The New York Jets appear to be on the outside looking in when it comes to wide receiver DeSean Jackson. It is fair to assume they will not make any “major” additions in the coming weeks, if not any, before the NFL Draft. However, they have recently hosted three lower tier free agents who could provide needed depth. They also have rumored interest in a high profile veteran running back. Let’s take a closer look at the four players:
CB Dimitri Patterson – A seasoned veteran at the cornerback position. Patterson has been in the league since 2005 and has played for five different teams, most recently the Miami Dolphins. Last season, he recorded 19 tackles, 1 sack, and 4 interceptions in only six games. Over the course of his career, he has played in 79 games with 9 interceptions and 36 passes defensed. Patterson would provide some needed veteran depth at a position the Jets are currently thin on experience at. He cannot be relied upon to be an every week starter but can handle spot duty and contribute in certain packages. The addition of Patterson shouldn’t preclude the Jets from looking at other veteran options via trade or a training camp cuts, or even potentially considering a corner with one of their early round picks. He should come at a low cost and is a more reliable option than Johnny Patrick or Ellis Lankster would be if Dee MIlliner or Darrin Walls went down on the outside.
OG Rich Ohrnberger – First and foremost, Orhnberger has an epically funny Twitter account. A fourth round pick in 2009, he has played in 31 games over four seasons for the Patriots, Chargers and Cardinals. Last season, he logged 155 offensive snaps for the Chargers and started one game. The year before, he started four games for the Cardinals. In 2013, the Jets kept rookies Will Campbell and Oday Aboushi on the roster all season, along with waiver claim Ben Ijalana. This would seem to indicate they have some type of long term hopes for them. However, Ornhberger would provide a needed boost of depth behind presumed starters Willie Colon and Brian Winters.
WR Jacoby Ford – A small (5’9, 190) receiver who is an absolute burner. Ford has not been able to stay healthy throughout his four year NFL career with the Oakland Raiders. He missed 8 games in 2011 and the entire 2012 season with a foot injury. Over four seasons, he has 57 receptions, 848 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns. Finally, Ford returned three kicks for a touchdown in 2010 and took one to the house in 2011. Last season, he returned 14 punts for 77 yards. Ford is a minimum cost type addition who has much higher upside than a player like Clyde Gates. The Jets need a proven returner, if Ford can make an impression there, he has a chance to stick on the roster and then eventually carve out himself his role as a deep threat/gadget player on offense.
RB Chris Johnson – I’m starting to warm to potential interest in Johnson, pending cost. On a cheap, incentive based deal. Why not? The Jets offense needs speed. Mike Goodson has potential but is far from a proven. Used properly and in a limited role, Johnson could add a whole new element to the Jets offense. With Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell pounding defenses up the middle, Johnson can serve as a change of pace on outside handoffs and Marty Mornhinweg can also design screens and plays in the passing game to get him in space.
What do you think Jets fans? Which of these players would you like to see the Jets move on?