Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Jeff Cumberland, Ellis Lankster, Darrin Walls, Nick Folk, Leger Douzable, Calvin Pace), they chose not to bring everyone back. Although it’s only preseason, we’ll be keeping track of the progress on the guys they let go so we can at least start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move.
We’ll be aiming to cover all of the players and key coaches who were with the Jets during 2013 or 2014 and are now with another team. After the jump, a comprehensive list of those who played during the first full slate of preseason games and how they fared.
Some stats from PFF are used in this article and throughout the series.
Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona
Cromartie was in the game for 17 snaps this week. He still hasn’t been targeted, so we still can’t really read too much into how he’ll play this year.
Jojo Dickson, LB, Arizona
Dickson played 14 snaps this week and had a run stuff in the hole and a pressure where he rocked a blocking back off his spot. He gave up six and 11 yard completions in coverage, missing a tackle in the flat on the 11-yarder. He was also blocked out of one running play.
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Shaq Evans is having surgery on Tuesday, he announced on his Twitter account.
Evans suffered a “severe” shoulder injury on August 5, according to Rex Ryan.
The injury is bad enough that Evans could be placed on season-ending injured reserve, Ryan said.
Evans was the the No. 115 pick in the NFL Draft in 2014, out of UCLA.
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The Jets remained mum on the health of rookie receiver Jalen Saunders on Monday as details emerged from his one-car accident Friday morning
Florham Park, N.J., police released an accident report which said Saunders had a “medical event” while driving a 2014 Toyota Corolla. Saunders, driving to the Jets facility to begin the trip to Cincinnati, was attempting to make a left turn from southbound Park Avenue onto Florham Road about 7:50 a.m. He failed to make a full turn, crossed the northbound lanes and struck a curb before coming to rest in the grass, less than a mile from the facility.
Saunders was released from the hospital Sunday, and Rex Ryan said Monday he won’t play Friday against the Giants (Newsday, Aug. 18).
“Right now, we’re taking a cautious approach with him, which is a smart approach,” Ryan said.
No medical details were released.
Saunders was back at the facility Monday. After working out on a stationary bike, he watched practice from the sideline.
“We want to be the least-penalized team … but we want to be the most physical, too.”
-Rex Ryan on taking 12 penalties against the Bengals (Waszak, August 18)
A new nickname for ya…
Dee Milliner is at practice, sans walking boot. He is limping though, according to the team’s beat reporters.
Milliner does have a high-ankle sprain, an MRI confirmed, Rex Ryan said after practice on Monday.
Chris Ivory and Nick Mangold were both on the stationary bikes to open practice on Monday. Mangold was held out with a toe injury, Ryan said.
Jalen Saunders was also on the bikes following Friday’s medical incident while driving to the Jets facility.
Jeff Cumberland and Antwan Barnes were working with staff on the sidelines.
Ras-I Dowling sat out with a groin injury.
Jets players participate in a ping pong tournament during training camp in a quest to capture the Golden Paddle.
DeMario Davis is mic’d up at Jets training camp, and discusses his path to the NFL and expectations for the 2014 season.