Our countdown of the Jets roster now takes a look at Josh Martin.
Name: Josh Martin
Year with Jets: 4th
Projected Role: Rotational edge rusher and special teams ace
His 2017: Martin recorded a second consecutive season with a double digit tackle total on special teams. Still a 2 year, $3.8 million contract seemed awfully pricey for somebody who played exclusively on special teams.
As it turned out, the Jets had bigger things in mind for Martin. They increased his playing time on defense. His 489 snaps were the second most for an outside linebacker on the team behind Jordan Jenkins.
The results were unfortunately nothing special. He posted only 1.5 sacks and 18 total pressures. Martin fared a bit better against the run, but there were also too many instances where he couldn’t set the edge, get off blocks, or execute in space. While he put in some excellent performances like Week 1 in Buffalo, most of his season either saw him making no impact or hurting the defense.
2018 will be a success if: Martin can at least become a functional situational pass rusher to pair with his solid work on special teams. He will be 27 in November. Doing a solid job on special teams just won’t cut it anymore if we are talking about justifying a continued roster spot for more than the minimum.
Odds of making the roster: It seems like the coaching staff and front office like Martin. This makes me believe he will probably make the team. Still, this is not a good enough player to be considered a lock. It wouldn’t be difficult to envision somebody knocking him off the roster. For now we will say he is Probable (75-99%).