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Thoughts on the Jets Roster Cuts

The New York Jets released 4 veterans the other day, just days before the current CBA expires.

The Jets severed ties with Kris Jenkins, Jason Taylor, Damien Woody and Vernon Gholston.

Let’s take a closer look at how each player cut will affect the team

Kris Jenkins– This was expected as there was no way the Jets were going to pay Jenkins’ scheduled salary of $4.9 million. “Big Jenks” was a beast for the Jets back in 2008, but  only played 6 games in 2009 before going down with a knee injury and only lasted one quarter in 2010. Jenkins will be 32 before next season, if there is one, and you have to wonder how much, if anything, he has left in the tank? The man has now had 4 major knee surgeries in his career and has barely played the last two seasons. If he can rehab and get back in shape, the Jets could look to sign him for close to the minimum.

Jason Taylor– The Jets release of Taylor could be the final act in his illustrious career. Playing as a part time player last season, Taylor made his fair share of big plays notching 5 sacks and a flair to come through in a big moment (safety against Pittsburgh, strip sack of Brady in the Week 2 win). However, it became clear that this Taylor was a shade of his former self. He disappeared for long stretches during games and slowed down at the end of the season. The Jets should look to the draft to find a young pass rusher to take Taylor’s place. Expect to see Taylor sign a one day contract to retire with the Dolphins at some point this offseason too.

Damien Woody– It’s tough to see Woody go, but the writing was on the wall after the Jets decided to shift 2010 second round pick Vladimir Ducasse to right tackle. When the Jets acquired Woody three years ago, the move was criticized and was labeled a big gamble. Woody silenced the doubters, proving to be one of the best right tackles in football over the past three seasons. However, Woody was fighting a lot of injuries at the end of last year and recently underwent Achilles surgery, which is always tough to come back and Woody’s age (33) won’t help. The Jets should resign Wayne Hunter and let him and Ducasse battle it out for the starting job.

Vernon Gholston– Good riddance. Gholston was arguably the biggest draft bust in recent memory next to JaMarcus Russell. Every offseason we kept hearing the same thing, “this is Gholston’s year he’s finally going to put it together.” We waited and waited. It never came. And it was never even close. In his three seasons, Gholston failed to even record one single sack. NOT EVEN ONE! He had as many sacks as I did in that time frame. Drew Coleman, a defensive back, had 5 sacks. They tried him everywhere on the field and he failed at every position. It’s fitting that Gholston got released while the NFL Scouting combine was ongoing, as that’s where he put on a show as raised his draft stock. He remains the one blemish on the resume of Mike Tannenbaum.

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2 Responses to “Thoughts on the Jets Roster Cuts”

  1. Simon says:

    Everyone knows Gholston is a bust, but can you elaborate on what you think he did wrong? We all know Jamarcus Russell was a bust because he was fat and lazy, but Gholston always kept in top physical shape. He also went to Rex to have his salary cut due to bad performance, which aren’t characteristics of someone uninspired and lazy. I think it would be a good article to talk about.

  2. Simon,

    Thanks for the comment. Yeah sure I’ll take a loser look at Gholston’s troubles. I should something up on the site in a few days.

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