5 New York Jets Who Will Not Make the 53 -Man Roster
5 New York Jets Who Will Not Make the 53-Man Roster
While certain NFL players like Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning are locks to be on their rosters, there are others who are simply fighting for a job. These individuals have tried during preseason games to earn a spot. A number of factors can prevent them from landing an opportunity at playing time.
Injuries are capable of derailing one’s quest at living one's professional dreams .There are also battles when it comes to positions that are crowded. The New York Jets currently have several positions where there are too many players. Offensive shortcomings continue to dominate the discussion of this team. Their running game shows promise, but must rise to the challenge. Players like Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley are considered definite members of New York’s 2013 roster. There are also several tight ends also seems ready to contribute.
Others may bring some help, but the competition will be fierce. Despite weaknesses in the pass rush during previous years, there now seems to be plentiful depth at the position. If they live up to their potential, Gang Green’s defensive line will be full of exciting players. Urgency placed on head coach Rex Ryan creates added importance when it comes to getting these decisions right. Young, undrafted free agents have been engaged in intense competition for jobs. Whether any of them could help remains to be seen. New general manager John Idzik's strategy is to build his core around low-cost veterans and draft picks. As the preseason winds down, here are five Jets who will not be around on Week 1.
5. Mohamed Massaquoi
Although Mohamed Massaquoi is recently signed, he faces long odds. After underachieving during his first four years, Massaquoi is trying to revive his career. He brings experience, but is going against targets like Ryan Spadola and Zach Rogers. As undrafted prospects, these two have impressed this preseason. Ben Obomanu has history with Idzik, which helps his cause.
4. Mossis Madu
Here is another ignored player during 2013’s Draft. Mossis Madu could add to some team, but the Jets simply have too many ball carriers for him to stick. Bilal Powll and Chris Ivory combine to form a formidable tandem. Mike Goodson brings valuable speed, but must serve a four-game suspension. I expect these three as a focal point of their run game when together.
3. Greg McElroy
Here is a tough call on the third-string quarterback situation. Matt Simms played well Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Nothing against him, but this was against backups, so no one knows how he would perform as starter if necessary. Mark Sanchez is injured and may miss some significant playing time. Rookie Geno Smith may not be ready, but could be thrown into action in Week 1.
Recent addition Graham Harrell was thought by some to have a legitimate chance. For the purposes of this discussion, the recent performance of Phil Simms’ son allows him to stick around. Harrell also likely goes unless they decide to carry four quarterbacks.
2. Chris Pantale
Again, an undrafted free agent tries to carve out a roster spot. Unfortunately for Chris Pantale, Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Winslow represent superior options. In this projection, Konrad Reuland also fends him off due to experience.
1. Lerger Douzable
This journeyman continues his push to make the Jets at defensive tackle. Standing at 6-foot-4, 284 pounds, Leger Douzable possesses solid size. His issue is competition. Starter Kenrick Ellis needs to stay healthy in 2013, but I feel that he brings tremendous run-stuffing ability, and consistency is the only thing missing. Finau Tevita also faces being cut, and both players could be shown the door.