The NY Jets made a flurry of roster moves in what was a busy day for Jets news on Saturday. With five players ruled out on the final injury report, the Jets simply opted to place all five on the injured reserve this weekend.
Safety Lamarcus Joyner, cornerback Brandin Echols, offensive tackles Duane Brown and George Fant, and offensive guard Nate Herbig were all placed on the IR on Saturday, ending their seasons one week early.
In their place, the Jets signed safety Will Parks, defensive end Bradlee Anae, offensive linemen Eric Smith and Adam Pankey, and wide receiver Irvin Charles to the active roster.
Parks takes Joyner's place and will likely back up rookie Tony Adams on Sunday. Anae and Charles were summer standouts who could see some playing time on Sunday as well. Smith and Pankey serve as much-needed depth for an injury-riddled offensive line.
Other NY Jets news
The Jets won't have Chris Streveler in Week 18
Despite all of those roster moves, the Jets opted not to promote quarterback Chris Streveler to the active roster. The Jets already used all three of Streveler's practice squad elevations which meant they would have needed to sign him to the 53-man roster.
The opportunity was there as the Jets did sign five players to the active roster, but they clearly didn't feel the need to add Streveler. That means the Jets will roll with two healthy quarterbacks on Sunday in Joe Flacco and Zach Wilson.
If Flacco were to get hurt, the Jets would be forced to turn to Wilson despite the team's insistence that they don't want him anywhere near a football field right now.
For that reason, it might have made some sense to have Streveler active for the final game of the season. Instead, the Jets wanted to give players like Anae and Charles an opportunity.
Jets reminded of what they missed out on in Trevor Lawrence
The Jacksonville Jaguars officially qualified for the playoffs on Saturday night, completing a miraculous one-season turnaround from last to first place in the AFC South. Much of that was due to the emergence of Trevor Lawrence this season.
Of course, the Jets were an expected subject of some unprompted shots on Saturday night. After all, this is the Jets we're talking about. When the opportunity to poke fun at them is there, people are going to take it.
While Lawrence and the Jaguars will be headed to the playoffs for the first time since the 2017 season, the Jets have missed out for a 12th consecutive season and are resetting at the quarterback position after less than two full years of Zach Wilson.
It's hard to see the progress Lawrence and the Jaguars have made and not be at least a little jealous.