As expected, the Jets have tried to find some upgrades via the mini-draft:
Jets GM Joe Douglas said he'd be active. He was. Jets were awarded WR Braxton Berrios, DE John Franklin, DB Bennett Jackson and K Kaare Vedvik on waivers.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 1, 2019
Berrios is a small slot receiver who could push Greg Dortch out as the team's punt returner. He was a sixth round pick last year, but spent the season on injured reserve. In preseason with New England, he caught three passes for 45 yards and returned five punts for 46 yards.
Franklin, who has also gone by Franklin-Myers, was also a rookie last year, having been selected in the fourth round. He had two sacks last year in a reserve role playing off the edge, although he is listed at 288 and does occasionally line up inside.
The 27-year old Jackson has yet to make his NFL debut despite being drafted five years ago in the sixth round. Coming from the Ravens, Chad Alexander would have familiarity with him. He had nine tackles and an interception in preseason and could bring some special teams value. He can apparently play cornerback but has mostly been used at safety in NFL preseason action.
Finally, Vedvik is the kicker (who also punts) that the Jets tried to trade for last month. The Vikings got him for a fifth rounder but cut him after he missed all three of his field goal attempts in preseason. The Jets may yet bring in competition for him or retain Taylor Bertolet to compete with him.
In other news, the Giants claimed Eric Smith, but Jachai Polite went unclaimed.
We'll update later with further moves and the corresponding cuts.