The Jets kicked off their roster cut downs with a pair of moves this afternoon, starting with the release of former 6th round pick in 2017 – Elijah McGuire. Another Mike Maccagnan draft pick has been released, a continuous theme we’re seeing when it comes to his players he drafted. I didn’t mind McGuire, I thought he played his best game last year against the Packers and was hopeful he would carry that into the 2019 season. But once the Jets signed running backs Leveon Bell, Ty Montgomery and brought Bilal Powell back I knew it was going to be an uphill battle for McGuire to make this roster. It also doesn’t help that Trenton Cannon continued to perform as a gunner on special teams, using his speed to make as much of an impact as he could. Eli McGuire will find work in this league with another team shortly as he will be a serviceable back for a team that struggles with running back depth.
Also today the Jets have signed former Colts safety Matthias Farley who was waived earlier this week. In three seasons with the Colts he has played in 37 games (16 starts), totally 3 interceptions, 118 combined tackles and 73 solo. Farley a well respected player within the Colts organization will bring a veteran presence to this secondary that is much needed.
We will continue to see Joe Douglas attack this portion of the offseason this weekend, trying to round out the roster as best he can before heading into week 1 next weekend verse the Bills.
Jets president Neil Glat has stepped down today and will be taking on more of a “senior advisor” role. Glat has been with the Jets for more than seven years as the teams president, contributing more on the business end of things rather than actual football decisions. Each teams president carries a different role with different tasks, some teams their president essentially acts as their GM, making most if not all the football decisions that need to be made. As for others, like the Jets and Glat, a team president can be more involved with the behind the scenes business aspect of the organization.
Glat stepping down opens the door for the Jets to bring in more of a football mind to take over as president. Could it be Joe Douglas who becomes the team president and essentially controls the entire organizations football operation? Or does Joe Douglas have somebody in mind who can come into this role who he also works well with? This is something to keep an eye on over the next few days as the Jets continue to overhaul the state of the franchise. 2019 will now feature a new head coach and coaching staff, a new GM and now a new president. Personally, I would love for Douglas to be named the president or bring in someone per his recommendation who he can work alongside moving forward. We will have to wait and see what direction the Jets decide to go in for this new hire.
The Jets are determined to bring in as many secondary bodies as possible and let the best players earn their spots. Today Joe Douglas and the Jets have reached a deal with the Colts to acquire cornerback Nate Hairston for their second 2020 6th round pick. Assistant GM, Rex Hogan, was with the Colts before taking his new role with the Jets a few months ago. You have to think he was involved with this move after being around the player during his time with his former team. I am confident in the approach Douglas has taken since becoming the GM, he continues to try and improve this roster down any avenue that is necessary. I anticipate more moves to come as cut downs for all teams will begin Thursday and into the weekend.