The NY Jets have released their list of five inactives ahead of their Week 3 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Among the more notable scratches are quarterback Zach Wilson and cornerback Bryce Hall.
The others are a mix of surprises and expected with defensive end Bryce Huff, wide receiver Denzel Mims, and tight end Lawrence Cager making up the remaining inactives.
The Jets didn't elect to elevate anyone from the practice squad this week which means they only had to scratch five players. Wilson is the only one of the four left inactive due to injury.
It is a little surprising to see the Jets scratch both Hall and Huff for the second consecutive week (three consecutive for Huff), especially against a pass-heavy team like the Bengals.
Bryce Hall and Bryce Huff are surprise inactives for the NY Jets
With Hall out, the Jets will once again be razor-thin at cornerback with just four true corners on the active roster. Brandin Echols will be the first to receive snaps if any cornerback goes down, much like last week, but special-teamer Justin Hardee is the only other "cornerback" active for this game.
Instead, the Jets once again chose to have five safeties active with Ashtyn Davis, Tony Adams, and Will Parks. Special-teams contributions likely played a major part in this decision, but it's still odd to leave the team so shorthanded at cornerback against a team with as many talented wide receivers as the Bengals.
As for Huff, he's been left inactive through the first three weeks of the season now. The Jets initially explained it away by insisting that they wanted to roll with bigger, more versatile defensive linemen against the Ravens and Browns, but that excuse doesn't hold up this week.
It's odd to see Huff, arguably the team's second-best true edge rusher, scratched over the likes of Nathan Shepherd, Jacob Martin, and even Micheal Clemons given who the Jets are facing this week.
Cager's absence means that the Jets will be sticking with Jeremy Ruckert as their third tight end. Ruckert was active for the first time last week and dropped a pass on his first career target.
Mims is the final inactive and the least surprising. He will be inactive every week unless he's traded or an injury occurs to another receiver on the roster.