The Jets roster cuts have been made, at least for now, as there will likely be moves in the hours and days ahead. If you missed the current 53 man roster, Craig Hoffman did a great job covering it for us, his piece can be found here. The choices raise some questions, as the team chose to keep ten of this year’s twelve draft picks.
They obviously kept their top three picks in Calvin Pryor, Jace Amaro and Dexter McDougle. The first two are expected to contribute heavily this year and clearly won their spots on the roster. McDougle was showing well early on, but continued on with his injury riddled college career by tearing his ACL, and will sit out his rookie season after surgery to repair it.
The rest, however, will likely have little to contribute to the 2014 season, with the exception of Jalen Saunders, who will attempt to handle returns for the team this year. That leaves six “developmental players” on the roster that offer little value for the coming season.
John Idzik in his two years as the Jets GM has now kept 32 players he signed, while only 21 remain from the Mike Tannenbaum era. He set out to put his mark on this team when he arrived, and he’s doing just that. After cleaning house in the organization, he has moved on to stamp his name on the roster as well. If things fail to develop, his name will likely be the first to come up in the blame game however.
It’s just my opinion, but it seems John Idzik has a problem admitting he might have made an error or two when it comes to the players he’s drafted. Holding on to that many mid to late round picks would be fine if they showed something on the field to substantiate the trust the team has put into them, but they haven’t for the most part. I’m not saying there isn’t talent in the group, but let’s face it, they showed little to encourage fans this preseason.