The Jets have only four wide receivers on the active roster, with Clowney, Jerricho Cotchery, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith, and could be looking for one on waivers. New York has also said it would be interested in bringing back Laveranues Coles, who was cut last week, after the first week of the season.
Woodhead and Washington had solid performances this summer, but it was a mild surprise that the Jets kept both. They give New York seven running backs, including Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson, struggling fourth-round pick Joe McKnight, and fullbacks Tony Richardson and fifth-round pick John Conner.
Woodhead, generously listed at 5-foot-9, is shifty and can also line up at wide receiver. Washington is a physical runner who also stood out on special teams as a tackler. Both outplayed McKnight, who had three fumbles, in the preseason.
“With Joe, obviously, he was a little bit more inconsistent than we had hoped in the preseason,” Tannenbaum said. “There’s going to be a number of spots that are going to be up for grabs in practice, and Joe’s going to have to go out there and earn it.”
New York also has an unusually high number of tight ends, keeping Dustin Keller, Ben Hartsock, Matt Mulligan and Jeff Cumberland. However, the roster could _ and likely will _ still change Sunday, when players who appeared safe Saturday will be waived.
“We’re about 2-to-3,000 calories away from finalizing this roster,” Tannenbaum said. “I’m very optimistic that that’s on the low end. It’s amazing how many pretzel M&M’s have been shipped in here.”
He expects the Jets will put in some waiver claims, with the deadline at noon EDT on Sunday.
“We’ll be here for quite a while tonight, I’m sure of that,” Tannenbaum said.