With final roster cuts looming, the New York Jets have a lot of tough decisions to make. Head coach Todd Bowles had an interesting take when it came to who he’s going to keep.
Roster cuts are the hardest part of the NFL offseason for teams across the league. You start out the offseason with 90 players on the roster and by the end of it, you have 53 guys. With a limited offseason due to the new CBA, it doesn’t make it any simpler. Which makes it that much more difficult to cut over 40 players with the limited amount of time to analyze them.
So for the New York Jets, they have to try and find out who the best 53 players are on the roster, or do they? Head coach Todd Bowles talked about his unique strategy, via the Media Relations Department of the Jets:
On how much time he will spend thinking about roster decisions…
A lot. You have to. It’s that time of year. We’re going to have to cut some good football players. We’re just going to make sure we have the right ones that fit us. It’s not always the best 53. It’s the right 53. We have a lot of decisions to make.
For those of you who thought that the Jets would keep the most talented 53 players on the roster, you’re sadly mistaken. Bowles will be forced to make these decisions in a few weeks, after the conclusion of the preseason.
Bowles reiterated that “he has a pretty good idea” on who is staying and who is going, but there are still games to be played. In the last two preseason games, Bowles will get a final look at the Jets new-look receiving corps.
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The Jets haven’t had a receiving depth chart this deep this century.
Which will inevitably lead to some tough cuts, Bowles spoke about that, via the Media Relations Department of the Jets:
On if the upcoming cuts are a stressful time or if he has a good idea of what he wants to do…
I have a good idea, I have a very good idea. It’s always going to be tough when you’re making these upcoming cuts. Thus there’s a few spots I’m looking at. For the most part we have it written in pencil. But it still doesn’t make it any easier. At the end of the day it’s always a stressful time because these are player’s lives.
One of those spots is assuredly at receiver and corner, the two deepest positional units on the roster. Those decisions will come down to numbers, do the Jets keep six or seven receivers?
The popular question is do the Jets keep four quarterbacks? Whatever position the Jets coaching staff leans on will have a ripple effect on the rest of the roster.