Friday, August 31, 2012
New York Jets cut-down analysis
By James Walker
Click here for a complete list of New York Jets roster moves.
Most significant move: There were no real significant cuts with the Jets, in my estimation. New York is a team that has a lot of talented starters but not much depth behind them. So, many of the Jets' cuts were predictable. Maybe cutting rookie sixth-round pick Terrance Ganaway was a mild surprise, but even that might be a bit of a stretch. Ganaway scored the Jets' only preseason touchdown. But the consistency wasn’t there for Ganaway all summer. Yet, it shows something that New York is willing to give up on a young draft pick so quickly and risk losing Ganaway to another team via a waiver claim. If Ganaway makes it through waivers, he is a prime candidate for the Jets' practice squad.
Onward and upward: Including Ganaway, the Jets cut three of their draft picks from this year's class. The list includes late picks Ganaway, Robert Griffin and Jordan White. Often, general managers like to hold on to their draft picks for at least a year, because it's difficult to come in and play well in the NFL right away. Maybe someone from this group will turn out to be a late-round surprise and be claimed by another team. Or maybe the Jets got the right read on three of their draft picks right away. Again, all three are practice-squad candidates.
What’s next: The Jets are similar to other AFC East teams. They are looking for depth at several positions. Look for New York to scan the wires and free agency for running backs, receivers and possibly offensive linemen. This is an offense that scored just one touchdown in four preseason games. The Jets need depth on that side of the football, to say the least.