John Idzik Is Not Done “Fixing” The New York Jets Roster


Sep 7, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik reacts during the game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Raiders 19-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Many around Jet Nation have talked about the 2014 roster. Comments have ranged from it has too many question marks, to the other end of the spectrum where this roster is playoff ready. For those that read my blog, you already know I stand with the group of fans that believe that there still remains some serious questions. John Idzik is a patient guy, we’ve seen that through his dealings in the past two years as the Jets’ GM. I don’t believe for a moment that the organization will stand pat with the current roster. They, more than most of us, realize there are some holes yet to be filled. I believe John Idzik will get to work and shuffle this roster even further and I’d like to tell you why.

If last year is any example of how this guy operates, then the Jets will be seeing new players in Green and White soon enough. Last season we saw Idzik make some in season signings to bolster the roster, for example he signed David Nelson on October 2, 2013 to help out with the receiving group. Other in season signing brought guys in such as Brady Quinn, Zach Sudfeld, and Greg Salas. Idzik didn’t sit still during the 2013 season, he was out there trying to find talent.

This year will be much the same I believe. Yesterday the Jets reportedly worked out Doug Lugersky, a veteran guard who started 11 games for the Bills last season. Also earning a workout was guard Jeff Bacca, a former draft pick of the Vikings. There have been no signings announced, but it’s obvious that the Jets aren’t happy with their offensive line depth. As I said, John Idzik is nothing but patient, he’ll likely shop around before signing anyone. If he does indeed add a veteran guard, in my opinion it will be a welcome addition to this roster.

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Things settle down around the league around this time, rosters are getting set, while there are GM’s still tinkering. Players left out in the cold are hungry for a chance to play.  There is no need to guarantee them any money, and often they can be signed at veteran’s minimum. The other factor is a much smaller market, with the beginning of the season, the top talented teams have their rosters set, without the demand for a player’s services, contracts come by the cheap. Idzik has shown he likes to find “a diamond in the rough” and is willing to gamble if the price is right. I’d expect a few signings coming from Idzik as the season gets further down the line. These are usually short-term, stop-gap signings. No big investment, and no commitment for next season.

Idzik added a CB to the roster after cuts, signing Phillip Adams, a five-year veteran who has bounced around the league, most recently spending two years with the Raiders. I expect the Jets to be working out some corners as well. Even with the possibility of Milliner returning for game two, the Jets could sorely use help if it can be found. It’s hard to tinker with corner at this stage, but Idzik will surely bring some in for Rex to have a look at. The fact that Millner’s ankle still has him as a “possibility” tells you he’s not 100% , and nobody knows what Milliner will look like when he returns. These type of injuries have the potential to affect a player all season. Idzik will attempt to tinker with the position I believe, but the player may not be out there. Here’s hoping he can find some help.

Idzik likes bargain signings, and this is the time of the year when a  team can get lucky and improve its talent level. Last season Idzik showed he’s willing to sign a number of guys during the season. I think its likely we’ll see that again this season. What do you think? Will Idzik tinker with the roster? Does it need to be tinkered with? Who’d you like to see him bring in for a look? Any thoughts? Let’s discuss it!