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Jets highlight fascinating hybrid talent and reunite with Veteran Cut

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We know how much this New York Jets coaching staff loves athletes. In Week 12, they’ll give a rare quarterback-linebacker hybrid its first taste of action with the franchise.

That Jet’s Twitter account informed Fans and members of the media announced that former Minnesota Vikings third-round third-round pick Chazz Surratt would be taking on the Chicago Bears. He will be joined by veteran defensive tackle Tanzel Smart – who will spell out injured starter Sheldon Rankins for the second game in a row.

They also officially activated right tackle Max Mitchell from injured reserve. There was one vacancy in the 53-man roster after the Jets waived linebacker Marcell Harris on Thanksgiving.

in one corresponding movementthe Jets also re-signed Harris to the practice team and cut off offensive lineman Chris Glaser.

“Glaser (6-4, 306) signed with the Green & White on Aug. 9 after spending time with [Kansas City] Chiefs and signed with the Practice Squad [on] September 21,” team reporter Ethan Greenberg wrote. “He was released and re-signed on October 19. He signed with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent from Virginia in 2022.”

Surratt was expected to fill Harris’ signature role as a reserve linebacker and core special teamer against the Bears. The 25-year-old talent played nine games for the Vikings in 2021 and posted 98 snaps on special teams.

NFL Network drafting expert Lance Zierlein described Surratt as something of a brute during his drafting cycle — which isn’t surprising given his move from QB to linebacker.

“The tape shows a player who is still very inconsistent and insecure when it comes to assessing events, the angle of attack and sensing the development of the game,” scouted Zierlein. “You look up though and he has chalked the stat sheet again. Surratt’s transition from quarterback to prolific linebacker speaks to his tenacity and athletic ability. Even with underdeveloped linebacker instincts, he still finds his way to football thanks to his unwavering determination combined with physical talent.”

Zierlein added that Surratt “is known for his work ethic, so improvement is likely.” He also noted that the former North Carolina product showed a lot of promise as a future special team ace.

The other headliner was Mitchell’s Activation. Jets fans knew this was coming after head coach Robert Saleh opened the rookie’s 21-day training window on Nov. 16.

“[Mitchell] injured his knee in week 4 in Pittsburgh and missed the last five games,” said Greenberg. “Mitchell, a fourth-round pick from Louisiana in 2022, started the first three games for Green & White in proper tackles. By the start of week four, he had made the most snaps of any rookie tackle with 232. Mitchell competed at LT, LG and RT for the Ragin Cajuns, with most of his starts ending up in correct tackle, including all 13 as a senior in 2021.

The question is – how soon will Mitchell be back on the grid? That answer could be tomorrow and that’s a fair guess based on the performance of Cedric Ogbuehi in his place.

According to Pro Football Focus, the fill-in has allowed nine quarterback pressures in his four appearances (three starts). Five of those stresses came during the Week 8 loss to the New England Patriots.

His barrel blocking was even worse, with a pathetic 48.0. It’s no surprise that the Jets’ fast attack has hit a wall in recent weeks.

Assuming he’s healthy and ready to go, Mitchell would definitely start over Ogbuehi. He was more consistent, not to mention the plan to develop him into the bookend of the future in right tackle.

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