These six weeks between minicamp and training camp are usually reserved for contemplating what may lie ahead. However, could we expect some final tweaks to the roster before veterans report to training camp?
Looking at Joe Douglas' history since taking the Jets' job, this could be a possibility. Last year, the Jets signed Morgan Moses in late June. In 2020, they made the Jamal Adams trade three days before veterans were due to report in late July. 2019 saw them re-signing Ryan Griffin just one day before the veteran report date. Douglas had only been in the role for about six weeks when that move was reported.
The only other moves the team made in these periods were minor releases/retirements and signing their draft picks. The Jets will hope to sign Breece Hall and their two fourth rounders (Max Mitchell and Micheal Clemons) before camp begins and preferably before the rookies are due to report. Everyone else is already signed.
Interestingly, not many fourth round picks have been signed around the league. Initially there was an NFLPA dispute with players being advised not to sign deals until a minor issue had been resolved. The Texans then threw a wrench in the works by signing running back Dameone Pierce to a signing bonus that was $25K higher than projected for a player drafted at that slot. This has several players drafted in the same round seeking a similarly generous signing bonus. Hopefully this can be ironed out easily enough over the next month.
Potential signings in the pipeline could include tackle Riley Reiff, linebacker Kwon Alexander and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi. All three veterans worked out with the Jets recently and the team is reportedly still interested in each of them. This was the same situation as the Moses signing last year, so perhaps we could see one or more of these moves completed within the next few weeks.
Based on Douglas' first three years, it seems unlikely that there won't be any moves made, especially with these three potential moves still on the horizon.
Douglas did actually tell SNY's Jeané Coakley in a recent interview that his plans for the next six weeks are to make the most of the downtime and spend some time with his family so he isn't making it sound like he's going to be particularly busy. However, it seems likely the Jets could still make at least one more before camp is underway because they're probably just waiting for each players to decide whether to accept a standing offer.
We'll obviously update you if any moves are made and break down any new additions in detail, as usual.