The Jets made all of their roster cuts on Saturday getting down to a 53 man squad. On Sunday, they claimed cornerback Leon McFadden from the Cleveland Browns and signed 7 of their 10 allotted practice squad players.
The Good – Geno Smith seems to have taken a leap forward in year two with his poise, footwork and accuracy all improving. He has a full grasp of the playbook and his confidence and leadership ability are showing through. Smith needs to show it in the regular season against opponents game planning against him but the future looks much brighter than it did to start last year. Michael Vick showed that he has enough left in the tank to come in for an injured or ineffective Smith and be able to win ball games. A viable backup quarterback has been a long time issue with the Jets and I am glad to see it resolved.
Most thought that Simms would be a part of the active roster but with the new rules the Jets were able to cut him and luckily for them no team claimed him which allowed the Jets to re-sign him to the practice squad. The rule change allowing two practice squad members who have two full years of play allowed this to happen. Good for John Idzik for creatively being able to carry three quarterbacks with only two counting against the roster.
The Bad – Tajh Boyd was cut, not claimed and as of this writing not a part of the Jets practice squad. A player once thought to be a 1st round pick as late as last year, and Rex Ryan’s hand-picked selection, might have already washed out of the league. I thought he would be a good practice squad candidate and after a couple of years there could be a serviceable backup but it doesn’t seem like that is meant to be.
The Ugly – None
The Good – This is another case of the Jets having their cake and eating it too. Daryl Richardson earned a roster spot and it was mildly surprising when he was cut but using the two year rule the Jets were able to bring him back to the practice squad. Richardson was a starter in his 1st year with the Rams so having that caliber of player on the practice squad is a coup. Chris Johnson has looked terrific with no signs of his knee injury or being worn down after years of being a bell cow for the Titans. Johnson has burst and explosiveness, showing them off in the running and passing game. Johnson may end up having the 2nd most receptions on the team.
Chris Ivory also looked good, mixing his power with underrated speed and agility. Ivory even caught a screen pass and took it for 20 yards which I don’t think he’s done in his career. The Jets would be less predictable if Ivory shows he can catch the ball at least sporadically so teams can stop stacking the box against him. Bilal Powell continues to be the underrated, all-around talent that does whatever is asked of him. He can run, catch the ball out of the backfield, pass block and anything else you need from a running back.
The Bad – Tommy Bohanon is a serviceable full back at best and the Jets could be better served either eliminating or upgrading the position. Bohanon can run and catch out of the backfield, he just isn’t very good at it. He can run and pass block but again he does nothing to stand out in that department either.
The Ugly – None