The New York Jets were said to be active with waiver claims and they didn’t disappoint. They were tied for the second most waiver claims with four. Joe Douglas has taken an active approach into trying to reshape the holes on the roster left by the old regime.
Braxton Berrios, Wide Receiver
Berrios was cut by the Patriots this weekend after being drafted by them in the sixth round in 2018. He was looked at as being the next prototypical white Patriots slot receiver but never really developed into more than just a depth guy. He only had three receptions for 45 yards in the preseason but did compile 679 yards and nine touchdowns as a receiver during his senior year at Miami. He can also serve on special teams.
I don’t see Berrios making much of an impact on offense but getting a guy who’s been in the Patriots system doesn’t heard. He will likely fill the role of Charone Peake on special teams after he was cut.
John Franklin, Defensive End
In an attempt to try and bolster the Jets pass rush, the team also signed John Franklin. Franklin was taken by the Rams in the fourth round of the 2018 draft and was supposed to be the apparent backup to DE Michael Brockers. He played 200 snaps as a rookie last season (played in 16 games) compiling two sacks, including a strip sack of Tom Brady in the Super Bowl, and two forced fumbles. He was named as the Rams’ team Rookie of the Year last season as well.
By no means does Franklin solve the Jets pass rushing issues but any swing helps. Him getting a sack in the Super Bowl is pretty big for a rookie and getting a young a guy who has done it on the biggest stage for depth isn’t a bad idea.
Bennett Jackson, Defensive Back
Jackson has been in the league since 2015 but has yet to make a 53 man roster or play in a regular season game. He was drafted by the Giants in the sixth round of the 2015 Draft but tore his ACL in the second preseason game of 2015. His teammates rave about his work ethic and his versatility on the field. The Jets have a well documented lack of depth in the secondary and while Jackson hasn’t played an NFL down yet, his time in the league might be beneficial for some of the younger guys.
Kaare Vedvik, Kicker
The Jets were initially trying to trade for Vedvik earlier in the summer but the Vikings ended up trading a fifth (!) round pick to the Ravens for him. Fast forward to this weekend and the Vikings cut Vedvik after only going 1-4 this preseason. Taylor Bertolet isn’t the long term answer for this team and I don’t think Vedvik will ultimately beat him out but it is good to explore all options at that position considering how shaky it has been for the team. What’s Carli Lloyd up to?