New York Jets linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips (# 43) assists Blake Cashman (# 53) in a duel on August 27, 2021.
The New York Jets Week 1 Injury Report had a surprising name on Wednesday, September 8th, earning Sharrod Neasman.
The former Atlanta Falcons defensive back with ties to the Jets Defensive Coordinator Jeff Ulbrich , sustained a hamstring injury and has not exercised since. Apparently the injury was severe enough to transfer the ace of the special teams to the injured reserve.
Not one, but two substitute teams joined the active squad after his departure – safety Adrian Colbert and linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips.
We have placed S Sharrod Neasman on IR and added S Adrian Colbert and LB Del’Shawn Phillips to the active list.
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If you’re doing finger calculations and wondering, isn’t that 54 players on the active list? You’re right. Associated Press Beat reporter Dennis Waszak Jr. helped remove that loophole after General Manager Joe Douglas made the changes.
The final part – “Then they need to be put on the active list” – when the team gets them want to add from the PS. (In other words, they are no longer eligible to be raised) https://t.co/8qdSuKBIak
Technically, this would mean that after Neasman’s move to IR, the Jets actually only have 52 players in the active roster. Douglas has now used his two training team raises for Week 1, but Colbert could stay as fourth security while Neasman is on pause.
Remember, players can return from injured reserves after three games in 2021. That means Neasman won’t be gone until week 4 at the earliest.
Other short-term IR candidates who could be back by then are security colleague Ashtyn Davis, tackling Conor McDermott, tackling Teton Saltes (exercise squad authorized), linebacker Jarrad Davis (less likely) and guard Cameron Clark (unlikely).
The reappearance of Ashtyn Davis, however, could destroy Neasman’s chances of a comeback, even if he is healthy by then.
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The Green & White brought Colbert to training on September 3rd and the security journeyman got a job at the Practice team.
The hard hitter played his best ball with Robert Saleh in San Francisco, but has been bouncing around since then. Most recently, he spent the preseason 2021 with the New England Patriots, which means Colbert could provide some playbook knowledge before the match in week 2 as well.
He’s the perfect replacement for Neasman and an easy choice. In addition to being a competent NFL-caliber security guard with four seasons of experience under his belt, Colbert is also an experienced special-teamer.
The second call is harder to read. The jets are less thin at the linebacker than before, as Quincy Williams was added to the list via waivers. Phillips will be the sixth man in the room when the team goes to Carolina, but like Colbert, he’ll likely only consider special teams.
This coaching staff seems to have an odd fascination with Phillips, who also played for Ulbrich in Atlanta. The 4-3 outside linebacker barely took the field at training camp due to gnawing injuries, but managed to make the training squad against options like Noah Dawkins and Camilo Eifler. The latter two had shown great promise as regulars throughout training and the preseason.
Phillips must have shown something, the question is what? Right now, Ulbrich seems to be his lifeline for the franchise as he tries to prove himself in the role he played on Sunday.
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