New York Jets Try to Do Damage Control, Adjusting Roster as Much as They Can
Where do the New York Jets go from here?
Quite frankly, it’s hard to say. Usually, teams do not get better after they lose their top playmakers on both sides of the ball in consecutive weeks.
However, with 12 games left in the 2012 NFL season, packing up and going home isn’t exactly an option.
The most significant move the Jets made was the addition of free agent cornerback, Aaron Berry, a move that finally enables the Joe McKnight saga to reach a definitive conclusion.
If you recall, the 24-year-old McKnight (above) was drafted as a running back, became a Pro Bowl-caliber special teams ace, then appeared to be moving to primarily cornerback in the wake of the Darrelle Revis injury.
Now, with the addition of Berry, McKnight will be moved back to running back full-time. He will continue his special teams duties, and it’s possible that the Jets will look for a spark and increase his workload on offense as well.
As far as replacing the injured Santonio Holmes, who was diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury in his foot, the Jets signed 27-year-old free agent receiver Jason Hill to take his spot on the 53-man active roster.
Another wide receiver, Jets’ 2012 seventh-round pick Jordan White, was signed to the practice squad as well, taking the place of cornerback Donnie Fletcher, who was waived.
Lastly, with fullback John Conner banged up, the Jets signed free agent fullback Lex Hilliard to their active roster, waiving wide receiver Patrick Turner in the process.
It may be nothing more than proverbially rearranging deck chairs on the Titantic, but it’s all the Jets can do under the circumstances.