Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Roster: Where do we Go from Here?

It has been a full week since the draft, and the signing of the undrafted free agents. There has been a wide variety of evaluations regarding the Jets performance to date. However, what we DO know is that the Jets did address many of their needs.

But there is still a great deal of work to do. There are holes that the Jets still need to fill. So the question becomes, where do we go from here? What do the Jets do next?


Clearly John Idzik knows this position is an issue as he signed two guys from the UDFA pool at the position, Chris Pantale and Mike Shanahan. Jeff Cumberland is not a starting tight end. He plays a nice role coming off the bench, but he is not the starter. They didn’t address it during the draft, sticking to their board, and BPA concept. Now what?

Well, with Zach Ertz drafted by Philly, could Brent Celek become available for the Jets? If so, his history with Marty Mornhinweg during his time with the Eagles would make him a perfect fit. Chris Cooley is still available as a free agent, as is Dallas Clark. Both of these players would add experience to a position that currently is void of any significant experience. A veteran presence would help this position exponentially.


We talked about this when we interviewed the NYC doctor about Santonio Holmes.  A Lisfranc injury is very unpredictable.  We absolutely do not know how he is going to respond.  He could be back to his old self, he might not, and we have to be open to that possibility.

Jeremy Kerley is solid, no doubt.  Stephen Hill should be better, but how much better?  Will he make the step to being a reliable number two option?  Again, we just do not know.  Next on the list is Clyde Gates.  Is that enough?  Not really sure that it is.

There is one obvious choice that would be easy to bring back in, and would be a great veteran influence.  You know him and love him.  Braylon Edwards.  He is a talented guy, and he wants to be a member of the New York Jets.  The Jets need to make this move, yesterday.  We have already discussed that though.

They did bring in UDFA’s at the position, so hopefully at least one will stick.  Another veteran that has been named of in conjunction with the Jets is Ramses Barden.  Another name that is out there and would be a fit is Brandon Lloyd.  Or, there could still be another in-house solution.  Jordan White may make the step up in his second season.  We know he has the talent, he led the nation in receptions in his senior year of college.  He could be the guy.

The team still has other holes to fill, but to me, these are the biggest.  Sound off below as to your thoughts on the biggest team needs.


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  • disqus_fQxKRuCJA3

    Edwards at WR, Woodson at S can both be had for around the vet minimum. Then I would trade a 5th rounder for celek

    • TheJetPress

      Good thoughts, makes a lot of sense.

    • tsnm8888

      I could not have said it better myself!

    • matr dontelli iii

      the fifth we can give up painlessly because we should have a couple earlier round comp picks coming to us. we should sign bray, not barden. i wouldn’t miss gates if i never see him again. maybe white or one of the udfas can show us something, otherwise depth is a real issue. i missed the doctor article. i think it was before i found this site. could you drop us a link to it, please? thanks.

      • TheJetPress
        • matr dontelli iii

          interesting read, especially where he correctly predicted that the ream would be quiet on the details. quite nostradomic. he speaks as though he is a fan of the team. given that we’re not too far from training camp and have heard nothing, mr. idzik might wanna dial up old number 17. it seems like we’re gonna need someone. i think kerley can kinda fill holmes spot, minus the shenanigans, bray and hill would give us three current and two for the future. plenty of room for the other hill and a coupla udfas to jockey for a coupla roster/practice squad spots so we don’t have to watch gates run around.

          • TheJetPress

            He is a Jets fan, he was following the blog, that’s how I found him for the interview. You are right he predicted things quite well here, didn’t he?

            I’d be all for Gates not running around anywhere with our uniform on. He has to call Braylon. I don’t see any reason not to.

      • dguy901

        Barden is probably the ideal option. I don’t know what he did to piss Eli off but, he could have started and would have been a standout receiver in place of Hixon. You saw it in game 3 (Carolina-9/138) and when inserted late in game 4 (Philly- drew 2 penalties on the last drive to keep chains moving).

    • Korwil

      I’d be happy with this. These three veterans can come in to both add competition and mentor young players. Josh Bush, Antonio Allen, & Rontez Miles can learn a lot from Landry and Woodson.

      Adding Braylon and Celek would really help our QB to get some solid receivers, which we certainly lack at this point.

      I hope that Jordan White can take the next step and should be given every opportunity to show what he’s got. Hopefully someone emerges between Gates/White/Spadola/Rogers this year as a receiving threat.

      • TheJetPress

        I agree with all of this Korwil. Would work just fine for me.