No time for non-football updates, on what has been a suprisingly active Sunday for the Jets:
1. The Jets have acquired former New England backup quarterback Kevin O’Connell from the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed draft pick (likely a conditional 6th or 7throunder). Regardless, both Dave Hutchinson and Rich Ciminihave confirmed that Kellen Clemens isn’t going anywhere and will remain the #2 quarterback for now. Why did the Jets make this move? Apparently the front office has always been high on O’Connell and wanted to jump at the chance to get him on the roster. Kellen Clemens is going to be gone after this season and they want somebody to battle it out with Erik Ainge for the #2 spot behind Mark Sanchez in 2010. In terms of this season, the Jets won’t carry four quarterbacks on their active roster, as Hutchinson smartly points out expect either Ainge or O’Connell to pick up a phantom injury and end up on injured reserve for 2009.
2. The Jets have also been working the waiver wire, today they acquired punter AJ Trapasso from the Tennessee Titans. Bye, Bye Reggie Hodges. Trapasso executed a fake punt for touchdown in the Hall of Fame Game this season and also boomed one off the Cowboys new scoreboard. They also picked up tight end Matthew Mulligan from the Titans, who is regarded primarily as a blocking tight end. He is a second year player from Maine, who is 6’5 270 pounds. In the pre-season he recorded 3 catches for 40 yards and a touchdown. Finally, they picked up fullback Jason Davis, who is a fourth year player that has primarily been with the Chicago Bears. Last year in Chicago, he started three games, had a rushing attempt and a reception for 12 yards.
3. Since the Jets have now added four players (O’Connell, Trapasso, Mulligan, Davis) they released running back Danny Woodhead, tackle Michael Kracalik, punter Reggie Hodges, and linebacker Brandon Renkart.
- Mark Sanchez – Let’s translate strong pre-season into strong regular season.
- Kellen Clemens – Some concerns about an injured elbow, but remains backup for now. Gone in 2010.
- Erik Ainge – Great pre-season, could be eventual #2.
- Kevin O’Connell – There are some rumors the Jets may trade him to Denver now, but if he stays put expect him or Ainge to end up on the IR and then both compete in 2010 for the #2 spot.
- Thomas Jones – Could be last year in Green and White.
- Leon Washington – Hope a new contract gets done soon.
- Shonn Grenne – Don’t know if he can contribute early because of injury plagued pre-season.
- Tony Richardson – Solid veteran.
- Jason Davis – Starting experience. I guess the Jets weren’t sold on Jehuu Caulcrick.
- Jerricho Cotchery – First year as an unquestioned #1 receiver.
- Chansi Stuckey – Top of the committee approach to the #2 spot.
- David Clowney – Another monster pre-season.
- Brad Smith – Quiet pre-season.
- Wallace Wright – Special teams ace.
- Dustin Keller – Potential for a monster season.
- Ben Hartsock – Doesn’t know the offense but is the #2.
- Matthew Mulligan – Doesn’t know the offense but is the #3.
- James Dearth – Long Snapper.
- D’Brickashaw Ferguson – Hopefully can take game to next level in ’09.
- Damien Woody – Seems fully recovered from pre-season concussion.
- Wayne Hunter – Also has value as backup tight end.
- Alan Faneca – Stay healthy.
- Brandon Moore – Got a well deserved new contract, hopefully he maintains level of play.
- Robert Turner – Also the backup center.
- Matt Slauson – Draft pick, means he gets more time to develop,
- Nick Mangold – One of the best in the business.
- Shaun Ellis – Will be back in week 2.
- Marques Douglas – Should be good replacement for Kenyon Coleman.
- Mike DeVito – Should start week one for Ellis.
- Ropati Pitoitua – Strong pre-season earned him roster spot.
- Kris Jenkins – Straight beast when healthy.
- Howard Green- Great pre-season.
- Sione Pouha- Might not play much but provides decent depth.
- Bart Scott – Still love watching him rip that ball out of Brandon Jacobs hands.
- David Harris – Two words in this defense: Pro Bowl.
- Calvin Pace – Back in week four.
- Bryan Thomas – Had a quiet but strong pre-season.
- Vernon Gholston – Showed a pulse the past couple of pre-season games.
- Marques Murrell- Good special teams/depth player. Could see some defensive action in weeks 1-4.
- Jamaal Westerman – I think he probably hopped Murrell on the depth chart. Could be Jets top backup in weeks 1-4 at linebacker.
- Jason Trunsik – Quiet pre-season. Might be released when Pace or Ellis returns.
- Larry Izzo- Earned spot on reputation. Could still be cut when Pace/Ellis return.
- Darrelle Revis – Lock Down
- Lito Sheppard – Real worried about him.
- Dwight Lowery – Finished pre-season strong.
- Donald Strickland – Quietly will be a good addition for the Jets on defense.
- Ahmad Carroll – Special teams ace.
- Drew Coleman – Could be gone soon.
- Marquis Cole – Either him or Coleman could be gone in week 2 or 5. Seven corners is a bit excessive.
- Kerry Rhodes – Should have a big year.
- Jim Leonhard – First time beginning season as a starter.
- Eric Smith – Good depth/special teams player.
- James Ihedigbo- Good depth/special teams player.
- Jay Feely – Quality kicker.
- AJ Trapasso – Bye Reggie Hodges.
To recap, strong candidates to be cut after the return of Ellis and Pace are: Larry Izzo, Drew Coleman, Marquis Cole, Jason Trusnik.
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