Jets practice squad forming up


Safety and special teams standout Rontez Miles has signed to the team’s practice squad. (Bassett, Aug. 31)

Defensive lineman Tevita Finau has been signed to the team’s practice squad. (Canter, Aug. 31)

OL Brent Qvale has been signed by the Jets to their practice squad. (Steinberg, Aug. 31)

QB Matt Simms cleared waives and has been signed to the team’s practice squad. (Walder, Aug. 31)

DL Kerry Hyder has been signed to the team’s practice squad. (Waszak, Aug. 31)

TE Chris Pantale was signed to the team’s practice squad.  (Waszak, Aug. 31)

Update: 6:26 p.m.: RB Daryl Richardson was signed to the practice squad (Jets, Aug. 31).

Brian Bassett,

Finau: Tevita is a player that the Jets seem to like and might have a chance at becoming a contributor to this defense in future years.  More time on the practice squad will only help Finau to hone his game for the active roster.

Miles: The safety was singled by Ryan out for taking every opportunity afforded him and we imagine Rex wants to see Miles make the active roster at some point this season.  For now, the team’s woes in the secondary had to take priority.

Hyder: The young defensive lineman was praised a few time by head coach Rex Ryan.  Like Finau, it’s a good group for the youngster to learn from but could be a hard unit to crack based on the players on the active roster.

Pantale: This is Pantale’s second time around with the Jets and there’s some potential for the Jets as he demonstrated on a long catch and run in a blown coverage against the Eagles.  Pantale is a good project player for the Jets.

Qvale: Offensive line for the Jets is a tough unit to crack with all the investment the team has made in young talent, but as a former Huskers product, Qvale has the right college pedigree and might be another possibility for the Jets as a long-term backup for this unit.

Richardson: The running back had a good camp and while the Jets are full up with Johnson, Ivory and Powell, Richardson is a solid player that might be helpful for the Jets down the road.

Simms: The Jets needed a third quarterback who knows the system in case of emergency and knowing the system and playing some solid football in mop-up duty this summer made the decision to add Simms to the practice squad an easy one.

Update: While only six have been uncovered, here’s a few more players that we could see making the practice squad: Tajh Boyd, Troy Davis, Brandon Dixon,  Jeremy Reeves, Daryl Richardson and if he has the eligibility Johnny Patrick along with whomever the Jets might waive in the corresponding transaction by claiming Leon McFadden.

Jets claim CB McFadden, waive Lewis

The Jets, desperately in need of a corner help, claimed CB Leon McFadden off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. (Steinberg, Aug. 31)

McFadden was a third round pick in the 2013 draft and played mostly towards the end of last season for the Browns.

The Jets, who cut Dimtri Patterson on Saturday, are thin at corner after several injuries.

Update, 6:30 p.m.:  The Jets released cornerback LeQuan Lewis, who was signed as a free agent Aug. 12.

Brian Bassett,

McFadden is one of the higher rated young corners to have gotten cut loose in recent days, but any help he might offer is somewhat worrisome considering that Ryan’s old defensive coordinator Mike Pettine cut McFadden himself.

McFadden has the right fluidity and speed to play the position, but can be a bit lacking with his aggression and jamming at the line.  It might be for that reason that Pettine was not interested in keeping him around in Cleveland.  Having said that, Rex Ryan demonstrated willingness to use zone / Cover-2 schemes last fall when required.

McFadden doesn’t seem like a short-term answer for this team but more of a reclamation project … we’ll find out for sure next weekend.

Reactions on the Jets initial 53 man roster: Offense

Brian Bassett,

4PM ET Saturday marked the deadline for every NFL team to cut down their roster from 75 to 53 players. Granted, with waiver claims pending and potential free agents in the air the roster that the Jets posted Saturday night might not be exactly the same as the one that lines up next weekend against the Raiders.

Here’s our reactions to the team’s newly named position groups on the offensive side of the ball.

Offensive Line (9)

No. Name Pos. Height Weight Age Years College
63 Freeman, Dalton C 6-5 291 24 1 Clemson
74 Mangold, Nick C 6-4 307 30 9 Ohio State
67 Winters, Brian G 6-4 320 23 2 Kent State
75 Aboushi, Oday OL 6-5 308 23 2 Virginia
66 Colon, Willie OL 6-3 315 31 9 Hofstra
70 Dozier, Dakota OT 6-4 312 23 R Furman
60 Ferguson, D’Brickashaw T 6-6 310 30 9 Virginia
68 Giacomini, Breno T 6-7 318 28 7 Louisville
71 Ijalana, Ben T 6-4 322 25 4 Villanova

Grade: B+
Analysis:  To me, this is the deepest group at offensive line that the team has had in a few years.  Is it as good as the 2009 version was?  No, but it is the built-in redundancy should there be injuries that I like most about the group.  Four of the five starters return from last year and new right tackle Breno Giacomini brings a nasty streak to a line that might rely more on running the football this season with Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory as the team’s top backs.  The big question for the starters, and the reason the grade isn’t an “A” is the concerns I still have about the right side’s ability to pass protect.

Winters should be better this season which will keep Mangold and Ferguson from as much babysitting and get them back to the level of play we’ve come to expect from them over the last nine years.  Willie Colon will get called for more procedural and holding penalties than we’d like to see, which could cause the Jets offense to stall at times, but Colon is the veteran enforcer that the line needs.  Colon is helping the Jets buy time until players like backups Oday Aboushi and Dakota Dozier are ready to step into the starting lineup.

Really, it is the group of Ijalana, Freeman and Aboushi that intrigues me most.  The Jets have backups at three key spots who can play multiple positions (right/left) and they also were able to keep promising rookie Dakota Dozier in the bargain. To read more of this story, click here

GEICO SportsNite: Covering the Jets Cuts

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Reactions on the Jets initial 53 man roster: Defense & Special Teams

Brian Bassett,

4PM ET Saturday marked the deadline for every NFL team to cut down their roster from 75 to 53 players. Granted, with waiver claims pending and potential free agents in the air the roster the Jets posted Saturday night might not be exactly the same as the one that lines up next weekend against the Raiders.

Here’s our reactions to the team’s newly named position groups.

Defensive Line (8)

No. Name Pos. Height Weight Age Years College
51 Enemkpali, Ikemefuna DE 6-1 272 23 R Louisiana Tech
94 Harrison, Damon DL 6-4 350 25 3 William Penn
96 Wilkerson, Muhammad DL 6-4 315 24 4 Temple
99 Barnes, T.J. DT 6-7 364 24 1 Georgia Tech
78 Douzable, Leger DT 6-4 284 28 7 Central Florida
93 Ellis, Kenrick DT 6-4 346 26 4 Hampton
91 Richardson, Sheldon DT 6-3 294 23 2 Missouri
98 Coples, Quinton LB 6-6 290 24 3 North Carolina

Grade: A+
Wilkerson is the anchor of the unit, Harrison is one of the most stout run-stuffers in the NFL and Sheldon Richardson is an interior playmaker on the rise.  Quinton Coples (this is his group, not the linebackers) is primed to take another big step forward, as evidenced from his play at the end of last season once he had recovered from his leg fracture.

The reason that this is the team’s strongest group is not just because of the front-line starters, but also because of the fantastic depth that this group has built in the last two years.  Douzable and Ellis are backups, but play heavy in rotation and are both positive influences against the run and pass.  Both Barnes and Enemkpali are young backups that will have the luxury of learning and playing from some of the league’s best.  Enemkpali in particular looks to be a future standout player on special teams for the Jets. To read more of this story, click here

Jets announce 21 players released to fit 4PM roster deadline

The Jets have released their list of 21 players that were cut (as well as their addition to the PUP) to make the 53 man roster before the 4PM ET deadline.


Tajh Boyd (QB/6-1/222/Clemson/Hampton, VA)
Will Campbell (G/6-4/311/Michigan/Detroit, MI)
Troy Davis (LB/6-2/251/Central Florida/Queens, NY)
Brandon Dixon (CB/5-11/203/NW Missouri State/Pompano Beach, FL)
A.J. Edds (LB/6-4/256/Iowa/Marion, IN)
Tevita Finau (DT/6-5/288/Utah/Lahaina, HI)
Clyde Gates (WR/6-0/197/Abilene Christian/Vernon, TX)
Alex Green (RB/6-2/220/Hawaii/Portland, OR)
Stephen Hill (WR/6-4/215/Georgia Tech/Lithonia, GA)
Kerry Hyder (DL/6-2/280/Texas Tech/Austin, TX)
Garrett McIntyre (LB/6-3/255/Fresno State/South Lake Tahoe, CA)
Rontez Miles (S/6-0/203/California (PA)/Braddock, PA)
Chris Pantale (TE/6-5/254/Boston College/Wayne, NJ)
Johnny Patrick (CB/5-11/190/Louisville/Deland, FL)
Dimitri Patterson (CB/6-0/200/Tuskegee/Miami, FL)
Brent Qvale (T/6-7/315/Nebraska/Williston, ND)
Jeremy Reeves (CB/5-7/176/Iowa State/Allen, TX)
Daryl Richardson (RB/5-10/196/Abilene Christian/Jacksonville, FL)
Caleb Schlauderaff (G/6-4/302/Utah/Shelton, WA)
Matt Simms (QB/6-3/210/Tennessee/Franklin Lakes, NJ)
Zach Thompson (DL/6-5/265/Wake Forest/Ashburn, VA)

Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP)

Antwan Barnes (LB/6-1/251/Florida International/Miami, FL)

Brian Bassett,

On this list there are only two players who were drafted in 2014 that were cut by the Jets.  CB Brandon Dixon who had a tough time adjusting under the lights of the preseason and Tajh Boyd needs more refinement before he could be a player that the Jets could justify adding to their 53 man roster.

Of the group, there’s a number of good candidates for the practice squad: Tajh Boyd, Troy Davis, Brandon Dixon,  Tevita Finau, Rontez Miles, Chris Pantale, Johnny Patrick (not sure of eligibility) Jeremy Reeves, Darryl Richardson and Matt Simms.  Of that group, I would not be surprised if about six or seven of that group could see time on the active roster for the Jets this season.

There’s only a few players that I don’t imagine would come back to the Jets at any point.  Dimitri Patterson and Stephen Hill would be on that list.  Will Campbell and Garrett McIntyre might have been as useful to the Jets as he could have been, but with a bunch of young linebackers and receivers who were just drafted, I don’t know that the team will have use for them in the future.

Jets release suspended CB Dimitri Patterson

The Jets have announced that they have cut veteran cornerback Dimitri Patterson on Saturday ahead of the 4PM deadline to cut the roster down to53. (PFT, Aug. 30)

Patterson was suspended by the Jets after going AWOL before last week’s third preseason game.  Patterson talked with the team on Sunday after two days unexcused absence and the team suspended Patterson until September 1st.  Patterson obviously didn’t make it that far, being cut two days before his suspension was lifted.

Patterson saw action in just one preseason game and looked outclassed by Colts QB Andrew Luck and TY Hilton before being injured during the game.  Patterson never saw the preseason field since.

Patterson had signed signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with the Jets back in March that included a $1 million signing bonus.

Brian Bassett,

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

If the Jets had any doubt about cutting Patterson, it was likely removed Thursday when the cornerback released his ludicrous statement to ESPN’s Josina Anderson calling the team liars, obviously around the Jets normal protocol for players interacting with the media.

Beyond his not showing up for work and his bad judgement in making public statements, Patterson looked bad on the field — he was burned multiple times during the first half against the Colts but it wasn’t anything that wasn’t already taking place routinely on the Jets practice field during training camp.

I fully expect players like Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster and others to be able to step into the gap while Dee Milliner heals up for the season.  It might not be pretty, but I do think the Jets can get the job done thanks to good depth at safety.  It is fair to be concerned about the players the Jets have left on the roster, but we expect the Jets to be active on the waiver / free agent market between now and Tuesday when practices begin in earnest for their matchup next weekend against the Raiders.

Jets release Boyd

The Jets have released quarterback Tajh Boyd the team confirmed on Saturday (Walder, Aug. 30). 

Brian Bassett,

Matt Simms did everything in his power to warrant his status as the team’s third quarterback.  Boyd might have potential, but it will take more time for any NFL team to determine that.  It is clear that Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins were much bigger elements than anyone realized over a year ago.

Boyd struggled in camp and during the time he saw in the preseason.  Boyd is a dynamic and charismatic player who has a history of being able to provide a spark during his days at Clemson.  The team might try to get him back onto their team as a developmental player as a member of the practice squad.  I think the Jets would be well served in not giving up on Boyd just yet.