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New York Jets' 53 Man Roster: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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The Bad

1) The Quarterback situation - It is becoming more and more apparent that Mark Sanchez’s shoulder bruise is going to keep him out for at least the 1st couple of weeks of the season. That means that the job has been ceded to Geno Smith. Smith looks like he needs a few weeks on the bench to watch the game at full speed and take additional coaching before he is ready to take the reins permanently. That puts the Jets in a quandary because Genoa will start Week 1 barring a miraculous recovery by Sanchez and unless Smith is absolutely awful over multiple weeks of the season you can’t pull him without hurting his development. It would be much easier to go to Smith after Sanchez starts the year than the reverse. That being said I believe Geno Smith has talent and will improve as the year goes along. His development will set the direction of the franchise going forward. If he shows his talent they will build around him if he doesn’t they will draft another signal caller in 2014.

2) Safety - Dawan Landry has solidified one safety position but neither Jaiquawn Jarrett nor Antonio Allen have done enough in coverage to lock down the other safety position. After leading the competition in the spring Josh Bush disappeared and accepted a backup role behind Dawan Landry. Bush is the best of the three in coverage. Rex Ryan said he will mix and match the safety based on opponent but not having a good coverage safety further exposes your linebackers in coverage which is not what the Jets need to do. I don’t know if he has anything left physically but Jim Leonhard was cut on Saturday and I’m sure the Jets will kick the tires on him.

3) Left Guard - Vladimir Ducasse starts over Brian Winters for now and both of those men are good run blockers. Pass blocking is another story and with the cupboard so bare at guard that converted defensive tackle William Campbell made the active roster as a reserve guard. Stephen Peterman was so poor that he was cut early. If Ducasse and Winters falter early the Jets will be forced to make a move. Hopefully Winters improves and takes the job sooner rather than later.

4) Punt returner - Jeremy Kerley is a fair catch machine. All he does is raise his hands in the air and attempt to catch the ball, he is absolutely no threat to take a return for a touchdown or even to have a long return. Leon Washington was cut by the Patriots Sunday. A reunion would make sense even as a 4 week trial until Goodson gets back.

The Ugly

1) Cruel cuts - To me there is nothing more excruciating to a football player to be cut the day after you thought you made the team. Every year it happens and this year’s unlucky recipients are Khalil Bell and Danny Lansanah. Lansanah would have been on the nice surprise list had he stuck on the roster but he was cut Sunday, however, his disappointment should be short-lived as he should fill the last practice squad spot after he clears waivers tomorrow. If he doesn’t clear waivers then he makes someone else’s roster so either way he will be fine. Bell will have to hope that his good play will net him a job in the league if an injury occurs.

 

 

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  • Paul Newbold

    Well, pretty much set. Now it’s time to see what they can do. The team has promise, long run, but still lacks proven talent. I don’t much expect much early, but they should get better as the season progresses. Now let’s play some football! Go Jets!

  • woodyherman

    I do not understand the statement to a lesser degee J B Shugarts. As an offensive line coach I watch the line play instead of the ball and shugarts should have been on the 53 instead of the 5th round pick. Shugarts shut down the blindside and when he played RT he was excellent. I talk to the coaches two weeks ago and they really like JB. I do not think he will last on the JETS as too many teams know about him