The New York Jets elected not to use practice team raises in Week 3, but that trend will not continue against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On October 1, team reporter Ethan Greenberg announced that the coaching staff would call up linebacker Hamsah Nasirildeen and offensive tackle Grant Hermanns. This is the first time the second-year defender has contributed to the active squad – provided he plays on Sunday.
Hermanns, on the other hand, has already been lifted twice. Under NFL rules, this is the last time the Jets can promote the blocker without signing him with the official 53.
Jets strengthen LB & OT after injuries
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Gang Green has decided to build mass at the two positions where they have been plagued by injuries in recent weeks. Indeed, ESPN’s Rich Cimini predicted these two surveys the night before on September 30th.
Offensive tackle is more obvious. It’s been a problem since Mekhi Becton’s training camp ended and it’s only been downhill from there.
The Jets already have four veterans signed to O-tackle if you count Conor McDermott, who re-signed after being cut in August. The others are Duane Brown (IR), Cedric Ogbuehi and Mike Remmers – but the latter two only joined the organization this week.
McDermott will start in left tackle in Pittsburgh, with Hermanns and Ogbuehi on the list in a pinch. Rookie Max Mitchell will book his fourth straight start with the right tackle.
Promotion of Nasirildeen is useful in two ways. With Quincy Williams injured, he will initially serve as linebacker depth behind starters CJ Mosley, Kwon Alexander and Marcell Harris – who stepped into Williams’ role last week. The elevation would come as the fifth LB behind fellow 2021 draft pick Jamien Sherwood.
He would also help in special teams. Nasirildeen had his troubles transitioning to linebacker, but he has always displayed strong ability in Brant Boyer’s ST unit.
These are good decisions by head coach Robert Saleh and his staff.
Jets Insider forecast inactive week 4
Speaking of Mr. Cimini, the longtime NYJ beat reporter has a great habit of predicting the Sunday inactives the night before they perform.
For the Week 4 clash with the Steelers Cimini tweeted The following: “Projecting Jets inactives; QB Mike White, WR Denzel Mims, TE Lawrence Cager, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, LB Quincy Williams, DL Jacob Martin, S Will Parks. A guess that DE Bryce Huff will be active. CB Bryce Hall could be up because Brandin Echols is busy [a] paralyze [ailment].”
If Cimini is correct, it will be Huff’s first time competing in 2022. Fans have been begging to see the pass rusher in action after his stellar preseason finale against the New York Giants.
The Jets’ defensive line didn’t live up to their preseason billing this fall. Maybe Huff is the spark plug that makes this device work.
As for his other picks, White makes sense as the third quarterback on the list, and Williams was already marked “out” on the injury report. Mims has also been a healthy scrape every week this season, so that’s a good bet in Pittsburgh, too.
Draft pick Jeremy Ruckert has also replaced Cager in recent weeks after struggling in the opener. This could certainly continue here in week 4.
Martin takes Huff’s place and Ogbuehi has logged very few workouts with the franchise – although I could see Saleh keeping him active with OT as additional insurance. The final prediction is Parks, who is currently the fifth security guard on the list.