New York Jets Release Damien Woody, Kris Jenkins, Jason Taylor, Vernon Gholston

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It is being reported the Jets have released right tackle Damien Woody, nose tackle Kris Jenkins, outside linebacker Jason Taylor, and defensive lineman Vernon Gholston. Quick thoughts….

Damien Woody – The biggest loss out of these four. Woody gave the Jets three quality years at right tackle and was a leader on the offense. He struggled with injuries towards the end of last season and the Jets managed to get by with backup Wayne Hunter filling in. Hunter (who is a free agent) will likely be re-signed and compete with second year lineman Vladimir Ducasse for Woody’s old job. Ducasse was recently moved to right tackle after losing out on the chance to start at guard in his rookie year. Similar to when the Jets released Alan Faneca last year, they will be taking a risk that a younger player on the roster can become an adequate replacement. They guessed right last year, let’s hope they do it again.

Kris Jenkins – Jenkins was a beast for the Jets in 2008 but suffered a season ending injury early in the 2009 season, and then after extensive rehab had another season ending injury in the first quarter of the 2010 season. He has claimed he wants to continue his career and is in the middle of another rehab. The Jets simply owed him too much money to bring back under his current contract. I would guess there is a good chance he is brought back if he agrees to a cheaper deal down the road. If not, Sione Pouha has been very good filling in for him the past two years, however the Jets still need to address their defensive line in this year’s draft.

Jason Taylor – The Jets took a shot with Taylor when it became clear the Miami Dolphins weren’t interested in bringing him back before the 2010 season. He was decent as a rotational player in their defense last year, finishing with 36 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. This team still needs to find a long term answer for their pass rush at the outside linebacker position.

Vernon Gholston – The bust of busts. A guy who wowed at the combine and was drafted with the #6 overall pick to sack the quarterback, yet never registered a single sack in three seasons with the team. Goodbye Vernon.

Moving up the depth chart –

  • RT Wayne Hunter (when he is re-signed)
  • RT Vladimir Ducasse
  • OLB Jamaal Westerman
  • DL Marcus Dixon
  • DL Ropati Pitoitua
  • DL Jarron Gilbert

This also increases the Jets need to draft two to three players for their defensive front seven.

Don’t Forget How Dominant Jenkins Could Be

3 thoughts on “New York Jets Release Damien Woody, Kris Jenkins, Jason Taylor, Vernon Gholston

  1. They were released. but there is a chance for a resigning later.

    I believe they will Resign Jenkins out of the group. His last injury was a fluke a man fell on his leg as he landed awkwardly.

    Woody won’t return, he’s a huge lose but his injury hands down has a 6-12 month recovery period. At the absolute best he’s back by the end of July, early August…. that’s not much time for football shape…

    Taylor was done… he knew it was going to be the end, you saw it in his eyes at the media conference after the AFCCG game.

    Gholston, just get the %&@% out, hope the Jets sue his ass for impersonating a football and committing fraud on the fans of the Jets.

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  3. Agree, Tony…I think there is a very good chance Jenkins will be back at a reduced price and they are content to let Hunter/Ducasse battle for RT job

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