Jul 05, 2022
Jets 2022 Draft Pick Not a Lock to Make Roster, Says Analyst
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Getty New York Jets rookie Micheal Clemons at the 2022 NFL combine.
The New York Jets appear to have a logjam on the defensive line and those covering the team have offered various solutions.
One is to trade a cheap, promising talent like Bryce Huff or Tim Ward earlier in training camp. Another is to cut a grizzled veteran like Vinny Curry.Or the Jets could just wait out the inevitable preseason injury that always seems to occur.
When you have 15 or so strong candidates for nine or 10 jobs, tough decisions are bound to happen and an NYJ media member made a very bold assertion on July 5.
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If you spend a draft pick on a prospect — especially a fourth-round selection — the expectation is that the said player will make the 53-man roster but Jets X-Factor co-founder and media representative Robby Sabo isn’t so sure.
During a roster projection, the long-time analyst wrote:
At this point, I would not even consider rookie Micheal Clemons a lock to make the initial 53-man roster. If not for rookie status, Curry clearly owns the advantage.
It was a shocking statement but that’s what happens when you have a position as deep as the Jets’ D-line. Sabo did choose Clemons over Curry for his final answer, but even the thought of a mid-round pick being cut probably gives most fans Jachai Polite vibes.
That was a different regime, however. This same Jets coaching staff kept sixth-rounder Jonathan Marshall in 2021, despite him practically redshirting his rookie campaign. They also made sure UDFA Isaiah Dunn was on the 53 to start the year.
Clemons looks like a pass rusher that has real potential and he could end up being a versatile piece for the franchise.
Sabo agreed, admitting: “Carl Lawson and Jermaine Johnson may be the only two locks, interestingly. And while [Robert] Saleh would love to keep Vinny Curry, it’ll be tough to keep him in tow if no injuries occur.”
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A Clemons cut would probably be extremely unlikely but Sabo believes a 2021 draft pick’s release could happen.
Within the article, the Jets X-Factor boss predicted that Marshall will be one of the odd men out on the defensive line. Drafted as a developmental prospect, many are pegging the athletic Arkansas product as the man that could eventually take over for Foley Fatukasi.
I guess Sabo does not see it. He explained that it’s “clear as day” that Quinnen Williams will play the one-technique, nose tackle type role in this leaner 4-3 front.
“Big Q and Sheldon Rankins will move down,” Sabo detailed, “as will John Franklin-Myers, who—based on roster construction—might be in store for a full-time inside role (3-tech). Solomon Thomas is the other extremely talented 3-tech. Although Tanzel Smart and Jonathan Marshall have a shot, this staff loves Nathan Shepherd.”
That last name, Shepherd, should be the main competition for Marshall. Of course, one could argue that Rankins and Thomas aren’t completely safe either.
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Callum Hudson-Odoi tells Chelsea he wants to quit with Newcastle, Leicester and Southampton linked with transfer
CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI has told Chelsea he wants to quit the club, according to reports.
The 21-year-old winger is keen to leave in order to play regular football.1Callum Hudson-Odoi has told Chelsea he wants to leaveCredit: Getty
And Hudson-Odoi's agents have been given permission by Chelsea to negotiate him a move, according to Sky Sports.
In Europe both Borussia Dortmund, who have previously been linked with the England ace, and Juventus are claimed to have shown an interest in taking Hudson-Odoi on loan.
While in the Premier League Fabrizio Romano reports both Southampton and Leicester are keen on bringing Hudson-Odoi in on a temporary deal.
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Elsewhere Newcastle were linked with a swoop last month after being told by Everton that Anthony Gordon is not for sale.
Hudson-Odoi is now expected to make a decision on his future in the next few days.
The winger was not part of the Chelsea squad for yesterday's 1-0 win at Everton.
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He spent much of last season on the sidelines with an Achilles injury.
Now he is back fit, but competition for places at Chelsea mean he would likely struggle for first-team minutes.
Raheem Sterling has added to a forward line this summer that already includes the likes of Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Armando Broja, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Mason Mount.
Hudson-Odoi has been used at wing-back by boss Thomas Tuchel but will not start over Reece James.
As a result the three-cap England international has asked to leave the club.