The New York Jets are slowly and steadily prepping their team for the 2021 NFL Season. They're currently rebuilding the roster and the Jets seem to have built a nice foundation. Expectations should not be high for the Jets this year, as the roster is young and still has plenty of holes throughout. Even so, Robert Saleh has brought new life to this franchise and the Jets hope to become a playoff contender in the near future.
New York has created a decent offensive line to protect their new rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. The front office also made sure to improve the wide receiving core after signing Corey Davis and drafting Elijah Moore in the offseason. The offense is bound to utilize a committee in the backfield, as Saleh stems from the Shannahan coaching tree.
Although they might struggle this year, the Jets are on their way to success. However, to reach that point, New York will need the best roster possible to show steady improvements. The coaching staff might favor young players over veterans right now, as the team will be searching for hidden gems anywhere they can find them. With that said, here are three cut candidates on the Jets' roster bubble entering training camp.
With the new additions to the wide receiver room, the Jets likely won't need Vyncint Smith on the team anymore. Throughout his career, Smith has been less than impressive, posting a 52.3% catching percentage in three years. He hasn't been consistent and hasn't capitalized on his opportunities. Corey Davis, Jamison Crowder, Elijah Moore, Keelan Cole, and Denzel Mims will be the main five pass options for Zach Wilson in 2021.
New York may keep a sixth receiver on the roster, but Smith has his work cut out for him as he'll be competing with seven other receivers. Braxton Berrios seems to be the favorite to potentially remain on the roster as the sixth receiver, leaving Smith searching for a job elsewhere.
Tevin Coleman once thrived with the Atlanta Falcons when he split the backfield with Devonta Freeman. Those days are long gone, but Coleman is hopeful to bounce back with the Jets. There is a chance he makes the final roster, as New York will utilize a running back committee in their backfield. However, with three young players on the roster, Coleman could be the odd man out.
The Jets drafted Michael Carter in the 2021 NFL Draft and are hopeful he makes an immediate impact. Meanwhile, Ty Johnson did well with his opportunities last year and likely guaranteed himself a spot on the final roster. Lamical Perrine wasn't impressive last year, but he still has the potential to become a major contributor in the Jets' offense. We'll see how it plays out, but the odds are against Coleman at this moment.
New York has done a great job building their offensive line. It seemed to be a priority the last few years before they decided to replace Sam Darnold with Zach Wilson. For that reason, Chuma Edoga is on the outside looking in and has an uphill battle to make the final roster. Mekhi Becton locks down the starting left tackle spot and the Jets have multiple players competing for the backup role.
Edoga wasn't very impressive since joining the Jets in 2019. New York took a chance on him in the 2019 NFL Draft, but he hasn't improved the way the coaching staff had hoped. With a sturdy starting lineup and plenty of competition for backup roles, Chuma Edoga's time is running short in New York.