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Looking into the crystal ball

May, 6, 2010 May 6

By Rich Cimini

The start of the regular season still is five months away, but we like to live dangerously here at ESPN New York, so we're going to project the 53-man roster for opening day. This is hard enough to forecast in training camp, when Jets writers traditionally cough up a few bucks for the annual roster pool, so imagine the degree of difficulty in May.

No matter. We'll give it a shot, but there are two notes at the top: Technically, WR Santonio Holmes won't be on the opening-day roster because he will be serving a four-game suspension, but we're going to include him on our roster. We're also going to include WR Braylon Edwards, who also could get slapped with a one-game ban.

Before we get started, I'd like to throw out a well-worn line from Bill Parcells: "I reserve the right to change my mind." Here goes ...

Quarterbacks (4): Mark Sanchez, Mark Brunell, Erik Ainge, Kevin O'Connell.

I'm gambling here that Brunell (UFA) will sign at some point before camp opens. It may not happen until July 22, when the "Final Four" rules are dropped, but I think he's coming to be Sanchez' backup/mentor. That would seal Kellen Clemens' fate.

Running Backs (3): Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson, Joe McKnight.

No Thomas Jones, no Leon Washington. Wow, what a different look. It's going to be tough for anyone to crack this group, although Chauncey Washington will be in the hunt if he can excel on special teams. McKnight (fourth-round pick) should bring a barf bag to camp -- you know, just in case.

Fullbacks (2): Tony Richardson, John Conner.

This is a great situation. Conner (fifth-round pick) can learn from the classy Richardson, 39, who returns for one last season with the hope of winning a Super Bowl ring. Jason Davis, a 242-pound thumper on last year's practice squad, will be banging on the door.

Wide Receivers (6): Jerricho Cotchery, Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Brad Smith, Laveranues Coles, David Clowney.

This might be the toughest position to forecast, considering the Holmes and Edwards situations. I know the front office is keeping tabs on Coles (FA), so I'm going to give him a roster spot. If Holmes and Edwards are down for opening night, they're going to need a veteran wideout to complement Cotchery and Smith. Problem is, what about Coles' long-term role? He doesn't play special teams, so that would create an issue. Tough call between Clowney and Danny Woodhead; it could go either way.

Tight Ends (3): Dustin Keller, Ben Hartsock, Matt Mulligan.

Mulligan isn't a lock, but he could help himself by nailing down the long-snapping job. Re-signing Hartsock, a terrific run blocker, was one of the most under-rated moves of the offseason.

Offensive Line (8): D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Matt Slauson, Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore, Damien Woody, Vlad Ducasse, Rob Turner, Wayne Hunter.

Obviously, the big story is the left-guard battle between Slauson and Ducasse (second-round pick), fighting for Alan Faneca's old spot. Ordinarily, I'd hand the job to Ducasse, based purely on draft pedigree, but his small-school background is a concern. But make no mistake, it's his job to lose.

Defensive Line (6): Shaun Ellis, Kris Jenkins, Mike DeVito, Sione Pouha, Vernon Gholston, Ropati Pitoitua.

One of these days, I'm going to type "Pitoitua" without having to refer to the roster. But, seriously, the new face here is Gholston, who busted at outside linebacker. Frankly, I don't think this defensive-end thing is going to work out. This is an older group, and depth is a concern, but remember: They have a couple of outside 'backers (Bryan Thomas and Jason Taylor) that can get into a three-point stance. Marques Douglas (UFA) still is out there.

Linebackers (9): David Harris, Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, Bryan Thomas, Jason Taylor, Lance Laury, Jamaal Westerman, Kenwin Cummings, Cory Reamer.

You may have noticed that I didn't include Adalius Thomas (FA). I can definitely see the Jets signing Thomas if he drops his asking price, but it's a numbers game at linebacker and I'm going to lean toward youth over the experienced, but declining Thomas. I'm drinking the Kool-Aid on Reamer.

Secondary (9): Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Jim Leonhard, Brodney Pool, Kyle Wilson, Eric Smith, Dwight Lowery, James Ihedigbo, Drew Coleman.

This is a deep group with a lot of versatility. Wilson (first-round pick) will ease in as the nickel back, covering slot receivers. Pool and Smith will battle for the safety job opposite Leonhard. If they keep a 10th DB, it could be Marquice Cole, a young player with some promise.

Specialists (3): PK Nick Folk, P Steve Weatherford, LS James Dearth.

Yes, Dearth. The Jets are hoping Tanner Purdum wins the job -- I guess they're trying to save a few bucks -- but in the end, I can see the reliable Dearth (UFA) back in the fold. Good long snappers are like a pair of comfortable, old shoes: They might be worn and fading, but you'd rather have them than a new pair for the tough walking. Folk, coming off his Dallas debacle, needs a strong camp -- or else there will be Feely withdrawal.

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Four QB's an six WR's? Hmmm...

I keep hearing about how much they love Ainge and O'Connell, but they have to come to some sort of conclusion with these guys. Either one of them is good enough to be #2, or one of them isn't good enough to make the team. This carrying four QB's is BS.

Can't see the Jets carrying six WR's with Brad Smith as the only one who contributes anything on special teams. The fact that the team was lining Joe McKnight up at WR a little bit in the rookie camp would also suggest to me that they don't have plans to go to six. I'd like to see Clowney gone, Coles left on the street, and maybe Allison getting his shot at WR/KR. Fifth spot could go to another team's late cut.

I think one of Donovan Warren and Brian Jackson has a decent shot to make the team over Coleman or Ihedigbo. Also think Basped has a real shot to make the roster.

But the return of James Dearth is what's gonna bring the title to NY.

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Four QB's an six WR's? Hmmm...

I keep hearing about how much they love Ainge and O'Connell, but they have to come to some sort of conclusion with these guys. Either one of them is good enough to be #2, or one of them isn't good enough to make the team. This carrying four QB's is BS.

Can't see the Jets carrying six WR's with Brad Smith as the only one who contributes anything on special teams. The fact that the team was lining Joe McKnight up at WR a little bit in the rookie camp would also suggest to me that they don't have plans to go to six. I'd like to see Clowney gone, Coles left on the street, and maybe Allison getting his shot at WR/KR. Fifth spot could go to another team's late cut.

I think one of Donovan Warren and Brian Jackson has a decent shot to make the team over Coleman or Ihedigbo. Also think Basped has a real shot to make the roster.

But the return of James Dearth is what's gonna bring the title to NY.

Agree on all counts.

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Four QB's an six WR's? Hmmm...

I keep hearing about how much they love Ainge and O'Connell, but they have to come to some sort of conclusion with these guys. Either one of them is good enough to be #2, or one of them isn't good enough to make the team. This carrying four QB's is BS.

Can't see the Jets carrying six WR's with Brad Smith as the only one who contributes anything on special teams. The fact that the team was lining Joe McKnight up at WR a little bit in the rookie camp would also suggest to me that they don't have plans to go to six. I'd like to see Clowney gone, Coles left on the street, and maybe Allison getting his shot at WR/KR. Fifth spot could go to another team's late cut.

I think one of Donovan Warren and Brian Jackson has a decent shot to make the team over Coleman or Ihedigbo. Also think Basped has a real shot to make the roster.

But the return of James Dearth is what's gonna bring the title to NY.

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Four QB's an six WR's? Hmmm...

I keep hearing about how much they love Ainge and O'Connell, but they have to come to some sort of conclusion with these guys. Either one of them is good enough to be #2, or one of them isn't good enough to make the team. This carrying four QB's is BS.

Can't see the Jets carrying six WR's with Brad Smith as the only one who contributes anything on special teams. The fact that the team was lining Joe McKnight up at WR a little bit in the rookie camp would also suggest to me that they don't have plans to go to six. I'd like to see Clowney gone, Coles left on the street, and maybe Allison getting his shot at WR/KR. Fifth spot could go to another team's late cut.

I think one of Donovan Warren and Brian Jackson has a decent shot to make the team over Coleman or Ihedigbo. Also think Basped has a real shot to make the roster.

But the return of James Dearth is what's gonna bring the title to NY.

I agree on the QBs, not on Clowney. I don't want Brunnell and I don't want 4.

I think Clowney has improved each year and he can be a serous WR. I'd prefer him to Coles. I liked the idea of Allison, but I think he is coming off a serious knee injury. I'm not sure he'll have much to give, but that is why they have camp.

I think Basped has a way better chance than Reamer. Reamer will only make it as a special teamer and I don't see him and Laury making the cut. No reason Basped can't be just as effective on specials - he's certainly a better athlete. Maybe if they need more ILBs, but Cimini has Harris, Scott, Cummings who are dedicated ILBs. I think Reamer and Laury are primary ILBs and Westerman has played ILB. It seems like too many to me.

I agree some other DBs probably will make it, but people will be lost to injury/dinged and that's where I think the other bodies come from. I wouldn't be surprised if Richardson retired. Cumberland the TE seems like a perfect practice squad candidate (raw).

I'd add a DE, be it Douglas or somebody else.

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Why not bring Douglas back. I thought he was one of the more underrated players last year.

that d line is the most scary(in terms of they aren't great) not the good scary, of all of our units. i want to see more of woodhead. coles will be here. just got a feeling. nice job.

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cimini actually did a real good job with this... my "nit picks"

- FB Tony Richardson is done. his play dropped off terrible last year. He's older than dirt. They aren't carrying 2 fullbacks

- sorry LG Slauson isn't starting, if there was even half a chance of that happening they don't need to draft Vlad in round 2. If there is a 'vet early/Vlad late' scenario, Turner or Hunter could start over Slauson, they are better players. Slauson might not make the team, come to think of it. There is no compelling aspect to his game, other than his relationship to Callahan.

- They don't need 4 QBs. pick one of Ainge and Oconnel and send the other to the glue factory.

- DB Marques Cole seems like a safe bet to make the roster, on special teams alone.

- LS Dearth isn't coming back.

- LB Kentwin Cummings' roster spot has to be in jeopardy by now, right? What has he done?

- Don't count out PK Clint St!tsers as a kick off specialist... or he even could win the job outright. Folk can't really kick off. If they can carry 4QBs they can carry 2 kickers.

- they will bring in someone to compete at punter. Not sure who but they aren't gonna just hand the job to Weatherford, are they?

- the team gave Matt Kroul the #93 of marques douglas. For those holding out hope that Marques douglas returns... might be time to become a Matt Kroul fan.

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4 QB's is absurd, nothing in Rex's history says this is likely and I can't imagine a situation where he'd sacrifice the opportunity for more depth in the secondary or the OL to hold onto more projects at that position.

Rex has been a head coach for exactly one season and he carried 4 QBs the entire time.

- They don't need 4 QBs. pick one of Ainge and Oconnel and send the other to the glue factory.

- LB Kentwin Cummings' roster spot has to be in jeopardy by now, right? What has he done?

I agree they cut one, but I think that you can throw Clemens into the mix of guys that should be considered for the glue factory.

Good point. I think Kenwin Cummings was actually cut in both 2009 and 2009 and practice squaddes, then he was brought back as an injury replacement.

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agree they cut one, but I think that you can throw Clemens into the mix of guys that should be considered for the glue factory.

agree i'd like to see Sanchez, Brunnell and probably Ainge. Get rid of Clemmy and Oconnell. they only really need 3 QBs anyway.

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Four QB's an six WR's? Hmmm...

I keep hearing about how much they love Ainge and O'Connell, but they have to come to some sort of conclusion with these guys. Either one of them is good enough to be #2, or one of them isn't good enough to make the team. This carrying four QB's is BS.

Can't see the Jets carrying six WR's with Brad Smith as the only one who contributes anything on special teams. The fact that the team was lining Joe McKnight up at WR a little bit in the rookie camp would also suggest to me that they don't have plans to go to six. I'd like to see Clowney gone, Coles left on the street, and maybe Allison getting his shot at WR/KR. Fifth spot could go to another team's late cut.

I think one of Donovan Warren and Brian Jackson has a decent shot to make the team over Coleman or Ihedigbo. Also think Basped has a real shot to make the roster.

But the return of James Dearth is what's gonna bring the title to NY.

+1 Well said.

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cimini actually did a real good job with this... my "nit picks"

- FB Tony Richardson is done. his play dropped off terrible last year. He's older than dirt. They aren't carrying 2 fullbacks

You keep saying that but besides me disagreeing with you on Richardson's play, saying that the Jets will cut him makes no sense.

He was an UFA. The Jets were hamstrung by the Final 4 Rule to sign free agents. They let Feely go so they could sign Taylor.

Dearth and Douglas are still out there. The Jets could have used Richardson's salary to sign another player (Brunnell anyone?).

But, no, the re-signed Richardson and if they cut him they get Zero benefit of signing someone else.

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Four QB's an six WR's? Hmmm...

I keep hearing about how much they love Ainge and O'Connell, but they have to come to some sort of conclusion with these guys. Either one of them is good enough to be #2, or one of them isn't good enough to make the team. This carrying four QB's is BS.

Can't see the Jets carrying six WR's with Brad Smith as the only one who contributes anything on special teams. The fact that the team was lining Joe McKnight up at WR a little bit in the rookie camp would also suggest to me that they don't have plans to go to six. I'd like to see Clowney gone, Coles left on the street, and maybe Allison getting his shot at WR/KR. Fifth spot could go to another team's late cut.

I think one of Donovan Warren and Brian Jackson has a decent shot to make the team over Coleman or Ihedigbo. Also think Basped has a real shot to make the roster.

But the return of James Dearth is what's gonna bring the title to NY.

This post is full of win. Sums up my thoughts as well, particularly the point on UDFA's. Also think the Reamer stuff is a little too much right now also, he's probably more of a PS guy in my opinion but who knows maybe I'm wrong. Just not sure how much he'll bring to the active roster or how much ST potential he has compared to a guy like Basped (who I like a lot to make the team).

Bitonti's post was really nice as well, brought some stuff I didn't know i.e. Kroul has the 93 Douglas used to rock (wonder if he makes the team too, I think I've heard some good comments by Ryan about him in pressers but maybe I'm thinking of something else) and Folk can't kick off. SMC's rebuttal on T-Rich is a really nice point though.

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I agree that four QBs is too many, especially since the Jets usually have one on the practice squad.

Tony Richardson isn't as good as he was just two years ago. Age hits athletes all of the sudden, I think Richardson has to go. John Connor isn't a slow RB being converted to FB, so he doesn't really need a mentor. Cut Richardson.

Even if Slauson outplays Ducasse I believe Rex will start Ducasse to get him ready for the playoffs and the future in general. I'm saying this because that seems to be why he started Sanchez last year.

Aundrae Allison is more valueable than Clowney because he's just as fast and can play special teams. Cut the Clown.

Cut Laury, he's old enough for people to see he'll never amount to anything. And for a special teams ace he sure blew a lot of plays in kick coverage.

Keep Woodhead. Everyone is down on him, give him some carries in regular season games and then decide.

I read somewhere Mulligan didn't play football in high school. Maybe he's a diamond in the rough.

Since two of our LBs played DE in the pros this hypothetical roster isn't really as light at DL as it looks.

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You keep saying that but besides me disagreeing with you on Richardson's play, saying that the Jets will cut him makes no sense.

He was an UFA. The Jets were hamstrung by the Final 4 Rule to sign free agents. They let Feely go so they could sign Taylor.

Dearth and Douglas are still out there. The Jets could have used Richardson's salary to sign another player (Brunnell anyone?).

But, no, the re-signed Richardson and if they cut him they get Zero benefit of signing someone else.

I'm pretty sure Richardson was contemplating retirement. I don't think he was ever signing anywhere else. The Jets took him back as a hedge so they didn't have any holes. I don't think he'll necessarily be cut, but I'm not so sure they'll want to carry 2 FBs either.

I agree that four QBs is too many, especially since the Jets usually have one on the practice squad.

Tony Richardson isn't as good as he was just two years ago. Age hits athletes all of the sudden, I think Richardson has to go. John Connor isn't a slow RB being converted to FB, so he doesn't really need a mentor. Cut Richardson.

Even if Slauson outplays Ducasse I believe Rex will start Ducasse to get him ready for the playoffs and the future in general. I'm saying this because that seems to be why he started Sanchez last year.

Aundrae Allison is more valueable than Clowney because he's just as fast and can play special teams. Cut the Clown.

Cut Laury, he's old enough for people to see he'll never amount to anything. And for a special teams ace he sure blew a lot of plays in kick coverage.

Keep Woodhead. Everyone is down on him, give him some carries in regular season games and then decide.

I read somewhere Mulligan didn't play football in high school. Maybe he's a diamond in the rough.

Since two of our LBs played DE in the pros this hypothetical roster isn't really as light at DL as it looks.

As I said before Allison was hurt bad, I read somewhere full reconstruction. I don't know what he can do and I don't see why people think Clowney isn't going to keep improving. OTOH, I don't see Clowney as a must keep. I just think he'll play his way on the team.

As far as DE goes, they have Taylor, Pace and Thomas who have all done it at the NFL level, plus Westerman and others that have done it in college.

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I'm pretty sure Richardson was contemplating retirement. I don't think he was ever signing anywhere else. The Jets took him back as a hedge so they didn't have any holes. I don't think he'll necessarily be cut, but I'm not so sure they'll want to carry 2 FBs either.

As I said before Allison was hurt bad, I read somewhere full reconstruction. I don't know what he can do and I don't see why people think Clowney isn't going to keep improving. OTOH, I don't see Clowney as a must keep. I just think he'll play his way on the team.

As far as DE goes, they have Taylor, Pace and Thomas who have all done it at the NFL level, plus Westerman and others that have done it in college.

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cimini actually did a real good job with this... my "nit picks"

- FB Tony Richardson is done. his play dropped off terrible last year. He's older than dirt. They aren't carrying 2 fullbacks

- sorry LG Slauson isn't starting, if there was even half a chance of that happening they don't need to draft Vlad in round 2. If there is a 'vet early/Vlad late' scenario, Turner or Hunter could start over Slauson, they are better players. Slauson might not make the team, come to think of it. There is no compelling aspect to his game, other than his relationship to Callahan.

- They don't need 4 QBs. pick one of Ainge and Oconnel and send the other to the glue factory.

- DB Marques Cole seems like a safe bet to make the roster, on special teams alone.

- LS Dearth isn't coming back.

- LB Kentwin Cummings' roster spot has to be in jeopardy by now, right? What has he done?

- Don't count out PK Clint St!tsers as a kick off specialist... or he even could win the job outright. Folk can't really kick off. If they can carry 4QBs they can carry 2 kickers.

- they will bring in someone to compete at punter. Not sure who but they aren't gonna just hand the job to Weatherford, are they?

- the team gave Matt Kroul the #93 of marques douglas. For those holding out hope that Marques douglas returns... might be time to become a Matt Kroul fan.

you think they afraid to let clemens go because some AFC East team will pick him up and use for intelligence on 2 games a year?

isnt that y Miami been so successful against the Jets lately? it has to be since they suck otherwise

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I agree on the QBs, not on Clowney. I don't want Brunnell and I don't want 4.

I think Clowney has improved each year and he can be a serous WR. I'd prefer him to Coles. I liked the idea of Allison, but I think he is coming off a serious knee injury. I'm not sure he'll have much to give, but that is why they have camp.

I think Basped has a way better chance than Reamer. Reamer will only make it as a special teamer and I don't see him and Laury making the cut. No reason Basped can't be just as effective on specials - he's certainly a better athlete. Maybe if they need more ILBs, but Cimini has Harris, Scott, Cummings who are dedicated ILBs. I think Reamer and Laury are primary ILBs and Westerman has played ILB. It seems like too many to me.

I agree some other DBs probably will make it, but people will be lost to injury/dinged and that's where I think the other bodies come from. I wouldn't be surprised if Richardson retired. Cumberland the TE seems like a perfect practice squad candidate (raw).

I'd add a DE, be it Douglas or somebody else.

I think they signed Laury to appease Westoff, who was left without enough talent on ST last year. He is supposed to be a ST ace.

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I think they signed Laury to appease Westoff, who was left without enough talent on ST last year. He is supposed to be a ST ace.

Agreed, especially in light of the fact that they let Wallace Wright walk and dumped Izzo. I'm just thinking that Reamer isn't likely to be ready to help out on D yet because he's still pretty undersized. I have a feeling he'll be a nice story that doesn't pan out, or sticks around in case of injury. I can't see Reamer, Laury and Cummings all making the team. Seems duplicative, which was why I didn't love having Smith and Wright.

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As I said before Allison was hurt bad, I read somewhere full reconstruction. I don't know what he can do and I don't see why people think Clowney isn't going to keep improving. OTOH, I don't see Clowney as a must keep. I just think he'll play his way on the team.

Clowney's nothing without Ratliff throwing him the ball. ;)

Seriously though, Clowney seemed to be holding a roster spot as a lone downfield threat. Since making the team last summer, the Jets have added Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. They don't need that homerun hitter anymore.

Other uses for his roster spot:



  1. I'd like to see Allison get a shot as a return man/WR. If he's toast due to his injury, so be it.

  2. This Larry Taylor kid from Canada could emerge as a return specialist.

  3. Maybe this Jeff Cumberland WR to TE project could be a useful redzone thread/backup receiving TE.

  4. A promising prospect dumped by a receiver-rich team.

Of course, then David Clowney will grow up to be Terrance Mathis - but I just don't see much of a use for him here.

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I'm pretty sure Richardson was contemplating retirement. I don't think he was ever signing anywhere else. The Jets took him back as a hedge so they didn't have any holes. I don't think he'll necessarily be cut, but I'm not so sure they'll want to carry 2 FBs either.

Then why sign him now? They have Davis on the roster. Signing TRich to "hedge" their bets doesn't make sense. If it did the Jets would have already re-signed Douglas.

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you think they afraid to let clemens go because some AFC East team will pick him up and use for intelligence on 2 games a year?

isnt that y Miami been so successful against the Jets lately? it has to be since they suck otherwise

ted ginn jr scored 18 points essentially by himself.. in 2 divisional games, i will take a player "sucking" like that every year.

Miami actually has an extremely underrated offensive line and a great running game. With Brown and Williams behind Jake Long they ran the crap out of the ball. I have respect for Miami as a team, they are kinda like the Jets and play people tough. When they are playing teams outside of the conference they usually compete.

it's not Chad's knowledge of Schotty's system that is the key.

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[*]This Larry Taylor kid from Canada could emerge as a return specialist.

this is a great point... i forgot him in my nit-picks above but Larry Taylor as return specialist for Clowney or Allison's roster spot seems possible. The Jets have been trying to get better on Specials with these under radar signings

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4 QB's is absurd, nothing in Rex's history says this is likely and I can't imagine a situation where he'd sacrifice the opportunity for more depth in the secondary or the OL to hold onto more projects at that position.

I hate the 4 QB idea as well, but this is two years in a row the Jets have carried 4 and I dont think its a crazy leap to think we carry 4 again this year. I think it really hurts our depth and we could have used the help at other spots these last two years.

Im also surprised he sees Clowney over Aundrae Allison. He has return skills and is probably a better 1 week replacement than the Clown. I also think hes a bit nuts on Dearth coming back. I dont think Rex was happy with him at all and some of the kicking problems probably were attributed to him.

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On first glance, the biggest problem I have with this is keeping 4 QBs.

I agree we need a veteran, but keeping both O'Connell and Ainge at this point seems silly. I'd rather see us give that roster spot to a 4th all-purpose RB (Chauncey Washington) who can take carries in mop-up duty to keep LT and Greene off the field... or one of the UDFA defensive players Rex has brought in.

I'm also not feeling the addition of Coles. I do think we'll come in with 6 WRs, but Coles won't be one of them. Its going to be Cotch, Holmes, Edwards, Brad Smith, and 2 out of: Clowney, Britt Davis and Marcus Henry. It all depends on who plays special teams best.

I truly hope Gholston works out well at DE. I'd hate to see him fail there, and that roster spot be wasted on him... when we could have just brought back Marques Douglas, who may not be a stud, but at least you konw what you are getting with him.

All-in-all, we've got a pretty deep team... if you consider that we are going to have to cut guys like Kellen Clemens and Dwight Lowery, not bad.

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After watching him at the end of last season, I wish we'd have kept Feely on as our Punter at least. The guy did nothing but drop kicks in the coffin-corner. Of course he probably can't punt more than 40 yards in the air, but still... :)

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Clowney's nothing without Ratliff throwing him the ball. ;)

Seriously though, Clowney seemed to be holding a roster spot as a lone downfield threat. Since making the team last summer, the Jets have added Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. They don't need that homerun hitter anymore.

Other uses for his roster spot:



  1. I'd like to see Allison get a shot as a return man/WR. If he's toast due to his injury, so be it.

  2. This Larry Taylor kid from Canada could emerge as a return specialist.

  3. Maybe this Jeff Cumberland WR to TE project could be a useful redzone thread/backup receiving TE.

  4. A promising prospect dumped by a receiver-rich team.

Of course, then David Clowney will grow up to be Terrance Mathis - but I just don't see much of a use for him here.

We disagree on Clowney's ability, which is fine. I've posted Miles Austin's stats prior to last year and he did nothing better yet people wanted to give up a 2nd for him. Not every WR that has improving but ****ty stats for 2-3 years breaks out, but that's when it usually happens. I agree Clowney shouldn't be handed anything and I think all the guys you mentioned should have a shot. Let the best player win. As for Taylor, I'm interested to see him, but the team also added Wilson and McKnight as returners. Those guys are not every down players and have roster spots. That lessens the need for another returner, especially a dedicated return man.

I think Cumberland will end up on PS. He is a project. He's been playing WR more than TE and is a noted inconsistent body catcher. The physical ability is there, so I doubt they'll let him completely walk.

Then why sign him now? They have Davis on the roster. Signing TRich to "hedge" their bets doesn't make sense. If it did the Jets would have already re-signed Douglas.

They didn't sign him now. They signed him over a month ago. I doubt they planned on drafting a FB and I doubt they like Davis quite as much as everybody thinks. Richardson said he was going to retire or play for the Jets. He decided not to retire and signed his usual 1 year deal within a week. He wasn't going to sign anywhere else so he wasn't going to give us any final 8 relief.

Im also surprised he sees Clowney over Aundrae Allison. He has return skills and is probably a better 1 week replacement than the Clown. I also think hes a bit nuts on Dearth coming back. I dont think Rex was happy with him at all and some of the kicking problems probably were attributed to him.

I don't know that he saw Clowney over Allison. As I've been repeating ad nauseum Allison was hurt badly in the last preseason game or he might have made the squad. Maybe even at Clowney's expense. We don't know what he'll be like coming back (Wes Welker).

Agree on Dearth. I hope the replacement is capable. I remember the Giants losing a playoff game because of ****ty long snapping.

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