A handful of thoughts on the New York Jets waiver moves today and where their current 53 man roster sits at.
1. It was mildly surprising to see the Jets add running back Alex Green and then cut ties with Kahlil Bell, considering how strongly Bell finished the pre-season. Green has a bit more upside and was relatively productive in Green Bay last season, despite a poor yards per carry. He can catch the football out of the backfield and is reliable in pass protection, or he wouldn’t have seen the amount of reps he did last season in the Packers offense. Regardless, there is a good chance Green is released when Mike Goodson is activated before week 5. Green does have experience returning kicks, so if he makes an impact there…maybe he could stick.
2. Ben Ijalana was intriguing pick-up at offensive tackle, where the Jets desperately needed help. He was a 2nd round pick in 2011 and has struggled with injuries. However, he graded out well this pre-season according to Pro Football Focus. There is some long term potential there and he could quickly become the team’s top backup at tackle because Oday Aboushi is nowhere near ready for that role.
3. Scott Solomon adds a little depth to the outside linebacker position. However, it is hard to see him cracking into the rotation, particularly when Quinton Coples gets back from injury.
4. Josh Mauga was moved to IR. He simply hasn’t been able to stay healthy since he’s been here. I’m surprised he wasn’t cut outright. Danny Lansanah had really impressed all summer and brought some needed athleticism to the inside linebacker position but was still cut today. Hopefully, he clears waivers and can be added to the practice squad.
5. The most intriguing names on the Jets practice squad? Safety Rontez Miles who could find himself on the active roster at some point this year, as a special teamer and occasional contributor on defense. Center Dalton Freeman has potential and probably could have made the regular 53 if he wasn’t hurt early in camp.
6. Just judging from the numbers – Look for Mark Sanchez to be out week 1 with a shoulder injury and for Santonio Holmes to suit up and play.