BALTIMORE - OCTOBER 2: Colin Baxter #64 of the New York Jets prepares to snap the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 2. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Jets 34-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
There have been a couple late moves by the Jets. Most notably, C Colin Baxter has been waived from the 53-man roster. Baxter played relatively well as a backup to C Nick Mangold, especially on such short notice and being a UDFA. If he clears waivers, it sounds like he will be placed on the practice squad. As much as people may not like to hear this, I think the current plan if Mangold gets hurt is to insert G Matt Slauson at center and put Vlad Ducasse at left guard. Ducasse has played a few snaps as a jumbo TE to bolster the run game and has surprisingly done very well in that role, making at least three key blocks this past game.
The Jets also signed former Eagles OLB Ricky Sapp from Clemson to the practice squad. Sapp was a fifth round pick of the Eagles from last year. He was projected as a 3-4 OLB, however the Eagles run a 4-3 defense, so that may explain why he was cut. Sapp is 6'4" and 254 pounds. He spent all of last year on IR with a knee injury and was cut during training camp this year. According to Rich Cimini. The Jets were very interested in signing Sapp.
I'm content with both of these moves. Ideally Baxter would not have to be cut, but I have faith that Slauson, Ducasse, and backup Caleb Schlauderaff to get the job done. I'm curious as to who the Jets will sign to the 53-man roster in his place. Sapp has a lot of potential, hopefully he isn't just injury prone. He's a bit of a tweener for his position, but when has size ever stopped Rex from playing a person? What do you all think of these personnel changes?