Jets WR Chris Owusu makes strong bid for roster spot

Chris Owusu (17) had five catches for 72 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown reception Thursday night. AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Three positive performances and three negatives from the New York Jets' 24-18 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason finale:


1. Chris Owusu, wide receiver -- Acquired last season by John Idzik (remember him?), Owusu may have earned a roster spot with a strong finish -- five catches for 72 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown reception. The Jets have some tough decisions to make, but Owusu will be in the middle of the conversation.

2. Darrin Walls, cornerback -- He locked up a roster spot with two interceptions, including a fourth-quarter pick of old friend Tim Tebow. You have to figure that Walls will be the fourth corner, behind Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine. A year ago, Walls was the opening-day starter. Yes, the secondary has come a long way.

3. Daryl Richardson, running back -- Making a late bid to crack the crowded backfield, Richardson rushed 22 times for 72 yards and a touchdown. He showed his determination on his 9-yard scoring run, moving a pile into the end zone. If he doesn't land a spot on the Jets' 53, he probably attracted interest from other teams.


1. Dex McDougle, cornerback -- The former third-round pick is battling for one of the final cornerback spots. He didn't help his chances by surrendering an 18-yard touchdown pass to Rasheed Bailey, an undrafted rookie. Ouch. The quarterback was Tebow. Double ouch.

2. Brent Qvale, tackle -- Remember when Qvale was considered the sleeper in the right-guard competition? That ship sailed a couple of weeks ago. He ended the preseason at right tackle, ending on a down note. He got beat on an outside rush and allowed a third-down sack in the second quarter.

3. Keon Lyn, cornerback -- He made Tebow look good on a deep pass, which is hard to do. Lyn was burned on a 45-yard pass play by somebody named Freddie Martino.