Our Jets roster countdown now moves on to Travis Swanson.
Name: Travis Swanson
Year with Jets: 1st
Projected Role: Backup center
His 2017: Swanson was limited to 11 games due to knee and ankle injuries as well as a late season concussion. 2017 was the second consecutive campaign Swanson ended with a concussion. There aren’t many stats to use at the center position, but the general consensus I have found from people who found the Lions was that 2017 was a disappointing year for Swanson after a promising 2016.
2018 will be a success if: Swanson provides the Jets with a capable backup on the interior offensive line. The starting center and both starting guard spots are set in stone, but depth is up in the air. Swanson, who is unrelated to Ron, the former director of the Parks and Recreation department of Pawnee, Indiana, had an up and down career with the Lions but has 42 games of starting experience and put together a solid 2016 campaign. He probably is a cut above the typical backup.
Odds of making the roster: On a cheap deal and accounting for less than $400,000 in dead money if cut, Swanson is not a lock to make the team if he is outperformed in training camp by multiple backup offensive line candidates. If all things are equal, however, his resume will probably earn him a roster spot. I say More Likely Than Not (50-75%).