Releasing two quality veterans will come back to haunt the New York Jets during their rebuilding season.
Early last week, the New York Jets released two fan favorites in linebacker David Harris and wide receiver Eric Decker. These moves looked to be the last of the Jets purging of the veterans on the roster before the team heads into training camp in late July.
With a team that is young all over these moves could prove to be a bad decision from the Jets brass. Could these moves be bad for the Jets one might ask? Simply the answer is, yes it is. The team this offseason stripped the team down and went young all over. Especially at two key positions which are wide receiver and linebacker.
With so many young players at this position who are trying to learn an NFL playbook for the first time is difficult and it becomes even more difficult when they do not have a veteran player at their position that they can look up to.
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Not only does a veteran help the young players in the locker room, but helps out in teaching them how to be a pro off the field too.
With Decker gone and so many younger wide receivers trying to learn a brand new playbook, this could be costly for the Jets in their development.
Sure, they have Quincy Enunwa who is going to take over the number one wide receiver position on the depth chart, but the question is has he learned enough from the vets like Decker?
Yes, the Jets just reacquired Demario Davis from Cleveland two weeks ago but will that be enough? This writer does not think so.
Both Harris and Decker bring more to the Jets than the team thought. They bring leadership and promise to a team that really needed it Not only do they both bring those traits and skills, but they bring something more than a head coach, or positional coach can not. The Jets have gone in a rebuilding direction, but these two veterans should have stayed at least another year to help mentor the young players at their positions. This is a risky move that could blow up in the Jets face sooner rather than later.