Jets sign CB Adams, release WR Enunwa

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.com

I 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.




177 comments
scott g
scott g

should we have gotten a CB in the draft yes but we didn't ... but other then that reason i don't get why ppl are upset lankster was primarily STs  IF Rex thought he was capable of starting he would've gave Lankster a shot over Walls and he wouldn't have moved AA.... People  the jets shouldve went after Revis ? huh  the Jets and the Bucs didn't wanna pay him & he'll be a FA  at the  end of the yr again ... People also wanna go after Champ ... 1 he's 36 ! 2 ROB RYAN let him go !!!

jvsvn
jvsvn

They brought Powell in for a reason.  From an article in the Arizona Republic:


Powell ran a 4.63-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting combine but had an injured foot, and improved it to 4.45 at his Pro Day


Powell is a good KR and gunner. I thought Hakim looked pretty average at KR. I think they wanted another option.

bharper42
bharper42

I agree these are headscratchers but enunwa wasn't going to play anyway and george wasn't either.  They were going to hide them on the PS.


But why sign these jags?  I would've stayed with lankster at least.  he knows the system.  he's not great but serviceable.  Is the new guy even serviceable?


I know it's 1-2 yrs away but it's still bothersome to me that we didn't get better WRs in the draft and better CB in teh draft or FA.  i'm sure mcdougle will be ok when he returns but he's just a chandelier at this point.  repaired shoulder, repaired knee i mean omg.  Was a reach and it's still haunting us.


Could've had better WR prospects, still picked mcdougle or some other corner in teh draft, and still got saunders, evans enunwa imo.


outside the top 2 picks the rest really bugs me.


1-2 yrs 1-2yrs.  i think we can i think we can


BaltoSeaJets
BaltoSeaJets

The thing that frightens me the most right now is that Milliner tries to come back too quickly because of our limited options at CB. He suffered a high ankle sprain 3 weeks ago, and guys often come back too soon from HA sprains because it feels "pretty good" (see Roddy White). I hope Rex is super-conservative with this, even if it hurts us in the short run.

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

Ellis Lankster cut as well??? OK now I am really confused.... 

Brandon Gruenenfelder
Brandon Gruenenfelder

Atleast Idzik didn't trade all our picks/players away on draft day like T-Bomb would have.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

I just don't understand why don't they sign Asante Samuel or that other guy mentioned here alot as stop gaps this season, the secondary is our only major concern.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

yea, I'm baffled, hopefully Idzik know's what he's doing, like this report said Idzik got to see him in Seatle so who knows.

Zartan
Zartan

disappointed in Enunwa release.

hazard2012
hazard2012

Is it possible Idzik and Rex have vastly divergent views on the importance of CB in this league?  Everyone this side of Buddy Ryan knows how much Rex relies on solid CB play in his D, and yet that seems the one thing Idzik absolutely positively refuses to provide his coach.  


That, or maybe Idzik's plans to solve the problem at CB are as elaborate and confusing as Rex's schemes on D.    

Mateen Kemet
Mateen Kemet

@bharper42 Absolutely!   The big mstake that IDZIK made was not giving Tampa or whomever what they wanted in rd 2 in order to grab Marquis Lee, who was the best WR in college footbal a year earlier--esp if he felt unsure about Hill.  We could have given up a 3rrd and a 5th.  Would I rather Lee on this team than George of Mcfdougle. YES.  But here's the kicker, since we ahd so many picks we could have still faded back into rd 3 to pick up Mcdougle OR he prob would have dropped to Rd 4 becasue he was a surprise pick in the 3rd.   We also would not have had to draft Evans or Enewa and thus would have had 2 picks for other positions or trades etc.   It all depends on who EVANS and Mcdougle become but for this year I would have rather had LEE.   Now ned year we still need a WR and a CB

elmoron
elmoron

@Paul Samuels 

I guess I just don't get it.  Why expose Edds only to then bring him back after he clears waivers and then expose George? There's got to be a strategy to these moves, but darned if I can see it.  And Langster certainly wasn't bad, especially in light of our CB situation.  It really is confusing.

elmoron
elmoron

@Paul Samuels 

Yeah, and Edds was resigned according to Rotoworld

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@Brandon Gruenenfelder Seeing what transpired and how some of these late round picks were released, If you can go back tell me if you wouldn't go back and try something to get Cooks, I would have packaged alot of those late picks, with Stephen Hill, Mark Sanchez, a late round pick of next years draft, so we can get back to back 1st round picks, Pryor then Cooks.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@Brandon Gruenenfelder Or like Buffalo did..lol, now they won't have a first round pick, Watkins is hurt I think, and they have serious concerns about EJ Manuel.

Mateen Kemet
Mateen Kemet

@Pablo Bruno SAmual is old and doesn't fit our system.  There no one out there, unless we make a trade for joseph and 11 mil.   No haps.  Idzik is stuck.  He played conservatively in FA and now in comes back to bite.   How could we not resign a willing Cromartie who had a down year but played thur a tough injury which hurt his performance.  If I'm Milliner, I don't come back on the field until Im 150% healthy,    Ad for the record there no way that patterson is as good as Cro.  I dont buy it


marcus81
marcus81

@Zartan  out of all the receivers drafted only Amaro and Saunders will play this year, getting him on the PS should be a priority

jetsjerk
jetsjerk

@Zartan hopefully he'll get groomed on the PS and inserted soon!

Brendan
Brendan

@hazard2012 I guess you missed Idzik spending his first ever draft pick on a CB?

hazard2012
hazard2012

@Brendan @hazard2012


No, Brendan, caught the Milliner pick, though it's far from settled just how that has turned out...but there I'm at least hopeful. 


I actually had something more recent in mind, however, like THIS preseason, when there was a bumper crop of FA CB's and draftees up for grabs, and a boatload of dollars and picks with which to acquire them.


Or maybe I did I miss Idzik signing a David, Talib, Verner, Revis, or drafting a Gilbert, Dennard, Fuller, Baptiste, McGill, Exum, Roby, Roberson...the list goes on and on?  

bradysucks
bradysucks

Idzik's 1st move ever was throwing Revis out the window into the trash bin

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@brendan @Pablo Bruno I don't see how Rex could be held liable if this season goes bad honestly, and if he's fired then we know why Idzik didn't get what Rex needed to have a successful defense, I hope I'm wrong on this btw.

Brendan
Brendan

@hazard2012 How the move turns out isn't really relevant when you're having this discussion, though. Idzik has spent a top-10 pick and a 3rd rounder in hopes that he's locked down two top-level talents for the future. 


He's not going to spend a ton in FA when that's not part of the plan. 

juunit
juunit

@hazard2012 @Brendan 

I don't think he undervalues CB. I think he just messed up his attempt to fill that position this year. 

An honest mistake more so than contempt for the position. 

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@bradysucks i always took it that revis was a goner no matter who our new gm was going to be....i always figured that was woody who wanted that trade 

hazard2012
hazard2012

@Brendan @hazard2012


How moves of any kind turn out are the only measure available.   No one cares about intentions.   


Park Milliner to side, because there he was looking to replace Revis, who he traded away.  That made sense. 


The need at CB was actually much greater this off-season because Idzik knew that, A. Milliner is still a questionable work-in-progress, and B. the rest of the corners on the team were even bigger question marks with much lower ceilings.   


To think you're going to fill that void with an injury-prone rookie coming off an injury and a oft-injured bargain basement place-holder was a big and potentially costly mistake.    He blew it.  Period.  


Why alibi for him?   Why pretend the guy and his plan are infallible?   judging by a lot of his moves to date, clearly he's far from it.   It's not like he's ever done this job before and has lots of rings on his fingers.     .     

jetsjerk
jetsjerk

@Brendan @hazard2012 I have to agree.  Idzik isn't spending any dough on 'old timers."  That's why all the young players will be made here, not bought.  Maybe they'll expand the PS to 12 next year.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Guess I poured ice into your freshly brewed fairy tale

Lol

Brendan
Brendan

@hazard2012 " No one cares about intentions.   "


When you state he doesn't value the CB position, that's precisely what you're talking about. 

hazard2012
hazard2012

@Brendan @hazard2012


I wasn't 'stating' anything.  I was asking an honest question prompted by Idzik's failure to provide the team with as good a group of corners as was possible and fully within his means to do so.   


I see a method to his approach to building a team in most other areas, but I only see madness where the corner position is concerned.   

bradysucks
bradysucks

Either that or I agree with Hazard and disagree with the Idzik always knows best fairy tale

Brendan
Brendan

@hazard2012 You can comment on Idzik not signing a CB (fair) without talking about some grand conspiracy or something like that. 

Joe/Orlando
Joe/Orlando

I think your question is valid, hazard. Personally I don't think its a disconnect on the value of the CB position though. I think Idzik just flat mishandled the position this year. The turning point was probably when DRC left the facility without signing a contract.

bradysucks
bradysucks

We had the opportunity to have both Revis & Boss Hogg on this year's team but our GM thought we'd stand a better of chance of winning with Dimitri Patterson

No point in debating this again

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks I didn't say that, so don't put words into my mouth. 


You and Hazard seem to think Idzik doesn't value the CB position, when he spent a 1st rounder (top-10 overall) one year and a 3rd rounder the following year to build the future of that position. 

Hector Rodriguez II
Hector Rodriguez II

Idzik did attempt to get a CB: we had a deal in place with V. Davis, 4 yrs $9 million per. Davis' agent took that deal back to the Colts & they matched. He brought in DRC made what the organization felt was a reasonable deal & the Giants gave him "much" more. Don't blame him for not marching, underachiever with just 1 good season, & he spoke of retirement after the SB. Ve rner wasn't a good fit. Mevis was never going to come back, he had "no" intention. His 1st & only choice was NE. Thurman, who Idzik knew well, was offered something reasonable, the Giants once again went above & beyond. Last & least Cro, Rex & Dennis both thought his best was well behind him. By the way... these are facts.

elmoron
elmoron

@bradysucks 

I think he was given marching orders.  I seem to recall that the Revis issue even came up during the GM interviews.  

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks Stop with the Revis sht. You sound like a scorned lover get over it he was never coming back here. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

Did the marching orders also include not signing Talib, Verner, DRC, Cromartie, Captain and all of the other CB options he passed on so he could help Rex by signing Dimitri Patterson ???

bradysucks
bradysucks

Agreed - no point in debating this again

We will roll with Idzik's gems at CB going forward

elmoron
elmoron

@bradysucks 

Yeah, that was frustrating.  But I think he thought he had a done deal with the guy (sorry, forget his name) who went to Indy.