In their second off-season under Todd Bowles the Jets had several big hurdles to overcome. Ryan Fitzpatrick walked into free agency and stayed there and D’Brickashaw Ferguson retired leaving holes in the Jets offense that needed filling. During the draft the Jets concentrated on defense and bought in several fresh faces who could end up costing veterans their job. So who’s on the bubble in New York?
Khiry Robinson, RB
The Jets didn’t draft a running back this year, but they did splash out in free agency on one. Gang Green handed veteran Matt Forte a 3 year, $12 million deal and then brought Bilal Powell back on a similar sized contract. With 5 backs currently on the roster and the fact that cutting Robinson would save almost $1 million in cap space it’s likely we’ll be seeing Robinson elsewhere by the time teams cut down to 53.
Geno Smith, QB
The Jets know Geno isn’t a viable starting option in the NFL. That much should be clear to them by now. They can save $1 million on the cap this year by cutting him, and if they can bring in Ryan Fitzpatrick for a year or two while 2nd round pick Christian Hackenberg develops then they should absolutely move on from Smith. Even if they don’t sign Fitzpatrick the Jets have Bryce Petty on the roster, who is no worse than Smith.
Breno Giacomini, RT
The Jets are well stocked with offensive linemen. They bought Ryan Clady in to fill the left tackle spot, drafted Brandon Shell in the 5th round and have Colts former 2nd round pick Ben Ijalana, and that’s just at the tackle position. Were the Jets to cut Giacomini they could save a massive $4 million, helping them bring Ryan Fitzpatrick back in. What might save Giacomini’s roster spot is Ryan Clady’s long injury history. The Jets might feel they need a bit more insurance at the tackle position than your average team.