A Look Back at John Idzik’s Inaugural New York Jets’ Season: Antwan Barnes and Ben Obomanu

Aug 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets linebacker Antwan Barnes (95) during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s continue our look back at the first season of John Idzik in New York. What moves were good? What moves weren’t so good? We have been going over his moves over the last several days. Most recently we talked about the acquisition of David Nelson. Today we are going to look at two more of Idzik’s signings:

ANTWAN BARNES: The Jets were in need of an edge pass rush, as we all know, but the Jets didn’t have a lot of financial room to work with. So, they sign Antwan Barnes. Formerly of the Chargers, he was two seasons removed from an 11 sack season, so it certainly was a good idea.

As the season began, Antwan paid dividends. He did rack up a sack against the Bucs on opening weekend and one more against the Titans, which put him on a pace for eight or nine sacks. However, in week five, Barnes suffered a knee injury that ended his season. With a season under his belt of only five games, there is not nearly enough information to give a grade, so he gets an INCOMPLETE.

BEN OBOMANU: In the quest to rebuild the Jets’ offense without a lot of money, he signed Ben Obomanu. Formerly with the Seahawks, he was two season removed from 37 catches for 436 yards in 2011. He didn’t have great numbers, but certainly serviceable ones.

He was signed, released, and then signed again. However, he didn’t perform much, posting only one catch for eight yards before being released again. The grade for this one is a D.

Topics: Antwan Barnes, Ben Obomanu, John Idzik, New York Jets

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