Last week the New York Jets announced their training camp schedule to begin later this month on July 26th in Cortland, NY. After some recent roster moves they have three spots remaining on their 90-man roster going into that camp set to begin in just under three weeks. We will speculate on some possible names to help fill a few needs before camp opens.
Blocking Tight End
The one most glaring need that still needs to be addressed is replacing Matthew Mulligan, who was the New York Jets' main blocking tight end in 2011. While they do have two possibilities already on the roster in Dedrick Epps and Josh Baker, neither has had that much playing experience to be counted on to take on such a task in the Jets new offense under Tony Sparano. One name that has been linked to the Jets is Visanthe Shiancoe. He is formerly of the Minnesota Vikings after starting his career in New York for the Giants. He stands 6-4, and weighs around 240 pounds, so not the most prototypical blocking tight end but he would add a veteran presence behind Dustin Keller to help solidify the group of tight ends that also includes Jeff Cumberland and former rugby star Hayden Smith.
The incumbent punter is T.J. Conley, who did not exactly thrill anyone with great numbers last season. The Jets have brought in Travis Baltz to compete for the job, but he has very little experience punting in the NFL after being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Colts last year, then waived during their final roster cuts before week one. Mat McBriar, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection in 2006 and 2010, who is currently a free agent after playing for the Cowboys. He would bring his veteran presence to a position that is often overlooked at controlling opponents field position, unless they are pinned back deep in there own territory. Something the Jets need to have the ability to do and let loose their defense to overwhelm the opposing offense more often.
True Free Safety
In the offseason and the 2012 NFL Draft the Jets added a lot of talent at the safety position: LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell, Josh Bush and Antonio Allen. The problem is that none of them are really free safeties that are the "field general" that calls out the defensive coverages based on the formations seen at the line of scrimmage. Jim Leonhard is still a free agent, and still could return to gang green, as has been often speculated, since when he was healthy that was his special skill in the Jets defensive backfield.
We have looked into our crystal ball once again to help predict whom the New York Jets may look at adding to their roster prior to the opening of training camp to help fill some needs. Lets hope the Jets take heed so they don't let any talented players available slip through there grasp, especially to any division opponent, or any team on their 2012 schedule.
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