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6 changes the NY Jets need to make to their roster ASAP

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5. The NY Jets need nickel cornerback insurance

Pinnock isn't the only player the Jets let go that would've aided the team's depth in their secondary. 

The team also released nickel cornerback Javelin Guidry, who initially landed with Arizona and is now on the Raiders' active roster. The Jets do not have a viable backup slot cornerback on their roster. 

In the event that New York loses Michael Carter II to injury, the team would be faced with moving D.J. Reed to the slot or giving Brandin Echols snaps at the position. Both fallback options would weaken the team.

As a band-aid to address this area, the Jets have signed Jimmy Moreland to their practice squad. It's entirely possible that he needs up being elevated from the practice squad to the main roster on game day because there are no other viable alternatives at the nickel spot behind Michael Carter II.

Right now, New York's strength is their electric starting duo at outside corner. Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed had fantastic Week 1 performances and could become the Jets' best cornerback duo since Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.

There's no reason to break up the 2022 band. 

Keeping Javelin Guidry wouldn't have moved mountains, but it would've been a clever play. Bryce Hall and Echols are more suited to the outside, and Carter needs a direct backup who has experience playing the slot.

Finding a Guidry type is easier said than done. Everyone in the league is desperate for quality cornerback play. The Jets do have cornerback Craig James on their practice squad, but he is more noted for his special team's prowess than as a cover cornerback.

The nickel spot is something that the Jets need to scour closely on the open market and throughout the league. The Jets can't afford an injury to Carter.  

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