New York Jets: Major risk pays off in the end

By Paul A. Esden Jr.

The New York Jets played a dangerous game with their final roster maneuvering over the last several days and this time it paid off for the Jets.

We have signed WR Chris Owusu and placed CB Dee Milliner on short-term IR-

— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 6, 2015

When the Jets decided to cut both Chris Owusu and Walter Powell in the final roster cut-down, it made a lot of Jets fans scratch their heads. Suddenly the Jets were left without a kick-returner and they were left with just five receivers on the roster. Two of them are dealing with injuries: Jeremy Kerley going through the concussion protocol and Devin Smith still battling back from broken ribs.

This left the Jets with only a healthy Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall; in other words, a very dangerous play. Imagine the scenario the Jets would have been in if after the release Powell and Owusu another team claims them and the Jets are left with no return man a week out from the regular season opener? Luckily for the Jets, the major risk of making these tough cuts turned out to be just fine after all.

Jets confirm that CB Dee Milliner is on short-term IR. They announce the re-signing of WR Chris Owusu, who becomes their No. 1 KOR. #nyj

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 6, 2015

Luckily for the Jets they won this game of Russian roulette but they just could have easily lost. Is a kick returner the end all be all? Perhaps not, but special teams is a third of the game and for the Jets could be the difference maker in winning some close games this upcoming season due to a better field advamtage.

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