New York Jets Walking Papers – Offense

Joe Caporoso looks at members of the New York Jets offense who could be given their walking papers

It is no secret that each off-season brings roster turnover, not just in terms of new additions but in terms who will be given their walking papers. Let’s look at what notable members of the New York Jets offense are unlikely to be back in 2016…

TE – Jeff Cumberland: He played 257 snaps on offense (5 receptions, 77 yards), with his playing time decreasing as the season went on. Cumberland also added 269 special teams snaps, where he didn’t do much of anything to contribute to the Jets consistently awful units. Cumberland is a receiving tight end who can’t catch or get open and the Jets save nearly 2 million dollars by releasing him so…

TE – Kellen Davis: He played 435 snaps on offense (3 receptions, 18 yards), with his most memorable one being failing to turn around on a potential game winning catch against Buffalo. He also added 145 special teams snaps to the Jets consistently awful units. Davis is a blocking tight end who can’t block and is a free agent so…

WR – Jeremy Kerley: Kerley was phased out of the offense (223 offensive snaps, 16 catches, 152 yards) after Eric Decker became the slot receiver. He does have the ability to play on the outside but the Jets need their outside receivers to have vertical speed to clear space underneath for Brandon Marshall and Decker, leaving him not an ideal fit there either. Kerley was also a consistently average to below average punt returner. Without a role on the offense and the Jets being able to save over one million by releasing him, the writing is on the wall.

RT – Breno Giacomini: The Jets could save nearly 4 million dollars by releasing their ineffective right tackle, which is likely to happen with offensive line being a priority in both free agency and the NFL Draft. The three listed before Giacomini are slam dunks not to be back. I wouldn’t say the same for Giacomini but it would be a logical move for the Jets to upgrade here.

RB – Stevan Ridley: 36 carries for 90 yards. 4 catches for -2 yards. Showed no burst or consistency. There is no reason for the Jets to bring back this soon to be free agent as they look to revamp their running back position.

RB – Chris Ivory: I’d put this at about 50/50. It depends how much he ends up demanding on the open market and if they think it is feasible to bring back both him and Bilal Powell.

OG – Willie Colon – It is probably time for Colon to hang them up and if he doesn’t, it is time for the Jets to get younger at guard. It is hard to see them giving him a new contract.

RB – Bilal Powell – Gut feeling is that he is more likely to come back than Ivory.

TE Zach Sudfeld/WR Kenbrell Thompkins/OT Ben Ijalana – Veteran minimum players who all have a decent chance of coming back to compete in training camp.

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports