The season is only two weeks away and all over the NFL, teams are looking at fierce position battles. Even the New York Jets currently have a plethora of position battles, from their honorable defensive end position, to inside linebacker, to the dreaded right tackle position. But as soon as these battles end and the cuts begin, the Jets have a lot of decisions to make.
Hopefully, somehow, the Jets can cut the roster down to a small enough size so they can give these five players a look.
1. Jason Smith, OT, St. Louis Rams
If you know much about the Rams or are a Rams fan (sorry for your loss), then you know that Jason Smith has not even played close to his potential. He rarely sees the field due to health issues and when he does see the field, he isn't very dominant. But fear not, he recovered from his injury after this past offseason.
But of course, the potential is there. He was the second overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft. And sure, you could argue that the draft was full of duds, but that's no reason to believe he can't save his sinking career.
Luckily for the Jets, Smith is losing to recently signed offensive tackle Barry Richardson in their position battle. The Jets shouldn't have to give up more than a conditional fifth-round pick, and with his immense potential, who's to say that the Jets would find a better prospect in the fifth round?
2. Jerome Harrison, RB, Free Agent
Just four years ago, he had over 1000 all-purpose yards and seven TDs. What happened since then? He was on multiple teams with little opportunity to move up the depth chart. His big-play ability is undeniable, better than that of Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell.
He would be a deep sleeper in this offense, one who could end up with 500 all-purpose yards, usurping McKnight as the deep threat pass-catcher.
3. Roy Williams, WR, Free Agent
With three of the projected top four receivers injured, the Jets not only have a long-term need at receiver, they need immediate help in the short-term. Roy Williams, although considered a bust since being traded to Dallas, has been a consistent 500-yard producer. He may have lost a step (he's 31 years old), but he could still fill in admirably in place of Chaz Schilens, or barring injury, Stephen Hill/Santonio Holmes.
4. Ben Graham, P, Detroit Lions
TJ Conley is a joke. If you didn't know that, watch the Metlife Bowl 2012. Ben Graham is a former Jets punter who is known to have a monster boot. He has good hang-time, and as a Jet, was somewhat consistent. He'd be welcome compared to TJ Conley, who has overstayed his welcome. Seeing as how teams rarely carry two punters, Graham would be cut and signed by the Jets.
5. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Well by now it's obvious that no player available is better than Maurice Jones-Drew. Depending on how much the Jets can get him for, this would be one of their best transactions in recent memory. This would immensely boost the offensive output and the quarterbacking game would become much less important and correlative to their success.
What do you think about these? Are any of them worth it? Leave your thoughts in the comment box. Thanks for reading.