Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Recent Jets Cut Clears Waivers, remains with franchise as reserve

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The New York Jets made a series of roster changes on May 6 after reaching an agreement with five undrafted free agents.

Three players ended up being cut — although others have since been fired — running back Austin Walter, offensive lineman Isaiah Williams and safety Zane Lewis. Yesterday, May 9th, they cleared waivers and agreed to stay with the franchise.

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After our own Heavy on Jets reporter Michael Obermüller“Zane Lewis will stay [with the] Jets, after being initially waived on May 6th, joining the reserve/physically unfit list.

The defender was released with a “failed physical designation”. per Pro Football Network reporter Aaron Wilsonbut the Jets have decided to keep him in the organization for now.

Lewis was sidelined with a season-ending patellar tendon tear, which occurred the same week of training camp that Carl Lawson was injured. The 6-foot-1 safetyman has yet to appear in an NFL game after joining the league in 2020. Before that, he played 30 games for the Air Force — a total of 94 tackles (five losses), 21 passes defended, one interception and one forced fumble.

He will not count towards the Jets’ 90-man roster for mandatory minicamp.

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General Manager Joe Douglas has done a great job of enhancing the organizational depth of this franchise. The goal is to ultimately have quantity and quality, but certain position groups have taken a back seat to others this offseason.

For example, cornerback and tight end have seen a big focus from Douglas this spring, while safety and linebacker could use some work.

The Jets’ current security group has many bodies — the quantitative part of the equation — but the quality of the unit is unclear. Jordan Whitehead was brought in as an every down starter. After him it will be dark.

Douglas decided to re-sign veterans like Lamarcus Joyner and Will Parks rather than pursue a bigger name in free agency or in the draft. These two will join the likes of youngsters Jason Pinnock, Elijah Riley and Ashtyn Davis in what could become a free-certainty open competition.

Joyner certainly has the edge given his experience, but he’s also working his way back from a losing season in 2021. The veteran also turns 32 in November and should not be considered a guaranteed starter at this point in his career.

That’s not all — the Jets have also signed various safety reserves in recent months, including special team ace Kai Nacua, former Cleveland Browns staffer Jovante Moffatt and undrafted free agent Tony Adams.

Outside of Whitehead, there is very little certainty about this position in 2022. Gang Green will most likely be hoping that one of their prospects will surpass Joyner as the season progresses.

Failing that, Douglas can look for a more permanent solution in 2023.

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Outside of Whitehead, there is very little certainty about this position in 2022. Gang Green will most likely be hoping that one of their prospects will surpass Joyner as the season progresses.



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