There are many players on the New York Jets heading into huge years. While some of these players are solid and are trying to earn a big contract, others may be cut if they fail to perform. There are several cut candidates at the beginning of the season, typically for players who underperform the prior year. Below, I will name five Jets players who are in make-or-break seasons regarding their team status.
#5: RG Greg Van Roten
In the 2020 offseason, Jets general manager Joe Douglas did his best to bolster their offensive line after a terrible line in 2019. One of the linemen New York signed was former Panthers and Packers right guard Greg Van Roten. Joe Douglas signed him for three years hoping he could fill a spot at right guard.
However, his 2020 season was quite a disappointment. His PFF grade in 2020 was 63.0, and it should even be worse is how he played. Though he will most likely get cut this offseason, it isn’t out of the question he becomes the backup if he underperforms in training camp and during the season.
#4 CB Bless Austin
As many know, the Jets cornerback room is among the worst NFL. In an attempt to fix that, New York drafted multiple corners this draft, signaling that they want an upgrade at the position. One of the players who could be on the hot seat and replaced soon is Bless Austin. Austin is headed into his third NFL season and it is a big one. After showing some promise as a rookie in 2019, he was simply awful in 2020.
His PFF grade of 51.1 was below average, and regressing from Year 1 to Year 2 isn’t ideal. If Austin doesn’t perform up to expectations in 2021, he could be on his way out of New York.
#3 LB Blake Cashman
Linebacker Blake Cashman has had many injuries over the course of his young career and that is a big reason why he is on this list. So far in his career, Cashman has played only 11 out of 32 games. As many say “availbility is your best ability”. Cashman hasn’t been healthy at all in his career thus far.
When on the field, while he has the talent, he has yet to put it all together. In 2021, Cashman will have to take a huge step up and stay healthy in order to be promised a roster spot.
#2 TE Chris Herndon
As a rookie in 2018, tight end Chris Herndon was one of the better young tight ends in the league. He posted 502 receiving yards and four touchdowns. However, injuries and a suspension limited him to one game in 2019. Coming into the 2020 season, many thought Herndon was primed for a breakout year. Instead, his 2020 was a complete flop. He was dropping easy passes left and right, and was unwatchable at times.
There is a good chance that Herndon has a bounceback 2021, but if not, then New York will likely move on.
#1 LB C.J. Mosley
In the 2019 offseason, former Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan signed former Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley to a 5 year deal, worth 17 million dollars per year. This was one of many head scratching moves he made that offseason, prior to his firing. After an explosive first game in 2019, many hoped Mosley would be one of the best linebackers in football. However, he was injured and then missed 14 of the last 15 games.
In 2020, Mosley announced he was opting-out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. In two years with the team, he has only played two games. As talented as he is, if he doesn’t perform to expectations in 2021, there could be a trade looming as he is aging.