The Jets don’t have great depth at inside linebacker, so one name to keep on an eye on is Kenwin Cummings.
Cummings has been drawing praise this offseason, most notably from head coach Rex Ryan and fellow linebacker Bart Scott.
“The guy that’s really jumped out at me is Kenwin Cummings,” Ryan said in the last question of his live chat with Jets fans from his Atlantic Health Jets Training Center office on Wednesday. “He’s put on about five pounds of muscle and looks more athletic. He’s a 255-pound linebacker who’s really moving around. We need to have that third inside linebacker right now and it looks like he’s got a foothold on it.”
“Kenwin looks like a different guy to me,” Ryan said. “He’s moving in space well now and he’s physical when the pads come on, which is the best thing he does — he’s tough and can really strike you. The way he’s moving in the open field has been really impressive.”
“Kenwin’s coming,” proclaimed ILB starter Bart Scott. “One of the first things I said to Rex when I got here last year was this Kenwin kid, with some coaching, could be good — could be damned good.
The Jets do have a hole at that third inside linebacker spot and Cummings sounds like the perfect fit for that position.
Hopefully, he won’t be forced into extensive action, but it’s nice knowing that the Jets have insurance behind their top two guys.