news and today some found out their fears were justified. Not even 24 hours after thinking they were safe after surviving the initial cut, Aaron Maybin, Isaiah Trufant and Martin Tevaseu were all waived today by the Jets to make room for new players the team signed off waivers.
In total the Jets signed four players today (also put QB Greg McElroy on IR to make room for the fourth on the active roster), center Colin Baxter, receiver Mardy Gilyard, safety Andrew Sendejo and they also brought back QB Kevin O’Connell.
Maybin is the closest thing to a surprise from today’s cuts, but it’s not really all that surprising. When Maybin signed with the Jets he was considered a long shot to make the team and although he played well in his short time here, he didn’t get any bigger or stronger and that is most likely the reason he isn’t still on the team today. Maybin showed great burst and explosiveness at times this preseason, but the Jets likely think he is too small to be able to make an dominating impact. It’s not completely over for Maybin as there is still a chance another team will sign him or even that the Jets will try to bring him back next week if and when they waive someone else/
Still the biggest shock came yesterday when the Jets traded X-safety Dwight Lowery to Jacksonville for an undisclosed draft pick. It’s not as if Lowery is too talented to cut, but his versatility is something that Rex Ryan normally loves. The ability to use Lowery as an extra CB or an X-safety, on blitzes or on coverage was a big time weapon for the Jets, not to mention he had a knack for making big plays to close out games. But that’s a thing of the past now and Lowery will join his old teammate Drew Coleman in the Jacksonville secondary and someone else will have to step up into Lowery’s role for the Jets.
With Jim Leonhard back and healthy, Brodney Pool and Eric Smith re-signed along with Emanuel Cook, Ryan felt the team had enough depth at safety and opted to use the roster spot to bring in an extra offensive linemen which the team desperately needed.
Yesterday the team made a trade for University of Utah, guard Caleb Schlauderaff, from the Packers for a undisclosed draft pick and today they signed center Colin Baxter who was waived from san Diego. The Jets depth issues along the O-line have been well documented since Rob Turner got hurt and the team hopes these two signings will go along way to shoring up that problem.
Gilyard was waived by the Rams and the Jets added him presumably to fill a special teams role as a gunner immediately, but Gilyard often showed serious potential as a receiver in college while at the University of Cincinnati, but then again the Rams aren’t exactly overflowing with receiver talent so Gilyard could just be here to fill Logan Payne’s role until he is back from his wrist injury.
There’s already speculation that the Sendejo signing was strictly for information gathering purposes as he was just cut by Ryan brother Rob in Dallas, who just so happens to be the Jets week one opponent. Whether you want to believe in such things is entirely your call.
Without a doubt the toughest decisions for the Jets had to come with their linebackers, with Garrett McIntyre and undrafted rookie (one of only 62 undrafted rookies to make teams league-wide) Nick Bellore rounding out the bottom of the depth chart and rookie Matthias Berning heading to the practice squad.
A lot of tough decisions had to be made over these last few days, but the decision making process is still far from over as the players on the bubble are still in danger of falling victim to the revolving door that is the bottom of an NFL teams depth chart. But for right now this is what the Jets 53 man active roster looks like, with the practice squad listed afterwards.
QB– Mark Sanchez, Mark Brunell, Kevin O’Connell
RB– Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson, Joe McKnight, Bilal Powell, John Conner
WR– Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, Derrick Mason, Jeremy Kerley, Mardy Gilyard, Logan Payne
TE– Dustin Keller, Matt Mulligan, Jeff Cumberland
OL– D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Wayne Hunter, Brandon Moore, Nick Mangold, Matt Slauson, Vladimir Ducasse, Rob Turner, Caleb Schlauderaff, Colin Baxter
DL– Mike DeVito, Sione Pouha, Ropati Pitoitua, Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, Marcus Dixon
LB– David Harris, Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, Bryan Thomas, Jamaal Westerman, Josh Mauga, Garrett McIntyre, Nick Bellore
CB– Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Kyle Wilson, Marquice Cole, Donald Strickland,
S– Jim Leonhard, Eric Smith, Emanuel Cook, Brodney Pool, Andrew Sendejo
K– Nick Folk
P– TJ Conley
Longsnapper– Tanner Purdum
Josh Baker (TE)
Matthias Berning (LB)
Trevor Canfield (G)
Jarron Gilbert (DT)
Matt Kroul (OL)
Julian Posey (CB)
Patrick Turner (WR)
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