Saturday marked the unofficial start to the 2020 NFL season. Despite having zero preseason games and limited padded practices, the Jets joined the other 31 teams as they begun the work to trim their roster down to 53 players.
Here are some things that caught my eye after seeing the final roster cuts.
Neither David Fales or Mike White made the roster – Considering Joe Flacco is going to miss at least the first 2 games of the season, it is super risky to have Rookie Quarterback James Morgan be the only backup for Sam Darnold to start the season. You never want to have your backup QB get action, but this is something that is alarming considering Sam has missed three games in each of his first two pro seasons. My best guess is that one of either White or Fales may be placed on the practice squad. Let’s pray this offensive line protects Sam well until Flacco is ready to back him up and beyond.
Only 3 RBs made the final roster – Bell and Gore are expected to get all the work for the Jets out of the backfield with Perine potentially playing more once he’s heathier. Perine suffered an ankle sprain in practice (thankfully, Gase said it is not serious) but may not be ready for Buffalo next week. Bell has an injury history and Frank Gore is 100 years old. I was shocked to see Josh Adams was not kept on the final roster as he is someone Joe Douglas really liked dating back to when he was in Philadelphia. The one silver lining is Bell should get plenty of playing time with only 2 healthy running backs now. I’ll say it again: GIVE BELL THE DAMN BALL!
Jonotthan Harrison was cut– Offensive line is the one position outside of WR that I wanted the Jets to have as much depth as possible entering this season. There are so many new faces and question marks with this new offensive line in what has been a very a strange offseason. Harrison probably is never going to be a Pro Bowl center, but Jet fans know he has been solid considering how terrible Ryan Kalil and Spencer Long were compared to him. Manish Mehta, also, pointed out how the Jets screwed Harrison over with playing time bonuses last year: considering the complaints levied by Quincy Enunwa and Kelechi Osemele about Adam Gase and the front office in the past, this is something to watch going forward because that is a terrible thing to do to a guy who was well respected in the locker room. The writing may have been on the wall once that happened, but the Jets also cut Brad Lundblade. Connor McGovern is the only center on the roster as I’m writing this. I’m sure another center will be signed but this is a move I strongly disagreed with.
Bryce Huff was the lone UDFA to make the team– All undrafted free agents were at a major disadvantage without a normal offseason and preseason to show what they can do. Throughout camp, I figured Lawrence Cager or George Campbell would have a great chance to make the team considering how thin the Jets are at Wide Receiver. Cager was the guy I kept hearing was making plays when given the opportunity. Lamar Jackson (not the guy we passed on) was, also, someone I thought may have a chance to stick considering the uncertainty at Cornerback. The Jets must be hoping that Bryce Huff can maybe help with their lack of pass rush long term. I, also, think Lamar Jackson and one of the two receivers will get a shot on the practice squad. If not, smart teams will definitely try and scoop them up.
UPDATE: The Jets signed CB Lamar Jackson to their practice squad.