AFC East: Antonio Garay

The New York Jets announced their final cuts, paring the roster to 53. Keep in mind, this doesn't mean the roster is final. There will be moving parts as the weekend continues. The 22 cuts:

QB — Greg McElroy (with an injury).

RB — Mossis Madu (with an injury).

WR — Michael Campbell, Mohamed Massaquoi, Ben Obomanu, Zach Rogers.

TE — Chris Pantale.

OL — Erik Cook, J.B. Shugarts, Jason Smith.

DL — Junior Aumavae, Lanier Coleman, Tevita Finau, Antonio Garay.

LB — Troy Davis, JoJo Dickson, Jacquies Smith.

DB — Royce Adams, Mike Edwards, Rontez Miles.

K -- Dan Carpenter.

Running back Mike Goodson was moved to the reserve/suspended list and thus will not count against the 53-man roster limit, the Jets noted in a press release.
Veteran defensive tackle Antonio Garay, projected as a backup to nose tackle Kenrick Ellis, was released Friday as the New York Jets began to cut their roster, a source confirmed.

Garay started Thursday night and played 41 defensive snaps, third-most among the linemen. It's never a good sign when a veteran plays that much in the final preseason game. Evidently, the Jets deemed him expendable because of the emergence of second-year nose tackle Damon Harrison, who seized his opportunity with Ellis sidelined by a back injury.

Garay, 33, a New Jersey native who wanted to finish his career with the Jets, signed a one-year, $905,000 contract as a free agent. It included a $65,000 signing bonus.

The defensive-line depth chart looks like this:

Ends: Muhammad Wilkerson, Junior Aumavae.

Tackles: Ellis, Sheldon Richardson, Harrison, Leger Douzable, Tevita Finau, Lanier Coleman.

The Garay release was earlier reported by

Are 32 players better than Tom Brady?

May, 9, 2011
While I stepped away from the AFC East blog for a week, Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus released a series of articles in which he rated the 101 best players from last season.

The list generated murmurs about Elsayed's sanity because he listed New England Patriots quarterback and reigning (unanimous) MVP Tom Brady at No. 33.

Although grading players off television isn't the same as grading coaches' game film, and grades are only as good as the evaluators and the consistency of their systems, Pro Football Focus at least puts in the time to scrutinize every play from every game in myriad ways.

Elsayed has a basis for his opinion beyond pulling names out of the air, which many readers will assume he did.

Bart Scott, not considered the best inside linebacker on the New York Jets roster, was No. 29.

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams was rated third behind only Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith and way ahead of superstars such as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson.

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis isn't on the list anywhere.

The list is, to be diplomatic, interesting.

The AFC East representatives who did make the list:
  • 3. Kyle Williams, Bills defensive tackle: The only Bill on the chart.
  • 26. Jake Long, Dolphins left tackle: The highest-rated tackle -- right or left.
  • 29. Bart Scott, Jets inside linebacker: Elsayed calls David Harris "inferior" and didn't include him.
  • 30. Nick Mangold, Jets center: The highest rated at his position.
  • 31. Cameron Wake, Dolphins outside linebacker: Dolphins should offer him for Brady, straight up.
  • 33. Tom Brady, Patriots quarterback: Brady was the sixth QB. Hey, at least he beat out Antonio Garay (37th).
  • 60. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots tight end: rated fourth behind Dallas Clark, Marcedes Lewis and Antonio Gates.
  • 67. Logan Mankins, Patriots guard: Run blocking was dominant enough to overcome a half-season of work.
  • 70. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets left tackle: Ahead of Joe Thomas.
  • 71. Devin McCourty, Patriots cornerback: Ahead of Asante Samuel and Brent Grimes.
  • 73. Sione Pouha, Jets nose tackle: Combination of size and hustle mentioned as reason he's so highly rated.
  • 85. Shaun Ellis, Jets defensive end: Division-leading fifth Jets player on the list.
  • 89. Paul Soliai, Dolphins nose tackle: Elsayed said his final nine weeks graded among best in the NFL.
  • 99. Anthony Fasano, Dolphins tight end: On the list for his blocking acumen.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below this article.

I expect a lively discussion.




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