For many of the former Jets we’ve been keeping tabs on throughout preseason, last week will have been their final chance to establish their role during preseason. However, for others, this is where it starts to get really interesting.
Anyone on the bubble is potentially going to get a lot of reps on Thursday night and those that flourish could yet find themselves contributing with their new teams this season.
Let’s see who produced in week three:
Muhammad Wilkerson - DL, Packers
After an 85-point shootout in their previous game, the Packers defense was much better this week, as they went to halftime tied at 3-3. Wilkerson played his part as he was in on two run stuffs. However, he didn’t generate any pressure and also had a missed tackle.
Demario Davis - LB, Saints
Davis was credited with three tackles this week, all of them on short passes as he played into the second half. On one of them, he made the stop short of the marker on third down, but another saw the fullback pick up 11 on 3rd-and-6. Davis also had one missed tackle.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TE, Jaguars
Seferian-Jenkins at last made his first catch of the preseason, when his 14-yarder set up a field goal just before halftime. His only other target was intercepted though. He didn’t make much of an impact as a blocker.
Chandler Catanzaro - PK, Bucs
Catanzaro made three extra points and a 42-yard field goal in the Lions’ come-from-behind win, but missed an extra point wide right. He had four touchbacks on his five kickoffs.
Bryce Petty - QB, Dolphins
Petty was held out of last week’s game with an oblique injury, as he remains the fourth choice for Miami. He’ll presumably share duties with David Fales on Thursday night.
Christian Hackenberg - QB, Eagles
Hackenberg has yet to see any preseason action with the Eagles, but buckle up because Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has said he will play against the Jets on Thursday night.
Jeremy Kerley - WR, Bills
Kerley had one big play last week, as his only catch was an 18-yarder on 3rd-and-16 in the third quarter. That set up the Bills’ first touchdown. He didn’t get any work on the special teams return units this week.
Wesley Johnson - OL, Lions
Johnson played center with the second unit and right guard with the third unit this week. Once again, he held up quite well, with no pressure surrendered in pass protection, no penalties and had a good block on Theo Riddick’s 10-yard touchdown run.
Kony Ealy - DE, Cowboys
Ealy continues to see action both at end and tackle. He made no impact whatsoever in the most recent game and wasn’t credited with any tackles or pressure.
Julian Stanford - LB, Bills
Stanford didn’t get any defensive reps this week after leaving the game early due to a nose injury, although he did contribute on special teams with a good tackle in punt coverage.
Freddie Bishop - OLB, Lions
Bishop only played three defensive snaps in this game, but made one play, stopping a 3rd-and-long draw play for a short gain.
Damore’ea Stringfellow - WR, Seahawks
Stringfellow saw action last week, but he was not targeted. On special teams, he had a good block on a punt return that went for a touchdown, only for one of his teammates to be called for a hold on the play.
Jojo Natson - WR, Rams
Natson made one nice play this week, as he was able to get to the marker on a 3rd-and-10 pass to the outside. He also drew a defensive penalty on one play. His only other target was a third down incompletion. He didn’t make much of an impact on special teams this week, with a 25-yard kickoff return and a fair catch on a punt.
Marcus Williams - CB, Saints
Williams had an extremely eventful second game with the Saints, headlined by his 58-yard interception return for a touchdown. He also disrupted another pass that was also intercepted and returned for a score, but was called for pass interference on that one. Williams had three tackles on defense and another on a special teams play that was negated by a penalty. He had one run stop, but also gave up a first down on a short pass.
Robert Nelson - CB, Saints
Nelson had a much less eventful game than Williams, as he didn’t record a tackle and was targeted unsuccessfully just once. He did make a tackle on the kickoff coverage unit though.
Korren Kirven - OL, Cowboys
Kirven didn’t get any playing time in the latest game, following a rough performance the previous week with the third unit.
Bucky Hodges - TE, Steelers
Hodges hasn’t made the most of his chances in Pittsburgh as he once again wasn’t targeted off the bench in this game and didn’t do anything to impress with his blocking. Somehow his roster chances have improved as Jesse James hurt his back and the injured Vance McDonald suffered a setback.
Jeremy Langford - RB, Dolphins
Langford got a few touches late in the game last week. His only carry went for two yards, but he also had catches of five, seven and eight yards. The eight-yarder, which would have been a first down, was negated by a penalty.
Edmond Robinson - LB, Cardinals
Robinson was active this week but didn’t see any action on defense or on special teams. He is not expected to make the final roster.
Geoff Gray - OL, Browns
Gray got some screen time on “Hard Knocks” last week, but did not see any action on the field as he has only played a couple of special teams plays since the first preseason game.
Michael Hunter - CB, Broncos
Hunter didn’t play for the second game in a row. He had missed the previous game with migraines.
Travaris Cadet - RB, Bills
Cadet had a meaningless 11-yard gain on the last play of the first half but his other three carries netted just one yard. He did score a touchdown though, at the second attempt from the goal line - only to then be stuffed on the two-point conversion. Cadet was also stopped at the 21 on his only kickoff return.
Marcus Murphy - RB, Bills
Murphy continues to flash as he trends towards winning the third running back role. This week, he rushed for a team-high 58 yards on 11 carries, while adding two short catches and two short punt returns. He had another run for 12 yards called back due to a penalty.
Anthony Johnson - DL, Colts
Johnson returned to the Colts’ line-up this week and had an excellent performance. He was officially credited with one tackle - on a run stuff in the second quarter - and one quarterback hit, but actually created pressure a number of times on a couple of stunts and also by beating his man on the outside and on an inside move.
Will Tye - NE, Patriots
Tye saw plenty of action again but was only targeted once, as Tom Brady tried to hit him downfield on third down but the safety broke it up. He also failed to sustain a couple of blocks in the running game.
Kalif Raymond - WR, Giants
Raymond’s only target as a receiver was easily broken up downfield by Rashard Robinson, but anyone who watched the Jets’ third preseason game would already know that Raymond made an impact against them with punt returns of 35, 10 and 19 yards. However, Hunter Sharp scored a touchdown, so perhaps Raymond won’t win that role. Would the Jets consider bringing Raymond back after previously having given up on him following his costly muff against the Raiders last year?
Jason Vander Laan - TE, Panthers
Vander Laan didn’t get any playing time for the second week in a row, as he remains out of action. He apparently has a knee injury and is still not practicing yet.
Nick Rose, K, Texans
The Jets cut Rose loose before he had a chance to practice with the team. In his first game after having signed with Houston, Rose didn’t fare too well in the Rams’ 21-20 win. He made two extra points and four of his five kickoffs went for touchbacks, but he also missed both of his field goals - a 28-yarder that hit the upright and a 57-yarder as time expired that went wide.
Lord Hyeamang - DT, Rams
The undrafted rookie Hyeamang finally saw his first action, although he was only in for one snap as he came in with the goal line defense as the Texans threw an incomplete pass on 2nd-and-3.
- S Jeremy Cash is out for the season with a knee injury suffered in the first preseason game;
- RB Akeem Judd opted to retire last week;
- DL Claude Pelon signed with Tennessee but then tore his ACL a few days later; and
- TE Zach Conque signed with Jacksonville but was released in June.
Of course there are still several recent departures who aren’t currently with a team, such as Bruce Carter, Courtney Upshaw and Jalin Marshall. We’ll add these to the list if they get a deal.