The Turn On The Jets 12 Pack is back. Rookie minicamp is underway so this week’s edition will focus on how the new additions will impact the current veterans on the New York Jets roster. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, YouTube and I-Tunes for further coverage. Also send us a submission for this week’s Fan Friday!
1. Leonard Williams – Veterans Most Impacted: Muhammad Wilkerson, Leger Douzable, Stephen Bowen: Wilkerson inevitably loses some urgency and leverage in his contract negotiations. Hopefully, the Jets still can work something out but the likelihood of them letting play this season under his current deal and then using the franchise tag on him next season has increased since Williams was added. A trade isn’t out of the realm of possibility but the Jets should not sell low on a 25 year old All-Pro caliber defensive end. As for Douzable, his reps will be limited behind a three man defensive line rotation of Williams, Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson while a guy like Bowen may not even make the final 53 now.
2. Devin Smith – Veterans Most Impacted: Chris Owusu, TJ Graham, Quincy Enunwa, Shaq Evans: I didn’t include Jeremy Kerley because his game could not be more different than Smith’s. The Jets likely are not going to be asking Smith to run many of the routes as a rookie that Kerley is slated to run. Yes, he will see a little less playing time and a few less targets but he should still remain a valuable third down weapon and slot receiver. The battle for the 4th and 5th receiver spot was now turned into a battle for the 5th and (maybe) 6th roster spot with the Smith pick, hurting burners like Owusu and Graham along with John Idzik holdovers Evans and Enunwa. The Jets have built themselves a talented top four with a diverse skill set, which should give opposing defenses match-up problems on a weekly basis.
3. Lorenzo Mauldin – Veterans Most Impacted: Calvin Pace, Trevor Reilly, IK Enemkpali: Pace finally has his heir apparent on the roster, if he ever does actually retire. Reilly is probably more impacted than Enemkpali who is more of a pure power rusher, while Reilly had been tagging along with Pace last season hoping to eventually develop into the “jack of all trade” edge that he has been for seemingly the past 200 years. Mauldin should be a spot player on defense in 2015 and core special teamer before hopefully taking on a full time defensive role in 2016.
4. Bryce Petty – Veterans Most Impacted: Matt Simms, Geno Smith: Simms will probably be bumped off the roster by Petty this season. Smith is on his last chance regardless of the selection but now this solidifies the new regime has their own developmental quarterback to move forward with post 2015 if Smith flames out.
5. Jarvis Harrison – Veterans Most Impacted: Brian Winters, James Brewer, Wesley Johnson: The Jets can’t keep every single guard. Dakota Dozier and Oday Aboushi are higher ceiling prospects at this point than Winters but they could be impacted too if Harrison flashes in camp. With Harrison, it is going to be more mental than physical. He could slide anywhere from competing for playing time as a rookie or being moved to the practice squad.
6. Deon Simon – Veterans Most Impacted: TJ Barnes, Damon Harrison: A good point made by Connor Rogers in our podcast last week was with all the money the Jets will have to pay out on their defensive line in the next few years, Damon Harrison is probably the odd man out after this season. TJ Barnes and the newly drafted Simon are currently battling for time behind him and the chance to be considered a long term option at nose tackle.
7. Taiwan Jones – Veterans Most Impacted: Joe Mays, Erin Henderson, Jamari Lattimore: I don’t want to go too crazy with the UDFAs but Jones sounds like the headline player for this year’s group. I can’t imagine the Jets keeping more than five inside linebackers so could Jones potentially knock one of this off-season’s veteran additions off the team?
8. Zac Stacy – Veterans Most Impacted: Stevan Ridley, Daryl Richardson: If Ridley can’t get healthy or is ineffective, Stacy pushes him off the roster as Chris Ivory’s co-star on early downs. Richardson’s already small chances of making the team took a big blow after this trade.
9. DeVier Posey – Veterans Most Impacted: Chris Owusu, TJ Graham, Quincy Enunwa, Shaq Evans: Mike Maccagnan asked for Posey in a trade for a reason and was part of the war room who took him in the third round, not exactly good news if you are one of the guys listed above.
10. Breno Giacomini – No tackle taken in the NFL Draft means Breno is likely safe as the starting right tackle for one more season in New York, despite an uneven effort last year.
11. Bilal Powell – No speed or pass catching back added in the NFL Draft means Powell is probably going to be the team’s primary third down back and pass catching option out of the backfield.
12. Willie Colon/Oday Aboushi/Dakota Dozier: One of these guys is probably going to start at guard, particularly now with no pick added before the 5th round.
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