GM Mike Tannenbaum just concluded a conference call with Jets beat reporters on the Jets’ final cuts, which were announced in the past hour. And not surprisingly, a good number of the questions had to do not with who was waived or who was retained but about Darrelle Revis, whose status on the Reserve/Did Not Report list hasn’t changed in a while.
“We’ve talked about that quite a bit,” Tannenbaum said in response to the first question about what the Revis holdout has done to the decision-making in putting together the Jets’ 53-man roster. Darrelle’s not here and we’ve planned accordingly. We feel good about our depth at corner. We have six guys there we think can help us. That’s who we’re going to be moving forward with.”
But Mike T wasn’t moving forward on any specific questions about negotiations with Revis’ representatives. Twice he declined to reply due to both sides’ agreement not to discuss the talks.
“We have a confidentiality agreement,” Tannenbaum said, “and I’m going to honor that not and not comment on negotiations.”
Other areas were fair game. The GM explained his, Rex Ryan’s and Woody Johnson’s thinking on the fourth-round RB Joe McKnight making the roster.
“Joe was a little more inconsistent than we had hoped in the preseason,” Tannenbaum said, “but he’s going to get an opportunity to be on the roster and we’re going to go from there. Our 45-man roster is going to look different week in and week out; a number of spots will be up for grabs in practice. Joe’s going to have to go out there and earn it. We still feel good about the research we’ve done on him.”
Chauncey Washington also made the roster, and that, Mr. T said, was in part due to his running the ball and in part to his kick coverage.
“The way Chauncey ran, he’s a very physical, powerful guy that can run through tackles, he’s always falling forward,” the GM said. “And he remains productive in the kicking game. For a guy his size, he looked very good in the kicking game. Going back to last year when we first talked about him, Mark [Sanchez, Washington's former QB at Southern Cal] felt really good about him.”
“The kicking game” will also be important to WR David Clowney.
“David played well the other night” at Philadelphia, Tannenbaum said. “We want to see more consistency in the kicking game. If you go back a time and look at Jerricho Cotchery, he wasn’t an accomplished receiver at first but he was dynamic in the kicking game when he came out. If David can become more consistent there in maybe replacing a guy like Wallace Wright, his value will be enhanced.”
Mr. T also gave a cheer for another part of the kicking game, specifically punter Steve Weatherford, who despite so-so averages of 42.5 yards gross and 36.0 net did some outstanding inside-the-20 kicking (10 I-20′s this preseason, five coming on seven punts vs. the Eagles).
“What’s interesting about that is that Nick [Folk] feels very confident with Steve as a holder,” he said. “Steve’s plus-50 punting has been excellent. Those three guys, Nick, Tanner [Purdum] and Steve are a nucleus that hopefully we can keep together for a while.”
Tannenbaum also reminded that this is a very fluid time of the season, which may in part explain why the Jets have some interesting numbers at certain positions — four tight ends, for example, five tailbacks and both fullbacks, Tony Richardson and John Conner.
The back ends of all teams’ rosters can change a little or more than a little in about 30 hours as new players are claimed on waivers by noon ET tomorrow. And for those that clear waivers, the eight-man practice squads will be filled out tomorrow afternoon.
“We’ll be here quite a while tonight with a quick turnaround tomorrow morning,” said the man who has made “Every rock every day” his mantra.
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