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

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6. It's time for the NY Jets to punt on Braden Mann

Jets punter Braden Mann is banged up but looks like he could play in Week 2. The team signed veteran punter/kicker Ty Long to their practice squad this week. It appears he's just insurance, but you could argue that Mann should be replaced altogether.

The Jets' 2020 draft class curse continues. Douglas's first draft with the team has been a disaster, and that, unfortunately, includes punter Braden Mann, who showed some promise in his early days with the team.

In the old days, one of the tactics used by master motivators like Bill Parcells was to publicly and privately call out his players for their performance. Essentially, putting their jobs on notice. The legendary 'Tuna' was notorious for being especially hard on his kicking specialists.

Parcells would invite and work out several free agents a day after his punter or kicker showed any struggles. In many ways, it was a warning to not only those specific players, but to his entire team.

Ultimately, it would be a final warning toward the player who was on the proverbial chopping block. One more slip-up and you are gone. 

In 2022, something tells me that Robert Saleh and very few others would take that same approach. However, based on his substandard level of play in recent seasons, it's time for the Jets to seriously consider other options at punter.

The Ty Long signing doesn't appear on the surface to be a message or warning notice to Mann, but there's only a certain amount of time before your draft status stops giving you immunity.

A year ago, Thomas Morstead, who is now with the Miami Dolphins, was phenomenal with the Jets when Mann was injured early in the season. If not for Mann's draft status, Morstead would still be in green and white.

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Braden Mann's time with the Jets has reached its breaking point. The former Ray Guy Award winner at Texas A&M was drafted with the idea that he would be a weapon for the team, not a liability shanking 20-yard punts.

The Jets need to strongly consider giving him the boot. 

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