Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWith cutdowns looming, the Jets have started releasing players. There are a number of interesting names:
Defensive / Special Teams Cuts:S Donnie Fletcher, S Bret Lockett, LS Pat Scales, P Ryan Quigley
Analysis: No real surprises here. Fletcher’s play last summer found him a spot on the team’s practice squad, and he might be back on the team in that capacity at some point, but the Jets secondary seems to have no room at the inn right now.
Offensive Cuts: WR Joe Collins, G Patrick Ford, T Trey Gilleo, RB-KR Joe McKnight, G Stephen Peterman, LB Sean Progar-Jackson, WR Marcus Rucker, RB Chad Spann, WR KJ Stroud, WR Rahsaan Vaughn
Analysis: Spann did well early in camp but didn’t do enough in the preseason to merit getting past this point, though he could be back at some point this season – Kahlil Bell outplayed him in the Week 2 matchup and the Jets will likely continue to look at him into next week. Cutting Joe McKnight there seems to leave room for Bell on the 53-man roster now should the team want. In the end, there’s two names that people will focus on here.
Stephen Peterman was a contingency signing that came on the tail of the Jets not drafting a player on the offensive line in the first few rounds. Peterman looked good at points, but his health and ability to play 16 games seemed in doubt and so the Jets decided the dropoff between him and Ducasse or Winters wasn’t overly concerning. Believe it or not, Ducasse has actually had himself a nice little summer.
As far as Joe McKnight, his off field woes were piling up and the Jets decided to move on. And no, we’re not talking about angry tweets at fans. Bizarre public comments, an arrest, an inability to stay on the field and a seeming public disagreement between he and his coach about whether or not he had a concussion all point to larger concerns. For a guy with a self-diagnosed concussion, there was an alarming lack of talk about protocols and baselines. The Jets will roll the dice with Clyde Gates or Kyle Wilson as a returner for this team, most likely, and avoid McKnight’s increasing distractions.
Bent’s thoughts follow after the jump.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comThe Peterman move is surprising, but he had been outplayed by Vladimir Ducasse throughout preseason and it looks like the Jets will proceed with Ducasse as the starter, barring an external move or a sudden improvement from rookie Brian Winters.
It’s possible that they gave Peterman his release now so that he has a little time to find another opportunity to start somewhere else. The backup center situation remains clouded for the Jets after this move, but Peterman didn’t look like a viable option following Saturday night’s game.
McKnight’s departure is disappointing, but the writing has been on the wall for some time. He might garner some interest from teams looking to bolster their special teams, but most of all we hope he’s able to get past the issues that plagued him throughout camp and continue on with his career. Getting away from New York might be a positive first step.
As for the others, don’t rule out the Jets keeping tabs on these guys for re-signing to the practice squad or on a futures contract at some point down the road. Guys like Royce Adams and Jacquies Smith flashed a couple of times on Saturday to extend their stay of execution and get a chance to put some more good plays on film.