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For Jets & Idzik, Eight Is Enough


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#1 Maxman

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:10 AM

By Glenn Naughton - Air Force Jet Fan

 

Jets General Manager John Idzik has pared his roster down to the league-required 53 players with the season opener just over a week away.  As with any team, there were a few decisions that were expected, and a few that left some scratching their heads.  When all was said and done, Idzik kept eight of his twelve draft picks from this year’s draft on the active roster.  Of course it’s worth noting that WR Shaq Evans and CB Dexter McDougle are on IR with season-ending injuries and remaining picks could always be brought back to be part of the recently expanded 10-man practice squad. So that means that 10 of the 12 draft picks were not released.

 

A few of the retained picks were kept in favor of some solid veterans as the Jets look to get younger and faster.

 

Here is a quick look at the eight picks who made the cut.

 

S Calvin Pryor-  There was little chance of Pryor not starting from day one.  If there was any at all, that was erased when safety Antonio Allen was shuffled over to the CB position when the Jets were depleted in the secondary due to injury.  In limited playing time due to an early concussion, Pryor has looked the part as a hard-hitting presence with better than advertised coverage skills.

 

TE Jace Amaro-  The second round pick struggled a little bit early on in camp, but he was never in danger of not making the final 53.  The only question about Amaro will be how quickly he adjusts to the pro game and becomes a legitimate contributor.  Look for Amaro to be a threat in the red zone, and to line up in multiple different spots in the Jets’ offense.

 

WR Jalen Saunders-  Saunders was so limited in camp due to seizures that he’s the one player it’s fair to say is on the roster based almost exclusively based on draft position.  The Jets lack of a true punt returner opened the door for Saunders who looked underwhelming in the few chances he had as a returner this pre-season.  Don’t be surprised however, if Saunders finds his way on to the field to be used in the screen game.

 

OG Dakota Dozier- The converted OT from Furman was able to make the final 53 as second year man William Campbell failed to make a strong enough impression on the Jets’ brass to allow them to carry him on the active roster.

 

LB Jeremiah George-  George, a very productive LB in college with 133 tackles in his senior season (83 solo), didn’t make much noise throughout camp.  However, he did play well in the Jets’ pre-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.  A lot of fans expected journeyman A.J. Edds to make the final roster over George, but things didn’t pan out that way.

 

WR Quincy Enunwa-  Of the three WRs the Jets drafted, none did much in game action, but several outlets reported that Enunwa came on strong and looked like the best of the three late in camp.  Even still, close to zero pre-season production had most expecting Enunwa to head for the practice squad.  As it turns out, the Nebraska product finds himself heading in to week 1 on the active roster.

 

DE/OLB Ik Enemkpali-  Arguably the most impressive of the late round picks for the Jets this pre-season, Enemkpali makes the roster and joins one of the top front-sevens in the NFL.  How much time he’ll see on the field remains to be seen, but if he can be close to the player he was in the pre-season, he should find himself getting some shots as a situational pass-rusher at the very least.

 

OLB Trevor Reilly-  Reilly was another rookie who supplanted an established veteran to claim a roster spot.  The Jets waved goodbye to back-up OLB Garrett McIntyre to make room for Reilly.  Reilly is a player whose draft position was hurt by his age (26) but his college production and measurables could have warranted an earlier selection.


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:16 AM

IPK deserved to make it to the team based on his play. But not sure what his injury situation is as he did not practice most of last week.

 

Other than than Saunders, Enunwa, Trevor O'Reilly all deserved PS spots and did not deserve to make the team.

 

So in reality the JETS

5 players for the squad counting IPK.

2 are on IR of which MacDougal looks like he can make significant contributions.

3 should have made the P.S and

2 were released who can still come back an make the PS.


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:21 AM

Well Idzik definitely put his stamp on this team. There is no debating that.


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:22 AM

Well Idzik definitely put his stamp on this team. There is no debating that.


If we can try and be optimistic around here, I feel like this is Seattle about four years ago. Drafting athleticism and speed, and coaching it up. I hope!
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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:24 AM

people have unrealistic expectations- if your top draft picks actually turn into NFL starters down the line you have had success. To think that all your draft choices are going to have big impact  is not realistic for any team.


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:26 AM

Well Idzik definitely put his stamp on this team. There is no debating that.

 

That's true. But you can also put a stamp on a team by getting some players out to the PS squad and keeping the best available talent on the actual team for present game day contributions.


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:32 AM

That's true. But you can also put a stamp on a team by getting some players out to the PS squad and keeping the best available talent on the actual team for present game day contributions.

These teams are smart these days, not many solid young kids sneak thru anymore. If u REALLY like a rook, u keep him and dont expose him to waivers/potential Practice Squad


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:36 AM

These teams are smart these days, not many solid young kids sneak thru anymore. If u REALLY like a rook, u keep him and dont expose him to waivers/potential Practice Squad

 

So then who goes to the PS ?

 

If you cannot get a undersized guy who had seizure a few days back, the guy who didn't play a single snap in pre season then who can you put on the PS ?


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:39 AM

Well Idzik definitely put his stamp on this team. There is no debating that.

 

 

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:56 AM

So then who goes to the PS ?

 

If you cannot get a undersized guy who had seizure a few days back, the guy who didn't play a single snap in pre season then who can you put on the PS ?

if some scouting dept loved hjim b4 drfat they may grab him. .who knwos, ,sneakin guys to PS always risky, ,if u LOVE LOVE someone, u keep him and drop teh Vet. Thats why there is always solid Vets to pick up on last cut day,,teams dont want to risk losing rook with long term potential (but maybe not helpful i n current year) so they keep on roster..


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:59 AM

if some scouting dept loved hjim b4 drfat they may grab him. .who knwos, ,sneakin guys to PS always risky, ,if u LOVE LOVE someone, u keep him and drop teh Vet. Thats why there is always solid Vets to pick up on last cut day,,teams dont want to risk losing rook with long term potential (but maybe not helpful i n current year) so they keep on roster..

 

But remember they have to sign these guys to their actual 53 man squad. How many teams would be willing to sign a guy to their 53 man squad who hasn't had a single pre season snap to his name OR has potential medical issues.


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 11:34 AM

IK Enemkpali is a beast and will be one of of the few steals of this draft class. 


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 11:44 AM

That's true. But you can also put a stamp on a team by getting some players out to the PS squad and keeping the best available talent on the actual team for present game day contributions.

 

No way Saunders makes it to the PS. None. Enunwa was very very good on special teams and has size and ability. Unlikely that he would make it to PS either.O'Reilly might make it, but McIntyre was a JAG and O'Reilly played pretty well. No issue with him being on the roster. So many people equate "better" with right now and not whether he will be better over the next few years. Teams improve by developing talent not holding on to marginal or fading veteran talent. It is why there was ZERO chance of Vick starting outside of injury.


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 11:56 AM

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As expected, #Jets are signing S Rontez Miles to the practice squad.


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 12:01 PM

Agent @davidcanter Tweets that Tevita Finau is signing with the Jets practice squad. #nyj


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 12:15 PM

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CB Leon McFadden has been claimed by the #Jets, per a league source


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 12:16 PM

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QB Matt Simms cleared waivers, I'm told. #nyj


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 12:18 PM

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Simms will sign with Jets practice squad. #nyj


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 01:11 PM

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#Jets will be adding TE Chris Pantale to the practice squad. Had a solid summer.


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 06:29 PM

More than stoked Enunwa made the team, excited to see what this kid can do. Lots of big time players cut their teeth on specials until they earn snaps at WR.
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