It’s not a big night for the New York Jets regulars, but it is one for everyone else.
The fourth and final game of the New York Jets preseason schedule is in our sights. Time for the team to wrap things up for the summer and take this team down to the 53 man roster that will take on the Buffalo Bills on 9/8. Can you believe that football that counts is coming up so quickly.
We won’t see the likes of Sam Darnold but we will see Luke Falk, among others. It’s a critical night for these players as they try make either the Jets roster, or make tape for other skates. For some, it could be the last game for some as professionals.
Who are some of the players that need to stand up in order to make the final 53 man roster? Here are three:
Jachai Polite is the first. According to the Athletic, Polite’s spot on the team is not automatic at the moment. At face value that doesn’t make a lot of sense. Why would you get rid of a player drafted in the third round, with that much upside, not be given a chance. With his pure speed, surely he deserves a chance to work out his technique, right?
But looking at the facts makes the scenario much more possible. Using the “eye” test he hasn’t made a tangible impact, at least not to this point. He also didn’t rotate in much against the Saints either. Unless my eyes were deceiving me, I didn’t notice Polite in the huddle very often until the forth quarter. That’s not good.
It’s much easier to get out from a third rounder’s contract than it is for highter. Let’s see him put in a big game and make this a moot point.
Elijah McGuire is a second player. Obviously, the Jets are set at RB with Bilal Powell, Ty Montgomery and Le’Veon Bell. Odds are that the Jets will keep one more running back, so that makes it between Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon. Cannon is slightly ahead of McGuire to this point, running for 3.7 yards per carry vs. only three yards per carry. Cannon also can return kicks and hasn’t fumbled one during this training camp schedule.
McGuire needs to make the most of any reps he gets during the game against the Eagles or he will be out the door.
Deontay Burnett: Despite the fact that he is tied for 10th in receiving in the AFC, Burnett’s spot is not a guarantee. We’ve seen him all game long, as late as the fourth quarter. Why is his spot tenuous? Josh Bellamy and Greg Dortch. Bellamy being signed in the offseason is likely going nowhere except onto the final 53. Dortch is proving me wrong, as I called him a longshot to make the team at best. Despite his size he is making an impact in the passing game and he looks fast when returning kicks.
Burnett would be an asset due to his relationship with Sam Darnold but he needs a good night Thursday night to make it happen.
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