Today, the New York Jets had to make some tough roster cut decisions. Among the seven players who were cut was CB Ras-I Dowling. Now, I’m sure most Jets fans don’t know who Dowling is, and it is quite arguable that he hasn’t done much to make a name for himself so far this preseason. But with such a weak group, should the Jets be making their secondary pool shallower?
With Dowling cut, the Jets now only have eight CBs to nurture. I understand that teams should look for quality over quantity, but the Jets’ situation is different. So far this preseason, they have lost strong rookie CB Dexter McDougle for the season to an ACL injury, second year veteran CB Dee Milliner for at least three games to an ankle sprain, and nine-year veteran CB Dimitri Patterson for God knows how long to various leg injuries. Clearly, the Jets can’t stand to lose many more CBs. I think the Jets should keep as many CBs as they can on the roster in order to give the players time to develop, learn the playbook, and show what they’ve got. Also, if any more CBs suffer injuries, the Jets will want to have many backups on hand.
After the Jets’ third preseason game against the New York Giants on Friday night, which was supposed to be a “dress rehearsal” for regular season action, it’s pretty evident that the Jets’ secondary isn’t ready for the spotlight just yet. If they can’t pick up some solid free agent CBs before the first game of the season, the team will be wishing that they hadn’t cut any of the CBs they had, no matter how weak they are.