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Jets highlight former fan favorite in Week 2, signaling veteran’s absence

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Saturday has become “Elevation Day” in the modern NFL era. With kick-off less than 24 hours away, teams are announcing any training squad reinforcements suitable for the upcoming game.

Last week, the New York Jets just went for it Elevate offensive tackle Grant Hermanns but according to team reporter Ethan Greenberg, they’re calling two reserves in week 2. First up will be Hermanns again, but this time tight end Kenny Yeboah will join him.

These are very insightful decisions by head coach Robert Saleh and his staff. This selection not only signals players who might miss the Cleveland game, but also ensures that there will be a starter or two out there.

We start with Hermanns getting his second chance as the primary backup behind George Fant and rookie Max Mitchell. The Purdue UDFA was not asked to take the field in Week 1, but its presence implies that veteran Conor McDermott is still ill ankle injury that has sidelined him since training camp.

It’s also important to note that the Jets are running out of heights with Hermanns. Under NFL rules, Saleh and the front office can only use three raises for each individual player in 2022.

This means the Jets can only use one more one-day promotion on Hermanns before they have to add him to the active roster.

The bigger story this time around is probably Yeboah. After failing to make an impact in his rookie season, the fan-favorite tight end was replaced with a position overhaul for both the short and long term – Tyler Conklin, CJ Uzomah, Lawrence Cager and rookie Jeremy Ruckert.

Against the Browns, Yeboah could have his chance to make up for lost time. As with Hermanns, this move also signals a few potential inactives for tomorrow.

First up is tight end room veteran Uzomah, who was listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury on Friday. The other is Ruckert, who was inactive in the home opener.

In theory, the Jets could bag the rookie and scratch someone like Cager, who struggled against the Baltimore Ravens, but the safe bet is Yeboah’s rise means Staff Ruckert isn’t ready for NFL action just yet.

On the other side of the coin, it looks like punter Braden Mann will play Sunday. The Jets, who were called questionable in the final injury report with a follow-up call, could potentially have promoted veteran Ty Long for Week 2. However, now that the drill team’s announcements are official, it seems Mann may get the start after all.

Saleh initially called both Uzomah and Mann game-time decisions.

The last name to watch out for is safety Jordan Whitehead. Saleh told reporters the 2022 free-agent acquisition will “try and get started” on Sunday, but the Jets are covered either way with veteran Will Parks added to the active roster.

Assuming Whitehead plays, it will be interesting to see if Saleh disables Parks – or a less proven player like Ashtyn Davis or rookie Tony Adams.

The Browns will Reportedly increase two Also train squad players for the Week 2 duel – linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk and defensive tackle Roderick Perry.

Describing the moves, Brandon Little of Brown’s Digest of Sports Illustrated said: “Most notable is Perry, who will provide extra help down center on defense. Kunaszyk has played 27 games in his career, including last week’s game against the Carolina Panthers. He will wear the No. 5 with the Browns. Perry played his college football in Illinois, where he started 50 games.”

Aside from a few other idle choices, the Jets-Browns lineup map is pretty much set. Will wide receiver Denzel Mims stay on the shelf? Will the Saleh attract another pass rusher like Bryce Huff this time, or grow big on the defensive line against another hard rushing attack?

NFL teams may dress a maximum of 48 players on game day 2022. Taking Hermanns and Yeboah into account, that means seven members of the 53-man roster will be inactive in Week 2.

You can already include most of this group – Zach Wilson, Uzomah, McDermott, Ruckert (most likely) and one of the five safeties. two to go.

Describing the moves, Brandon Little of Brown’s Digest of Sports Illustrated said: “Most notable is Perry, who will provide extra help down center on defense. Kunaszyk has played 27 games in his career, including last week’s game against the Carolina Panthers. He will wear the No. 5 with the Browns. Perry played his college football in Illinois, where he started 50 games.”



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