With final cuts in the NFL happening yesterday, the Jets have a chance at almost a second draft. With a roster largely lacking in talent, waivers are a good chance to take a flier on some players that shook loose from other teams. Whether those players were blocked by proven vets in front of them of just didn’t catch on, here are some players the Jets would do well to claim with their high waiver priority.
UPDATE: The New York Jets have claimed four players: WR Damore’ea Stringfellow, WR Kalif Raymond, LB Edmond Robinson, TE Will Tye.
Stringfellow – 6’2, 211 pounds. A UDFA from the Miami Dolphins who finished with 4 catches for 130 yards and a TD this preseason. He had 1,478 yards and 12 touchdowns at Ole Miss. His signing will likely lead to the release of WR Charone Peake.
Raymond – 5’9, 160 pounds. He returned 11 punts for the Broncos last season and 6 kicks. His signing will likely lead to the release of RB Marcus Murphy.
Tye – Former starting TE for the New York Giants, he had 48 catches for 395 yards last season with 1 touchdown. His signing will likely lead to the releases of either FB Julian Howsare or TE Jason Vander Laan.
Robinson – An outside linebacker the past two years for the Vikings with 21 career tackles. His signing will likely lead to the release or IR placement of Lorenzo Mauldin.
Travis Rudolph – WR
Known primarily for his big heart, Rudolph made some big plays for the Giants this preseason. The play where he climbed the ladder and turned on the gas for some major YAC against the Jets was only one of several times Rudolph flashed for that other New York Team. Granted, he is blocked by OBJ, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard in front of him, but even then Giants writers were surprised Rudolph didn’t make the 53.
Austin Carr – WR
With the loss of Julian Edelman to a knee injury combined with the fragility of Danny Amendola and his own play this preseason, this undrafted rookie out of Northwestern seemed a virtual lock to not only make the roster but contribute this year in the slot for New England. The Jets should capitalize and grab their quarterbacks another sure handed middle of the field target.
Brad Kaaya – QB
Between coming out too early and landing behind a newly-extended Matthew Stafford, Kaaya’s prospects in Detroit were bleak and at best he was hoping to secure a backup job. He didn’t even win that battle, but I definitely wouldn’t mind the Jets taking a waiver flier on the rookie out of Miami. He is limited, but what he does do well (quick passing with timing and accuracy) would fit well with what John Morton has shown in his West Coast system so far. At worst, he can’t be much worse than Hackenberg. Time to try to develop a new QB.
DeAngelo Yancey – WR
Many love the size and speed combination of Purdue rookie DeAngelo Yancey. In fact when you compare their measurables, he’s almost a clone of Quincy Enunwa. And what a coincidence, the Jets are recently fresh out of Quincy Enunwas! Yancey would be a good flier to take to see if they could catch wide receiver lightning in a bottle twice.
Cole Hikutini – TE
As I was finishing writing this, the Jets claim of ex-Giants TE Will Tye was made public. He was going to be on this list, so I’ll throw another name I would have liked as well. Hikutini is a rookie out of Louisville who surprisingly went undrafted and was surprisingly cut after impressing in 49ers camp this year. Hikutini has some serious upside, and eventually a team will be repaid for investing in it. Why not us?
Kasen Williams – WR
Kasen Williams did just about everything you could do on the field when you’re trying to crack a 53 man roster in the NFL and still didn’t quite make the cut. The Jets would be wise to make themselves a pipeline for unwanted Seahawks receivers and grab Williams to join Jermaine Kearse in green and white. Heck, a good strategy for the Jets today would be to make themselves a pipeline for unwanted players from all the good teams around the league.
Trevone Boykin – QB
Take your pick between Boykin and Kaaya as a developmental prospect. Boykin has the added appeal of having a year of experience in the NFL backing up Russel Wilson and soaking up the coaching in Seattle.
Jeremy McNichols – RB
A fifth round pick by Tampa Bay this year, many analysts tabbed McNichols to be a very productive runner for the Buccaneers. After an offseason and preseason where he struggled, however, Tampa Bay decided to abandon that hope and released the rookie. If for no other reason than giving them a young running back prospect to make Matt Forte expendable, the Jets should grab McNichols. They are a team with the luxury of time and available snaps to see if the game slows down for him.
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