Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Vernon Gholston simply wasn't good enough to wear a uniform.
That's how New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini explained his decision to scratch the rookie outside linebacker from Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. Gholston, the sixth overall selection in April's draft, has been a letdown.
Gholston signed a contract that will pay him $21 million in guarantees, but he has been invisible on the field while he tries to figure out the transition from defensive end, where he excelled at Ohio State.
"That's the way it is," Magini said Monday. "We're going to take the best people to help you win that game, whether your contact is 20 million, 50 million, 100 million or whether you're drafted 1, 10 or 1,000.
"We have to play, and we have to win. If you're one of those people that are on the 45 [on the active game-day roster], we expect you to contribute. If you're not, we expect you to come back the next week and make the case for yourself."
Gholston has the second-fewest tackles out of the 23 Jets who have recorded a tackle. He has one solo tackle, four assists and zero sacks.
"A lot of combinations of guys have been inactive," Mangini said. "What I expect Vernon to do is to come back this week and work that much harder and make a case for himself on [special] teams and on defense.
But Trusnik played Division III college football and wasn't drafted. Coleman was a sixth-round pick. Barrett has been a backup for much of his nine NFL seasons.
Gholston was one of only six players invited to Radio City Music Hall to be present for the draft.
Now he's being compared to a reserve linebacker with injury problems from Ohio Northern University.