Jets sign Edds and Zusevics, cut Jones and Ashworth

The Jets announced the signings of linebacker A.J. Edds and offensive lineman Markus Zusevics.

To make room on the roster, the team cut wide receiver Dwight Jones and offensive lineman Jacolby Ashworth.

Edds and Zusevics both tried out with the Jets and both played at Iowa.

Edds, 26, was a fourth-round choice by Miami in the 2010 NFL Draft but spent the season on injured reserve with an ACL tear. He hooked on with New England the following year and made his pro debut in the first two games of the 2011 season for the Patriots, went on their practice squad, then was signed off the squad by Indianapolis and played nine more games that year for the Colts. Edds had another ACL tear in 2012. In 2013, he was in training camp with the Pats, but was cut before the season.

The 25-year-old Zusevics tore his pectoral muscle while participating in the benchpress at the 2012 NFL Combine workouts. He was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in May 2012, was placed on the Pats’ IR in the summer of 2013, and was then released.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Zusevics was actually on the Patriots active roster for the last six weeks of 2012, although he was never activated. He did play for them in two preseason games, one in 2012 and one in 2013. He seemed to be working as the first-team right tackle at rookie mini-camp.

Edds was a strongside OLB in a 4-3 system in college, although most of his reps at the NFL level have been as a middle linebacker. Coverage is regarded as his strength though, so it’s perhaps no surprise that he was being used at the SAM position at the rookie mini-camp. That would allow him to match up directly with a tight end. While Edds is a long-shot to make the final roster, it sounds like he will be competing for reps backing up Calvin Pace, although if he impresses with his coverage abilities he could also be in line to spell one of the inside linebackers in the nickel.

The release of Jones and Ashworth is not really a surprise as the Jets were at the roster limit before they made these moves. Jones was at the rookie camp and spent a couple of weeks on the Jets practice squad at the end of last year, but Ashworth never really got a chance. I therefore wouldn’t be surprised to see him brought back for another workout if the need arises at the position.

I’ll be back with a scouting report on Edds and Zusevics once I’ve reviewed the footage.




35 comments
a57se
a57se

WooHOO!!!!

How about those Rangers!!

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

Funny how UDFAs can be 26 and no one raises an eyebrow - but when it's your 7th round pick, WHAT ARE THEY THINKING???

Bent
Bent moderator

Off topic:


Cimini said " Based on what I saw from rookie camp, and from talking to talent evaluators around the league, Evans has the best chance to make an immediate contribution among the rookies (receivers). His skill set is more complete than the others. "


Anyone else surprised by this?  To me it seems like he's received the least amount of buzz from fans and media.

tsjc68
tsjc68

My best guess as to our OL depth chart at the moment:


LT - #1 Brick, #2 Ijalana, #3 Qvale

LG - #1 Winters, #2 Dozier

C - #1 Mangold, #2 Schlaulderaff, #3 Freeman

RG - #1 Colon, #2 Campbell, #3 Aboushi

RT - #1 Giacomini, #2 P.Ford, #3 Zusevics


I think Dozier obviously gets one of the reserve OL roles, and Freeman probably ends up beating out Schlauderaff for the Mangold backup job.   That leaves a six man battle in Cortland for what is probably just one more OL spot, as I don't think we'll carry a 9th or 10th OL like we did last year (I figure we allocate the extra roster spots to WR, CB, RB, or LB, just my hunch).


So, Zusevics/Qvale/Ijalana/Ford offer the benefit of being able to handle the tackle spots (and possibly Aboushi, although the team may have bailed on that idea and consider him only a G, who knows) while Schlauderaff offers the ability to play C and Campbell offers athletic upside while Aboushi offers... a pulse.


I'll bet on the team preferring a veteran 8th OL to balance the youth of Dozier and Freeman, meaning either Zusevics or Ijalana nails down the swing tackle role while one or two of Qvale/Aboushi/Campbell goes to the PS (and Ford/Schlauderaff are released outright.)

Bent
Bent moderator

@NYCPEinGermany  Edds wasn't actually an undrafted free agent though.  He WAS drafted and already has one accrued season!

HarthorneWingoStarr
HarthorneWingoStarr

@Bent When we drafted Evans he was Mayock's top-rated receiver available. None of the other "gurus" had him rated as high. But Mayock is the only draft analyst that seems to really know what he's talking about.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Bent Not surprised.  From his tape, he looked like a bigger "other" Steve Smith before his injury.  Very smooth in his routes and a fluid pass catcher.

jenkins
jenkins

@Bent  Evans always LOOKS great in practice. Then he underperforms in games. No wonder Cimini thinks he's great.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent  A little surprised, but not a ton.  There's very little separation between these three guys; all bring a lot to the table but have things to work on.


Evans has the best combination of size, game-speed and fluidity, though, (not the best at anything but good at everything), so his physical transition is probably the smallest.  It's tough to say that that well-roundedness means he'll have the quickest contributory impact, though, since Saunders offers potential immediate impact as a jet-sweep/passing down subpackage/trick play guy and Enunwa offers an appealing red-zone target.


Put it this way:  Evans probably offers the best chance of carving out more early playing time in the base offense as he's most ready to be a WR#4 (at minimum) and get on the field, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Saunders and Enunwa play fewer downs but have those downs be more impactful thanks to redzones and third downs.


Also, Saunders probably instantly goes onto specials and makes an impact there.


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TL:DR version - Maybe, I'm not sure, who knows.

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@tsjc68  

"I figure we allocate the extra roster spots to WR, CB, RB, or LB, just my hunch"


With the WRs we have currently on the roster, I could see us going with 7 WRs for sure. Depending what happens with Goodson & Richardson could definitely see us with 4 RBs as well (though not so sure we really need Bohanon). Pretty well stocked at CB, too - man it's nice to have depth for a change.

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68  I think Doooozier can play center.


My depth chart:


LT - #1 Shugarts, #2 Brick, #3 Ijalana, #4 Qvale

LG - #1 Shugarts, #2 Winters, #3 Dozier

C - #1 Shugarts, #2 Mangold, #3 Schlaulderaff, #4 Freeman

RG - #1 Shugarts, #2 Campbell, #3 Ford, #4 Aboushi

RT - #1 Shugarts, #2 Giacomini, #3 Aboushi, #4 Zusevics

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@Bent @NYCPEinGermany  

Ah, right, so he was a slip-through-the-cracks rookie camp invite. My original thought still applies though!

(i.e. both are usually longshots to make the team, although our 7th rounder this year looks like a steal. An old steal, but still)

Bent
Bent moderator

@jenkins @Bent  Cimini's notebook is really insightful.  His articles tho...

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Bent  


Breaking: Mayor of the draft claims none of the Jets three rookie receivers can get much separation.


- ESPN, tomorrow.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@NYCPEinGermany @tsjc68  Yup.


I could even see us going semi-crazy and keeping EIGHT wideouts in Week 1.  All depends on who looks good and who doesn't.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @tsjc68  Who are the five best rappers of all time?

Shugarts, Shugarts, Shugarts, Shugarts and Shugarts.  BECAUSE HE SPITS HOT FIRE.

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@tsjc68 @NYCPEinGermany @Bent  

totally, especially when so often that upside never materializes. 


What is sweeter than feeling like we got great value in rd 7?

tsjc68
tsjc68

@NYCPEinGermany @Bent  Yeah, I was against using an early-round pick (or a high midrounder like an R4) on Reilly, but down in R7 or as a UDFA, you can't argue down there, you're more interested in getting guys who can play over guys who still have every inch of possible upside.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @NYCPEinGermany @tsjc68  


QB (3) Smith, Vick, Boyd

RB (3) Johnson, Ivory, Goodson

FB (1) Young

WR (8) Decker, Nelson, Kerley, Hill, Ford, Evans, Enunwa, Saunders  

TE (3) Amaro, Cumberland, Sudfeld

OL (8) Ferguson, Winters, Mangold, Colon, Giacomini, Dozier, Freeman, Zusevics

DL (5) Wilkerson, Harrison, Richardson, Douzable, Ellis

LB (8) Coples, Davis, Harris, Pace, Barnes, Bellore, George, Reilly

CB (7) Milliner, Patterson, Wilson, Walls, Lankster, McDougle, Dixon

S (4) Pryor, Allen, Landry, Reed

ST (3) Folk, Quigley, Purdum


3+3+1+8+3+8+5+8+7+4+3=53


Doable.

Bent
Bent moderator

@NYCPEinGermany @tsjc68  


Maybe the Jets see the 53 man roster as a 50 man roster with four unactives and the other three guys are just stashed.


So, they didn't have 10 OL on their 53 man roster last year, they had 7 OL on their 50 man roster and used all three of their stashes on OL.


In that regard, yes, 8 WR might be possible.  Or 7 WR and 7 CB.

a57se
a57se

@NYCPEinGermany @tsjc68 

I am trying to see how that would work out for the 53 man roster and it seems to create issues at other positions....


NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@tsjc68 @NYCPEinGermany  

would be pretty cool to have 8 WRs on the roster for opening day, even though all wouldn't be active.


I stills scratch my head when I think about our 3 hidden gems on the OL that were inactive all of last season

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@a57se @Ron Alexander  Yeah, its hard to get excited about him because his SR season was not very good and he performed poorly during last years SR.Bowl week leading up to the game.He also played poorly during the game and stunk up the combine as well. Hey, none of us here knows all the answer's because not even the guys teams choose to make personnel decisions have all the answer's. So we go by what the Mayock's, Charles Davis's, Daniel Jeremyah's and guys like Gill Brandt and Bill Polien tell us. So honestly my opinion is certainly not very good and frankly, I'm hopeing to be completely wrong because we need all the good players we can get.

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@a57se @Bent  I can see Oboushi listed at two places also, 1-first cut of training camp,2-2nd cut of training camp!

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se 

I could see listing Aboushi in two places......same with Ijalana or Schauderaff.

Do you think Caleb is gone this year?

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent  And two Aboushii...


Obviously I screwed up there.