Saturday, September 5, 2009
New York Jets: Cutdown analysis
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Biggest surprise: A mild surprise at best, the Jets retained running back Danny Woodhead and opted to keep only one fullback, Tony Richardson.
Jets coach Rex Ryan, when talking about that decision on a conference call Saturday afternoon, reminded reporters the backfield depth chart could change. Then Ryan added about Woodhead "clearly earned that spot. He works every single day. He practices as hard as he can every single day."
Woodhead was the preseason darling. The 5-foot-7 back from Chadron State ran 18 times for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the finale.
No-brainers: The Jets had to place defensive end Shaun Ellis and outside linebacker Calvin Pace on the suspended list. Ellis will miss the season opener because of a marijuana arrest, while Pace will be out the first four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. They do not count as part of the 53-man roster until they're activated.
What's next: The Jets continue to search for a consistent punter and more help at tight end.
The Jets kept punter Reggie Hodges, but Ryan clearly isn't satisfied at that position. He said it's "Reggie against the field" of free agents out there.
"Right now he's our punter," Ryan said. "Does that mean he's going to be our punter for the whole season? I'm not sure.
"Punter's an area where I think we need to get better, quite honestly. If Reggie's going to be punting, he has to punt better."
The Jets cut three tight ends Saturday, leaving them with Dustin Keller and Ben Hartsock, who they signed Thursday.