New York Jets GM John Idzik hasn’t hesitated to put his imprint on the team. Part of that process will continue this summer when recent personnel decisions have the potential to knock a few of Mike Tannenbaum’s recent draft picks off the final 53 man roster. Who should be concerned?
Mark Sanchez – 2009 – 1st Round Pick – Yes, Sanchez. We mentioned after the draft the potential of him being cut or traded in August and it shouldn’t surprise anybody if that happens. If Geno Smith looks competent this summer and David Garrard is healthy, Sanchez isn’t suiting up for this team week 1. They will eat the contract if necessary to avoid having the quarterback room too crowded once the regular season starts.
Joe McKnight – 2010 – 4th Round Pick – The Mike Goodson signing was really a nail in the coffin for McKnight and adding Chris Ivory just bumped him further down the depth chart. People get too hung up on McKnight’s value as a kick returner. Like many before him, McKnight was productive in Mike Westhoff’s system (Jonathan Carter, Chad Morton, Jerricho Cotchery, Brad Smith). Go back and watch some of McKnight’s big returns, there isn’t a ton of people he is making miss. Kick returner is always replaceable and as a running back, McKnight is well behind Ivory, Goodson and even Bilal Powell.
Vladimir Ducasse – 2010 2nd Round Pick – After Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore left in free agency, Ducasse sat atop the Jets depth chart at Guard. Since then? They’ve signed Willie Colon, and Stephen Peterman, drafted Brian Winters and William Campbell and mentioned the possibility of another draft pick, Oday Aboushi playing Guard. You think they have confidence in Ducasse?
A few other Tannenbaum selections aren’t likely in danger of missing the final 53 but could be bumped down the depth chart without strong summers.
Kyle Wilson – 2010 1st Round Pick – Already knocked out of a starting job by this year’s first round Dee Milliner. Wilson should be the team’s nickel back but with talented options behind him in Aaron Berry and Darrin Walls, if he struggles in the pre-season or early in the year, he could have his role further minimized.
Kenrick Ellis – 2011 3rd Round Pick – Ellis is built to be the best pure nose tackle on the roster but with the variety of personnel options the Jets have, particularly with Sheldon Richardson and Antonio Garay now in the fold, Ellis could see a limited amount of weekly reps. He has immense physical potential but still needs to show an ability to stay healthy and consistent.
Stephen Hill – 2012 2nd Round Pick – We took a closer look at Hill right here and despite having unique physical traits to the rest of the team’s currently thin wide receiver depth chart, you get the sense Marty Morhinweg will only be able to stomach so many dropped passes before marginalizing Hill. I expect Hill to be a productive member of the team’s receiving core but the team could have limited patience if he starts the season slow.