Saunders expected to be primary punt returner

Fourth-round pick Jalen Saunders is expected to make the Jets final roster as the team’s primary punt returner (Cimini, August 13).

Saunders will also likely be the team’s fifth or sixth receiver on the depth chart.

Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill, David Nelson, Greg Salas and Clyde Gates are all listed ahead of Saunders on the team’s depth chart.




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Pat d
Pat d

What could have been.

WR reality check

Decker is good but most likely won 't be very successful as a #1.

Kerley is a very good slot receiver.

Hill sucks.

Those are the starters at this point. Not great.

What may turn out to be one of the best WR drafts the Jets passed.

Daniel Diffin
Daniel Diffin

I expect Clyde Gates to be cut. Wouldn't surprise me if Hill is either cut or traded. He started camp well, but appears to have developed an allergy to pigskin--he drops everything thrown his way. Maybe it's not too late for him to turn it around--but it is getting there. I expect the receivers to be Decker, Kerley, Nelson, Salas, Saunders and either Ford or Enunwa. Evans will probably be on IR. If Enunwa is cut, they'll try to stash him on the practice squad.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Being behind Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill on the depth chart is kind of like getting beat out for an acting job by Andy Dick and Carrot Top


I'm a Saunders fan by the way

drjreefer
drjreefer

wow somebody at SNY doesn't like 57...


#REEEED will be back tho.

levi
levi

Oh man, I hate to see Reed retire. also its probably the end of the "homeless man" beard. I dont think NFL Network wants that thing on the set but maybe they will let him do it for playoffs. I mean it would be fun he could hide things in there and randomly pull them out, like chips and salsa or tv props.

jabronijet
jabronijet

Anyone find out what is up with Milliner? The last I heard, was that he was starting to walk, but the swelling was preventing an MRI. If he is walking, the swelling should be minimal and the test administered right? I am just wondering because he will be a huge part to the success of the defense. I hope it is not more serious than they are letting on to. I am not buying Allen playing a starting CB, but truth is stranger than fiction gentleman, just very hard to believe.

jetlife
jetlife

I never understood why you would have your newest big money free agent returning punts(Decker).

Brendan
Brendan

@Pat d "Decker is good but most likely won 't be very successful as a #1."


Based on what, exactly? 

Bent
Bent moderator

@bradysucks He's the number one punt returner on the depth chart though, suggesting that if the choice is between him and a third stringer, he'll make it.

Bent
Bent moderator

@drjreefer Not at all.  We really don't like off-topic posts about the standard of moderation on the site (and I apologize to readers for this post).


I've deleted three such comments today after having warned that such comments would be deleted and each time 57 has deleted every other comment he has made.  


Such a childish response obviously breaks up the comments thread and in my opinion spoils it for everyone else, so the best approach is to prevent him from commenting altogether.


Apparently he has emailed SNY to protest over my bias, when the reality is that they would have banned him many times over and I'm the only reason he was still able to comment here.  We'll see how they respond to this email.  Maybe they will suspend me, I'm sure that would go over well.

juunit
juunit

Sounds like a demotion.

What'd he do for us?

Brendan
Brendan

@jabronijet Still no update, as far as I can tell. The team was in-transit today after breaking camp in Cortland, so maybe that's why we haven't heard an update? 


I'm with you though, I'm getting anxious. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Bent 

Can people STOP talking about Gates....he SUCKS !!

Just ask TSJC and his Twin!!

drjreefer
drjreefer

@Bent @drjreefer 

well, thats a perfectly reasonable take. Was just making an observation but happy it was explained.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se You're deleting them yourself, stop the martyr act already. 

drjreefer
drjreefer

@a57se @drjreefer 

i doubt he'd take the time to respond to you, then delete the post you made anyways.


I will hold out hope until 2015!

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent @UncleJoesJetFarm I also like how people are ignoring the part where Brandon Marshall is on this show, too. 


I WILL NEVER GIVE UP HOPE. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se I'm sure the media will agree with you, which is weird considering they did nothing but go on about how washed up he was when he played for us last season.


Obviously we know where I stand on this matter.

Bent
Bent moderator

@juunit Contracts, primarily.  And cap management.

jetlife
jetlife

@a57se @jetlife Per the Jets Twitter feed, he has. To what extent, I am not sure.

Bent
Bent moderator


@Hanknaples You're right Hank.  Gates has given us no reason to talk about him.


As I noted elsewhere I was actually impressed with his route running in some camp footage that I got hold of, but unfortunately that hasn't translated to results yet.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @Bent @UncleJoesJetFarm They said he a former 12-year NFL veteran.  If he was coming back then he'd be a former 12-year NFL veteran and a current 13-year NFL veteran.


There's still hope!

levi
levi

@Bent @a57se Maybe theres something to the article today that suggested he was a bad teammate.

juunit
juunit

@a57se @juunit 

Ah, OK. I've got an uncle who teaches some courses at NYU. He's in Tisch though, so I doubt they'll cross paths very often. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jetlife Early in camp he was, but hopefully that was for an emergency role like he had in Denver. He's sure handed back there, and with this report that Saunders is going to do it full time, they were probably testing out all their options back there so they know who can do it and who can't. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@jetlife He returned punts for the Broncos during the playoffs last year.  Probably just a fallback like Holmes used to be.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Bent 

It's like Picasso with his easel...he has to have a CANVAS...Just wait!!!

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Bent @Brendan @UncleJoesJetFarm

Playing great is not the same as playing Ed Reed great.  And not being able to dominate to the same HOF level like he used to must be a factor.   

In the back of his mind he's probably still thinking about playing again but isn't as committed as he knows he needs to be.

Bent
Bent moderator

@levi @Bent @a57se I didn't even read that one.  Wow.  Heard nothing but good things about Reed.  


The so-called "division" last year was attributed to the difference between the Smith/Sanchez and Smith/Vick dynamics, that's it.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent Yeah, except I also mentioned how obviously I agree with you too.

levi
levi

@a57se  He should delete his post then.

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@a57se Ten if you include the postseason and fair catches (which I do since I think that could be his role)

levi
levi

@a57se  It was one of them in the Daily links today.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent "We know where I stand on the matter".


You know I've been banging the drum for Reed to come back all along.


The media suggesting he should have come back will be at odds with their previous views.  You or I saying that is consistent with what we've been saying all along.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Bent 

You do know that Picasso LOOVED his Booze, right??

levi
levi

@a57se  If you dont mind my asking, why are you doing that again?

levi
levi

@a57se Not sure. Maybe the Colon one or the QB tension one. Dont you read them? I usually read them all so not sure which one it was.

levi
levi

@a57se  I see. Id help if I could but gotta get back to work. This work thing is cutting into my play time these days.