Yesterday, the Jets announced several roster moves, including successful waiver claims on WR/KR Walt Powell and CB Philip Adams. Jets fans might not know too much about these two players, so I've been looking at game film to try and assess what each of them brings to the table. I'll look at Adams later today, but for now we're assessing Powell.

Powell is a rookie receiver and kick returner who is 5'11" and 189 pounds. The Cardinals selected him in the 6th round of this year's draft but he did not make it through final cuts despite catching six passes for 106 yards and averaging 25.7 yards per kick return in preseason. He replaces Quincy Enunwa on the active roster, with Enunwa likely reverting to the practice squad as long as he clears waivers, which the Jets will hope waiting a day or two makes more likely.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from preseason to evaluate Powell's strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Walt Powell?

Powell was a small school prospect out of Murray State, where he led for three straight years in receiving. He was also a team captain and productive kick and punt returner. At the scouting combine, he ran a disappointing time in the 40-yard dash. However, he was apparently suffering from an injured foot and did much better at his pro day (4.44). Gil Brandt also reported that he put on an impressive display on the field at his pro day, which no doubt factored into the Cardinals picking him up in the sixth round.

Powell apparently impressed at camp and was able to avoid being a final cut for the Cardinals after a solid preseason, only to then be released one day later. The Cardinals have a pretty deep receiver unit so it's a good sign that he was in the mix there.

Although we don't have too much to go on (117 offensive snaps), we can still learn a lot from his preseason performances.

Preseason

Week 1 - v Houston

In this game, Powell caught three passes for 74 yards on four targets and had a tackle on special teams. He made an immediate impact with a 45 yard gain down the sideline. This appeared to be a blown coverage, but he made a nifty move downfield to avoid a safety and pick up 20 extra yards. His next catch saw him gain 18 on an out pattern which he caught high and then turned upfield for some extra yards. His final reception saw him make a first down catch just beyond the marker on a curl route. Powell was also targeted deep on two long bombs down the sideline and had a step each time but the pass was overthrown and sailed out of bounds. One was negated by a penalty anyway. He also had a solid special teams tackle at the 16 on kick coverage. The only real negatives were that he was twice called for holding and also was responsible for an illegal formation penalty.

Week 2 - at Minnesota

Powell was targeted three times in this game, making two nine yard catches. The first of these was on a quick slant for a first down and the second came as he stopped just short of the marker on a timing route. On each occasion he had a defensive back draped all over him. His other target was some kind of a communication breakdown as he ran a deep in-route and the quarterback threw right down the seam. He did have another throw his way, a low throw that he could come up with on a diving attempt, but the defense was offside anyway so this didn't count. Powell had mixed results as a blocker in this game. On one play he motioned to the edge but seemed unsure of who to block and ended up getting in the runner's way and on another he didn't sustain his block on the edge although the runner still was able to make a short yardage conversion. He did make a good open field block on a defensive back on a screen pass though. On special teams, he got work as a gunner, drawing some double team attention but not really getting close to the return man.

Week 3 - v Cincinnati

Powell didn't see much action on offense in this game and wasn't targeted. However, he was used as a return man for the first time. On one kickoff return, he made 24 yards, eluding the first man and then turning the corner before being forced out at the 20. On another though, he slipped as he went to make his first cut and faceplanted at the 15. On one punt return, he made seven yards but that was negated by a hold. Once again, he was flagged for lining up in the wrong spot on offense.

Week 4 - at San Diego

In this game, Powell got plenty of opportunities, with one rushing attempt for two yards, a 14-yard catch on one of his two targets, a chance to field punts and five kick returns. He made the best impact as a kick returner, getting out past the 25 on four of his five attempts. He broke two tackles on his longest return, a 37-yarder, and showed good vision and cuts on the other three. The only time he failed saw him start to go East-West at about the 15 at which point bad blocking led to him being snowed under at the 13. He was less successful as a punt return man, with his longest return being just four yards as he eluded the first man but not the second wave. There was one punt where he perhaps made an ill-advised and awkward catch in traffic.

His one catch was a nice play on 3rd and nine. They looked for him underneath on a short crossing route and he was wide open. The pass was slightly behind him but he adjusted, reversed his field and eluded three defensive players to get past the marker for a gain of 14. His other target saw him tightly covered on a quick slant that was thrown high. They were looking for him on another play, an out pattern where he seemed to be open, but that was batted down at the line. His rushing attempt saw him run an end around pattern behind the quarterback who then pitched it to him on a read option on 3rd and three. He was nailed short of the marker in the open field. Once again he was called for a hold while blocking on a wide receiver screen, as he let his man leverage off the block.

Observations

Based on all the footage watched, here was what Powell brings to the table, divided into categories:

Measurables - As noted, Powell calmed doubts about his lack of speed with a solid forty time at his pro day. However, looking at the rest of his measurables, they're mostly about average. He did have a very good three-cone drill (6.70) and does have big hands, which makes up in part for his short arms. Powell is a bit slight and will probably need to bulk up and add some strength.

Usage - Powell played both in the slot and outside in preseason. He was also put into motion quite a lot, often motioning to the edge of the line as an effective "move TE". In college, he played as the Z receiver which means he can be put into motion and would need quickness and slot-like skills.

Deep threat - While Powell didn't have any deep catches in preseason, he did beat his man deep a couple of times on unsuccessful throws.

Blocking - The Jets have targeted good blockers with most of the receivers they've added of late, but Powell is a bit of a work in progress here. He's definitely a willing blocker, but in the small sample size preseason gave me, there were too many examples of players muscling off his blocks and him having to grab to keep on top of them.

Routes - Powell is fast and can make sharp cuts, but I'd say his route running needs a little refinement. A defensive back was all over him on quite a few of his targets where he might have got better separation by getting deeper into his route, disguising it better or just by being more physical at the break.

Hands - Powell seems to make smooth hands catches. The only two he didn't come up with were a high throw that was on him quickly and a low throw which he dived for. In each case these were practically uncatchable and I wouldn't call them drops. Some of the catches he did make were in tight coverage.

Yards after the catch - Powell made some good plays after the catch on three of his six catches, so there's some definite promise here, especially in an offense like the Jets' which seeks to get playmakers the ball in the open field.

Instincts - Other than the one run blocking play where he looked a little lost and the play where he apparently ran a different route to what the quarterback was expected, there weren't many negative signs here. He was described as smart in the pre-draft process. He did line up in the wrong spot twice, though, causing two illegal formation penalties.

Special Teams - Here's where Powell has a real chance to contribute. Saalim Hakim was not impressive returning kicks in preseason, while Powell was. He seems to read his blocks well and negotiates traffic too. He was less convincing on punt returns, but then again only got to field a handful and didn't make any major errors. He looked okay on kick coverage and when employed as a gunner, but wasn't outstanding in those roles.

Attitude - As a former team captain, Powell's intangibles are highly touted. He's apparently a hard worker and passionate about learning his craft and getting better (which he does need to work at in several areas). He did have an arrest for domestic violence in his past but that was thrown out due to lack of evidence.

Injuries - Powell is healthy at the moment. He did miss the last two games of last season with a foot injury but doesn't appear to have any major medical red flags.

Conclusions

Something to watch for with all these waiver claims is that the team might keep the player for a day or two, then try to sneak them onto their practice squad. It's a tactic the Jets have employed in the past at this time of year. However, if Powell can impress with his kickoff return skills this week, I could see him being active on Sunday. Philip Adams is not eligible, but I could definitely see the Jets taking that approach with Leon McFadden who is, in my opinion, far too green to risk throwing out there for any meaningful snaps.

Powell himself is pretty green as a receiver (although I quite like his potential based on what I saw) but gives the Jets another option who can at least line up there and perhaps have a few special packages to utilise his skill-set. Much like Hakim and Jalen Saunders, it's on special teams where he's going to be able to forge himself a role.

Some stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

 

 

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the eight sacks the Jets' D laid on the Tennessee Titans, as well as Christian Hackenberg's performance. Later, the guys discuss the wide receivers, offensive line, and their expectations for this week's matchup with the Detroit Lions.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to give Josh McCown more playing time.

McCown, who did not get receive any reps at Thursday's practice when the Jets did game-plan prep, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, played the opening drive last week in New York's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but Christian Hackenberg then played the following eight possessions.

Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but left the door open to it by saying, "we'll discuss it."

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New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin tweaked his back and sat out practice Thursday, leaving him uncertain for the preseason game at Detroit on Saturday night.

Mauldin had been dealing with a back issue earlier during training camp, but returned to the field Wednesday. Coach Todd Bowles said the third-year linebacker was inside receiving treatment during practice Thursday.

Bowles added that he was unsure how long Mauldin would be sidelined, but said that he would likely not play against the Lions.

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Looking to gain a physical edge on the field, Jets linebacker Darron Lee gained nine pounds heading into training camp. 

Lee, who was 227 pounds after minicamp ended, is now 236 at training camp. 

"On my conditioning test, everybody was like, 'You look noticeably bigger,'" Lee said, according to the New York Daily News. "Hey, I put in that work."

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Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin showed up to a Manhattan court on Wednesday for his alleged assault of a Queens man, but the case has been delayed because prosecution wasn't ready to file paper work, according to multiple reports

Mauldin had turned himself in to authorities in late June for his alleged role in the nightclub attack that took place on April 2. The New York Post reported on June 21 that Mauldin had been charged with misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum sentence of year in jail.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - In the wake of the ugly riots in Charlottesville, Va., there's a possibility that more NFL players will decline to stand for the national anthem during preseason games this weekend, joining a protest started by Colin Kaepernick last year. So far there's no indication any Jets players will join them.

But if they do, their coach will have their back.

"We don't have a rule book on what's right to protest and not protest," Bowles said at Jets training camp on Wednesday. "You don't know those things until the course of time, whether it's sitting for the anthem, whether it's raising your fist, wither it's speaking out, a walk to Washington -- who's to say whose protest is good or bad?"

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

John Morton seemed to like everything he saw with Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg on Saturday night. He liked his poise, his decisiveness, the decisions he made. It was clearly a step in the right direction.

But was it a big step toward Hackenberg getting the starting job?

That's a question that Morton, the Jets new offensive coordinator, wasn't willing to answer on Tuesday. In fact, Morton made it sound like Hackenberg still has a long ways to go.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets WR Lucky Whitehead, who suffered a broken foot during Monday's practice, will have surgery for the injury, head coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday.

Prior to deciding on surgery, Whitehead was expected to miss four-to-six weeks, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Whitehead joined the Jets after he was released by the Cowboys on July 24. He returend two punts and a kickoff in the Jets' preseason opener. Serving primarily as a returner, he caught three passes for 48 yards for the Cowboys in 2016.

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets running back Matt Forte is missing time in the preseason and training camp due to a hamstring injury for the second year in a row, but told NJ.com's JJ Conrad he feels he is close to returning to the field.

"I'm feeling good, but not good enough to be in full practice yet," Forte said to Conrad on Monday. "I'm just going through what the trainers tell me, easing back in. I don't want to go back out there immediately and get injured again."

Forte, who did not play in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the Jets' preseason opener, said he the trainers are being cautious with him given the nature of hamstring injuries and the fact the veteran running back underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus at the end of last season.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

The Jets have signed undrafted rookie WR Daniel Williams, and waived WR Deshon Foxx, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Williams spent time with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted out of Jackson State (Miss.). Standing at 6-foot-2, 234 pounds, he totaled 184 receptions for 2,497 yards and 19 touchdowns in four years at college. 

Foxx went undrafted as well out of UConn in 2016. He spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before joining the Jets this offseason. The Jets waived him on May 9, but eventually resigned him on May 22. 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

With Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty still early in their NFL careers, Josh McCown is taking a leadership and mentorship role at quarterback in his first season with the Jets. 

"Every quarterback goes out there and they want to finish each drive with a touchdown, so when those things are happening, there is kind of an inner fight of, man, do I need to do more?" McCown said, according to Newsday. "Things happen and you get kind of delayed, but the fight as a quarterback is to stay in the system, stay within the game and don't be greedy and force the ball. So my hat is off to both of them for not doing that."

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SNY's Jonas Schwartz and former NFL guard Willie Colon are live from Jets training camp in Florham Park. The guys open the show with SNY Jets reporter Jeane Coakley to discuss the biggest storylines from camp. Then, they welcome in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who opens up about the troubled start to his NFL career, and how he is a changed man. Later, rookie safety Marcus Maye joins the show to give his thoughts on his first NFL training camp, and how he is adjusting to life in the New York area.

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Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed former Atlanta Falcons defensive back Robenson Therezie after safety Doug Middleton reportedly suffered a torn pec.

Therezie, a 26-year-old free safety, recorded one interception, two passes defensed and 36 combined tackles in 25 games with Atlanta over the past two seasons. He was an undrafted free agent out of Auburn.

Middleton, who was competing for a backup role with New York, recorded six combined tackles and one pass defensed in four games as a Jet last season. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter in Saturday's 7-3 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans and is expected to undergo surgery, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The Jets also announced they waived fullback Algernon Brown, who appeared in eight offensive plays and two plays on special teams on Saturday. He recorded 1,310 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in four seasons with BYU.

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This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team.  Today we'll look at defensive lineman Claude Pelon, who was one of the top performers in the Jets' 7-3 win over the Titans in the preseason opener.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The last time anybody saw Christian Hackenberg in a game was the preseason finale almost a year ago. It was a disaster. He completed just 11 of 31 passes for 54 yards and threw an interception, too.

It was a much, much different and better Hackenberg that the Jets got to see on Saturday night.

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Josh McCown threw the Jets' first touchdown of the preseason and the team's defense tallied eight sacks in a 7-3 win over the Titans on Saturday at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets kept the Titans out of the endzone for the duration of the game, allowing only a field goal on a five-play, 49-yard drive in the third quarter. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The good news is the Jets really have no choice but to play most of their starters in their preseason opener. Or maybe that's the bad news given the low expectations for this team.

But Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles have promised competition all summer long for almost every job on the roster, and the competition begins for real against the Tennessee Titans at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Not all jobs are up for grabs, of course, but quite a few are.

Here's an inside look at some of the battles and 10 intriguing players to watch:

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Some of the Jets' newest additions, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and S Marcus Maye, had high praise for their new head coach, Todd Bowles. 

Both appeared on SNY's The Jet Stream podcast, and when asked who is most impactful to the Jets this season, Seferian-Jenkins showed love to his coach. 

"I would definitely say, first of all, coach Bowles," Seferian-Jenkins told SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon. "I never had a coach like that, that really just says a real, honest thing. Just tells you the truth. He doesn't want to lie to you, he doesn't want to sugarcoat anything. I think he's a phenomenal coach."

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Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp to preview their first preseason game of the 2017-18 season on Saturday, August 12.

 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The memories of Christian Hackenberg from last season are few and not very good. He had two ugly preseason performances and then was buried on the depth chart, only resurfacing to occasionally misfire in practice. His future didn't appear bright at all.

That's why all eyes will be on Hackenberg when the Jets open up their preseason slate against the Tennesssee Titans at the Meadowlands on Saturday night.

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Jeane Coakley breaks down the latest news and updates from Jets camp as they get ready for their first preseason game on Saturday.

 

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Jets corner Buster Skrine thinks this year's secondary will not only be an improvement over last year's but that the group also has the potential to stand out. 

"This is my seventh year in the NFL and this is one of the most aggressive groups I've been around - and confident," Skrine said, according to Newsday.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) attempts to pass during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) attempts to pass during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg had another tough day at practice Wednesday, throwing two interceptions during team drills. It marked the second straight day that Hackenberg threw two picks during 11-on-11 drills. 

The second-year quarterback had not thrown an interception during his first eight practices of training camp. Head coach Todd Bowles is still confident in what Hackenberg can do on the field, regardless of what has happened the last two days. 

"It's practice," Bowles told reporters Wednesday. "The defense has got to get turnovers. I'd be concerned if they weren't. They got two today, but we're cleaning some things up, and we're learning as we go. It's going to be up and down every day, so we'll just go from there."

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