By Reid McEvoy
Tonight the New York Jets will take on the Philadelphia Eagles in East Rutherford for the final game of the preseason. Come this Sunday, over 1,000 players will be cut to reduce the 90-man preseason rosters to the 53-man regular season roster.
For the Jets, plenty of new faces have been introduced for the final week. They include:
Thomas Hennessy, LS: Acquired via trade from the Colts for the currently injured safety, Ronald Martin, he will give longtime Jets veteran Tanner Purdum serious competition.
Terrance Brooks, S: Acquired via trade from the Eagles, in exchange for cornerback Dexter McDougle, he will provide depth behind developing rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.
Kony Ealy, DE: Claimed off waivers from the Patriots, he may have been claimed to make a Sheldon Richardson trade possible. If a Richardson trade is to occur, it might cause family issues, as Ealy and Richardson are cousins.
Armageddon Draughn, S: Signed out of free agency, he will also be playing backup safety, and will have to really show something to remain a Jet.
In other roster news, defensive tackle Devon Still was released to make room on the roster for Ealy.
Tonight’s game may feature the up-and-down quarterback play of Bryce Petty, who sustained a minor MCL injury last week but could play. He has been the team’s best quarterback on paper, but has played mostly with and against backups. Christian Hackenberg will also get playing time, while Josh McCown, the starter, could sit out once again.
This game will feature Jets management paying extreme attention to Ealy, as well as the two new safeties, along with the rest of the fringe players on the roster. This will be the most telling game as to who does and doesn’t grab the final spots on the roster.