New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles recently spoke to the media about cutting wide receiver Chad Hansen.
All throughout organized team activities and mandatory minicamp, wide receiver Chad Hansen was the talk of it all. He was catching everything coming his way and was building himself up to be a force to reckon with all throughout New York Jets training camp.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go as envisioned for the second-year wideout. Hansen faded away faster than a New York minute when it mattered most. He didn’t do much of anything in training camp and was barely involved in anything during preseason action. It was to the point that it looked like Hansen’s roster spot was in jeopardy all summer long.
During preseason roster cuts, it was revealed that Hansen was indeed cut by the Jets. It was the end of a once-promising tenure with Gang Green but with every cut, comes an opportunity for a player to thrive elsewhere.
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Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots wasted no time in scooping up yet another former member of the Jets. When speaking to the media, head coach Todd Bowles spoke about what happened with Hansen after having a good spring.
Here is what Bowles said, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets:
Other guys made plays too. I really liked Hansen. He’s a good football player, and I think he will do well up there in New England. But we understood when we let guys go that there’s a chance they’re going to get picked up. We thought we had a few good football players that we were going to let go that were going to get picked up and he did.
In the grand scheme of things, Hansen was unfortunately on the outside looking in due to a lot of competition in the wide receiver positional group. Others stepped up and when Hansen was given opportunities, he didn’t do much of anything with them.
Hansen will now do his best to stick around with the Patriots and if he does end up being kept and seeing regular season action, it would add another interesting storyline to this AFC East rivalry. Not only will Hansen play with a chip on his shoulder but it will be very interesting to see if the Jets made a mistake in cutting him too soon.
Either way, what’s done is done. The Jets now begin the regular season with who they feel are the best players that have earned their stripes to play competitive football. Hopefully, the wide receivers they felt were better than Hansen end up being so. If not, Hansen could potentially have the last laugh in the near future.