As of Monday morning, the Jets have announced the signing of DL Bronson Kaufusi and LB Anthony Wint to exclusive right tenders. While both of these guys are not big-ticket signings, they still figure to play a role in the Jets’ final roster heading into training camp. The edge rusher and linebacker will get a fresh start under Gregg Williams, and an opportunity to grab a roster spot.
DL Bronson Kaufusi and LB Anthony Wint have signed their exclusive rights tenders. pic.twitter.com/Xc7ZeTGRMn
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The former FIU Panther, Wint is getting his second shot with the Gang Green. As an undrafted free agent, Wint is fighting for a roster spot. Similarly to last year, he is stacked against the odds. The difference this year is the staff he is trying to impress. Under a new defensive doordinator in Williams, Wint will get a fresh set of eyes on his potential.
Last year, Wint had almost no chance at a roster spot, with Darron Lee and Avery Williamson already locked into starter positions. With uncertainty surrounding Lee’s future, the second-year Jet has a better shot at a roster spot.
What to expect out of Wint? If he can find a niche in training camp, we could see Wint on the practice squad. If he can hone his skills as a coverage backer or pass rusher, he could be useful for the scout team. With more experience in his second year, it is extremely possible Wint finds himself with the Jets practice squad, giving looks for the starting offense.
The Jets are in desperate need of an impactful pass rusher, and the signing of Kaufusi is a direct reflection of it. After fighting injuries in his rookie year with Baltimore, Kaufusi barely saw the field with the Ravens.
Last year, in his 2018 campaign, Kaufusi showed promise after a position change, but landed on the Jets practice squad. He was activated in October for one game, but quickly went back to the practice squad. If Kaufusi can stay healthy, he could very well find himself on the active roster this season. His motor is second to none, and if he can prove himself as an asset to Williams, he could be a solid backup behind whoever the Jets draft at number three this year. Assuming they take a rookie at the top of this year’s draft such as Kentucky’s Josh Allen, the Jets could find use for Kaufusi behind the rookie.
The former BYU Cougar is as hard of a worker as they come, something a player on the brink of the roster must have. With a hole at pass rusher in Florham Park, Kaufusi is set up to make the active roster, but he will have to make an impact early and often in camp.