May 10, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik (left) talks with head coach Rex Ryan (right) during New York Jets rookie minicamp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
We have talked at length about the influence of new general manager John Idzik. We have discussed how, because he comes from the outside, he comes with no allegiances to any of the current players, which is important when you are rebuilding a roster. We have already seen this influence start to take shape, as two of the most recognizable Jets of the recent teams are gone, Bart Scott and Darrelle Revis.
However, there are still a lot of players on this roster. There is a lot of work to be done before this roster gets down to 53 men for the start of the 2013 season. That means more players that we are familiar with, will be released, and not be around come the start of the year. Here are some that I see being let go:
VLADIMIR DUCASSE: No, I realize that I am not breaking a major scoop here. I don’t think any of you are under any mistaken illusions about him, nor that John Idzik and company think he is a Hall of Fame talent waiting to break out. With Tanny gone, nobody cares that he is from UMass. Do you think the Jets have brought in all of these lineman because they are happy with him? Nope! Bye bye, Vladimir.
GREG MCELROY: For purposes of this post, I am considering Greg notable because he started a game last year. The Jets are clearly not smitten with his abilities, otherwise they would not have brought in a quarterback early. Barring real problems with Geno Smith, or injury problems with David Garrard, Greg will not be on the team next year.
MIKE GOODSON/JOE MCKNIGHT: To me, Goodson is not a lock to make this team. They aren’t going to carry four running backs, so you have Chris Ivory at #1, Bilal Powell as change of pace, and that leaves us with Joe and Mike. Mike Goodson’s style is similar to Ivory’s, and similar to McKnight’s. There is only room for one of them, and the other will be gone. Could McKnight’s kick return skills put him over the top? Very possibly, we shall see.
KYLE WILSON: This one isn’t a “lock”, but has potential. We all know that Wilson is not fit to be starting on the outside, opposite Antonio Cromartie. The development of the other CBs will be the deciding factor of Kyle’s fate. If Milliner is ready to go, Wilson will head back to nickel. If guys like Walls, Lankster, ..etc. show enough improvement, Kyle Wilson will be shown the door.
CALVIN PACE: Just because he has been brought back at a lower salary, doesn’t mean he is a lock to stay here. Yes, the Jets have familiarity with him, but John Idzik does not. If Ricky Sapp steps up, if we see Antwan Barnes rushing well off the edge, we could see Calvin Pace released once again. It will depend on whether enough guys will be prepared to replace him.
You will notice, that #6 is not on this list. Like it or not, I don’t see the move happening. I didn’t see a great chance earlier, and now I don’t see much of a chance at all now that David Garrard is retiring. Barring some miracle play from Geno, Mark will be here.
What do you guys think? Sound off below, as always.