New York Jets' Rookie Progress Report Through First 4 Games

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IOctober 2, 2012

New York Jets' Rookie Progress Report Through First 4 Games

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    After four games of the 2012 season, the New York Jets do not look like the playoff team they aspired to be in the preseason. 

    Gang Green are lucky to be 2-2, and they are coming off an embarrassing 34-0 loss at home to the San Francisco 49ers

    The Jets have also been decimated by injuries, as their two biggest playmakers, Santonio Holmes and Darrelle Revis, are out for extended periods of time.  

    Everything seems to be going wrong for the Jets.

    To add to the team's troubles, the rookie class has had very little impact through four games.

    A promising group of players could end up being another disappointing draft class for Mike Tannenbaum and the Jets.

    Here is the progress report for the six rookies currently on New York's roster.  

Josh Bush

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    Sixth-round pick Josh Bush has had a minimal impact four games into the season. 

    The Wake Forest product has barely seen the field, and he has recorded just three tackles. 

    While the 23-year-old has impressed the coaching staff in practice, he has been unable to elevate his game on Sundays. 

    With the Jets boasting such a deep secondary, Bush will have a hard time separating himself from the pack this season. 

    Grade: C

Quinton Coples

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    Quinton Coples has been a massive disappointment so far in his brief NFL career. 

    New York's first-round pick has recorded just six tackles through the first four games. 

    Coples hasn't been the pass-rusher the Jets hoped he'd be. He has been consistently dominated at the line of scrimmage by opposing offensive lineman, and he has created little pressure on the quarterback. 

    With so much invested in him, the North Carolina product has to up his game as the season rolls along. 

    Grade: D

Demario Davis

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    Demario Davis hasn't seen the field much in the first four games of his NFL career, but he has impressed in limited time. 

    The third-round pick has been a special-teams ace, recording a couple nice tackles to limit return gains. 

    Due to the Jets' outstanding inside linebacker corps, it will be hard for Davis to push himself up the depth chart in his rookie year. 

    However, his outstanding effort and attitude could help him become a starter in a few seasons.

    Grade: B- 

Jonathan Grimes

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    Jonathan Grimes was signed off the Houston Texans' practice squad last week to increase running-back depth. 

    The move was a smart one, as Houston has definitely been able to find star running backs who had been previously overlooked in the draft (Arian Foster) in the past. 

    Grimes has decent speed and above-average agility, but he is a long shot to see carries in his rookie season. 

    However, he has only been on the roster a week, so we can not grasp his full potential just yet. 

    Grade: INC

Damon Harrison

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    Damon Harrison is another rookie who has made no impact a quarter of the way through the season. 

    The undrafted William Penn product hasn't been on the field once this season, despite the Jets' struggles in run defense. 

    New York ranks an abysmal No. 29 in the league against the run. A big presence such as Harrison in the middle certainly couldn't hurt them. 

    Expect the 350-pounder to see more playing time as the season wears on and injuries take a toll up front for the Jets. 

    Grade: C

Stephen Hill

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    No one knows what to make of Stephen Hill through four games. 

    The second-round pick out of Georgia Tech entered the league with flying colors. He recorded an outstanding five catches, 89 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut. 

    However, it has been all downhill from there.

    The speedy wideout has struggled with drops on a consistent basis.  

    Hill was targeted a combined nine times against the Steelers and Dolphins, but he was unable to catch a single ball thrown his way. 

    The 21-year-old has also dealt with a nagging hamstring injury, and he was forced to sit out last week against the 49ers. 

    Hill has to improve his game, especially with Santonio Holmes out an extended period of time. 

    Grade: C-