Cornerback Phillip Adams, who had been released by Seattle, was signed by the Jets Monday. To make room on the 53-man roster, the Jets waived WR Quincy Enunwa (Jets, Sept. 1)
The Jets also added CB LeQuan Lewis to the practice squad, a day after the team released him.
Adams was taken in the seventh round of the 2010 draft by San Francisco out of South Carolina State. He spent time with the 49ers that season, the Patriots and Seahawks in 2011, the Raiders in 2012 and ’13, and the Seahawks again this offseason and preseason. He was cut Saturday.
Enunwa was the second of our four sixth-round selections in this year’s draft. He played in all four preseason games and had no receptions.
Update: The Jets have also added Walt Powell, undrafted receiver who spent camp with the Cardinals. (Symmetry Sports, Sep. 1). The corresponding roster move was to release rookie LB Jeremiah George who is also probably a candidate for the practice squad.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comI get that none of the four players who will wind up involved in this series of transactions might have much impact on the Jets during 2014, but I’m still not a fan of these moves. The moves won’t correspond specifically, but by the end of the day the Jets will have swapped an underwhelming defensive back and a small and slow receiver for two players they’ve been grooming on their own roster — likely at the same positions.
According to ProFootballFocus, Adams took 348 snaps in 2013 with the Raiders and graded out 107th out of 110 cornerbacks. Maybe the Jets are seeing something different on film, but it is hard to see Adams as much of an upgrade on any secondary player the Jets currently have on the roster. Idzik would know Adams from their time together in Seattle and from monitoring what their division rival the Niners did. Even so, assuming there’s a successive roster move in the secondary coming, I don’t get the addition and what the Jets feel they can gain from adding Adams, a player who has bounced around the league almost every year for five years
Essentially sliding Walt Powell off the roster for Enunwa is a head scratcher. Enunwa was a gamer during his time with Nebraska and seems like a protoypical possession receiver that the Jets could grow into a replacement for David Nelson in time. In his place the Jets have added Powell; an undersized, 4.6 wheeled, short armed, gym rat whose best quality might be that he can be elusive if he can get past the first defender (sorry, not in this league) and that he’s an overacheiver.
The moves confound me. There’s a lot of better players that the Jets could have brought in instead of these two. I hope that the Jets bring back Enunwa as a practice squadder along with whoever else they cut today. I’m open to eating a large helping of crow, but I’m not impressed with either of these additions.