The New York Jets officially announced two minor moves yesterday, as they signed safety DeAngelo Smith and defensive end Jay Richardson. We reported last week that the Jets had interest in Smith, while their pursuit of Jay Richardson was under the radar. In reality, both of these moves seem unlikely to have any impact on the 53-man roster.
It is interesting that the New York Jets made two moves for players that didn't play last season on the same day. DeAngelo Smith last saw NFL action in 2009, while Jay Richardson last played in 2010. It's worth noting that over the first three years of his career, 2007-2009, Richardson totaled sevens sacks for the Oakland Raiders. The Jets may be sniffing around to see if he has anything left in that department, given the team's desperate need for pressure on the quarterback.
Ultimately, it is unlikely that these two players make the opening day roster. The Jets are always stacked in the secondary, and their defensive line depth was greatly bolstered last season by way of the NFL Draft. It's tough to find a way that these two players would really add something to the mix and contribute on Sundays. The Jets willt ake a look during training camp, but expect them to end up as camp casualties.
All in all it was a pretty quiet day at Florham Park as voluntary workouts started. Santonio Holmes did ruffle a few feathers on his conference call as he fired away some chippy answers, but nothing too inflammatory. Aaron Maybin re-signed with the Jets, the team signed Smith and Richardson, and they have now officially turned the page over to 2012.
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