kenrick ellis

The injured DE Mike DeVito (knee), NT Kenrick Ellis (ankle), WR Plaxico Burress (lower), and CB Isiah Trufant (hamstring) all participated in position drills during practice yesterday and are all listed as questionable for tomorrow's game.

Rex Ryan is most optimistic about Burress, who has been receiving heat treatment for soreness in his back. Ellis and DeVito's injuries are both more serious, and though these players are listed in the same category, it's less likely they'll play.

Personally, I'm most concerned about Plaxico's absence. He and Mark Sanchez seemed to have finally found a rhythm against the San Diego Chargers and it would be a shame to see that shaken up.

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Now that preseason has drawn to a close and the roster has been cut down to size, let's see how their draft picks fared in their first major test (after the jump):
  • Muhammad Wilkerson (DT) - Wilkerson has been a solid player, at times playing exceptionally. He's had 5 QB pressures over the course of this preseason. His standout moment, though, came when he got into it with Brandon Jacobs of the Giants. Though drawing a flag away from the ball after the play was dead may not have been the smartest move, it shows that this rookie's got quite a bit of fire in his heart
  • Kenrick Ellis (DL) - Ellis, too, has been a a solid defensive player, though not the breakout passing rusher he was drafted to be. Of course, it's still very early. His best game was against the Texans, in which he had a deflection that led to a turnover and great penetration
  • Bilal Powell (RB) - While he hasn't been explosive, Bilal has been a strong, powerful runner and blocker who, given time, could develop into a reliable back
  • Jeremy Kerley (WR) - Picked with a 5th round choice traded from the Eagles, Kerley seems like he'll pay nice dividends this season. Though he's behind quite a bit of talent on the depth chart, Kerley's role in 2011 will likely be to fill the gap left by Brad Smith. He's dropped a few balls this preseason, but his slipperiness as a returner and his ability to play (and pass) out of the Wildcat make him an exciting player to watch this year
  • Greg McElroy (QB) - Backing up the injured Brunell this preseason, McElroy probably saw more play time than he had expected. When on the field, he showed a great deal of poise, presence, and promise, despite the fact that he was playing against backups. Unfortunately, his thumb injury will likely keep him out for some time, but he will be a more than adequate 3rd-string QB and may develop into something more some day
  • Scotty McKnight (WR) - When the Jets chose McKnight, much was made of his having been Sanchez's childhood friend. Unfortunately, McKnight didn't see much playing time, and, while he caught a touchdown pass from Drew Willy in the final game, he did seem to find a rhythm with the quarterbacks, and has been let go
Overall, I think the Jets made some pretty good decisions in this year's draft. Of their picks, they've only cut one player, and Kerley has shown some flashes of being a breakout star. Add their recent trade for Schlauderaff, the Jets have quite a bit of young talent on the roster going into 2011.
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According to Rich Cimini, ESPNNewYork.com has learned that Kenrick Ellis is not a U.S. citizen, further complicating his legal proceedings. He has had "permanent resident" status since he moved to Florida from Jamaica at 11 years old. This information has not yet verified by another source.

If this is true, then it would mean that he could be deported in the event of a conviction. Based on the advice of immigration lawyers he's contacted, Cimini predicts that Ellis will attempt to further delay his court date into the offseason and then attempt to plea a charge that carries a less than one-year sentence, allowing him to remain in the U.S. and play the following season. It is apparently key that he avoid being charged with aggravated assault, a felony conviction that would result in his deportation.

Keep in mind, Cimini may be taking the pessimistic point of view here. The Jets front office was confident they had made the right move in drafting Ellis, and we are merely speculating on a case the facts of which are unknown to us. It's very possible that Ellis will be cleared of any and all charges.

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