It’s never just your average day when you make 28 transactions. Such was the case for the Jets today as they waived 26 and made a pair of trades. One big name who wasn’t on the move was Aaron Maybin, a former first-round pick of the Bills attempting to revive his career with the Jets.
“He did have some moments in that Philly game,” said head coach Rex Ryan in reference to the Jets’ Thursday preseason finale. “He had 1.5 sacks and he actually missed another one. Certainly he played well and he’s on our roster. He is one of those guys we had talked about. We had three spots open and I thought his play rushing the passer — that’s what landed him on the roster.”
Despite tying for the team lead with three interceptions in 2010 and taking two back for scores, Dwight Lowery will be an opponent for New York’s AFC representative in Week 2 when the Jacksonville Jaguars come to MetLife Stadium.
“It’s an opportunity for Dwight to go to a place where he’s really going to be used to compete for that starting nickel job, so I think it was kind of good for Dwight to go to Jacksonville to get more playing time,” Ryan said of the exchange that brought an undisclosed conditional pick back. “For us, we just felt we had the depth we need in the back end.”
Lowery didn’t play at all against the Eagles and the Jets were loaded at safety with Jim Leonhard healthy, Eric Smith and Brodney Pool back in the fold and Emanuel Cook packing a punch on special teams as well.
An early August injury to Rob Tuner hurt the Jets’ O-line depth, so acquiring Caleb Schlauderaff from Green Bay made sense. They liked the 6’4”, 302-pound rookie, a Utah product, when they were preparing for the draft. But Schlauderaff, who Ryan said practiced center with the Utes, might not necessarily be the first option at C if Nick Mangold went down.
“Will our best option to put Matt Slauson at center if something were to happen? Maybe so. We’ll see what we have here,” he said.
The Jets have three players who figure to be out for an extended bit of time, but there are no immediate plans to place the aforementioned Turner (right leg), WR Logan Payne (left wrist) or QB Greg McElroy (right thumb) on season-ending IR.
“It’s hard to tell when exactly guys will be back,” said the third-year head coach. “We’ll take a look at it, but right now we have no plans to put them on injured reserve.”
It can’t be ruled out that the Jets will add another quarterback as a couple of their former signalcallers — Kellen Clemens and Kevin O’ Connell — are both free. But as of this evening, rookie swingman Jeremy Kerley is the team’s third QB.
“He’s a young man who can take snaps. We did have him take some snaps underneath center as well as in the shotgun,” Ryan said. “That would be our No. 3 right now.”
Although the Jets don’t have any backup at fullback, the hope is John Conner (left ankle) will be ready for the season opener against the Cowboys on Sept. 11.
“He’s spending like 15 hours a day in treatment, so he’s trying to get back and I would never bet against him,” Ryan said. “I’m anticipating that he will be back, but we’ll know later in the week as this thing gets going if that’s a real possibility. I believe it is. He’s doing everything in his power to get back.”
Rest assured Mike Tannenbaum and the personnel department are scouring the waiver wire tonight. The roster is an ever-changing document, but two who should be feeling worthy of celebrating are rookie inside ‘backer Nick Bellore, a Central Michigan product, and pass rusher Garrett McIntyre, a Canadian Football League transfer.
“Both those guys did extremely well in the preseason. They’re tough, smart football players and they earned it,” Ryan said. “They came to a team that in my opinion has the best defense in football. Those two guys really stepped up and they also did a nice job for Westy on special teams, so they have a lot to be proud of.”
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