Jets' work not done as they begin next phase of cutdown weekend

Zac Stacy could be a candidate to return kicks for the Jets. AP/Seth Wenig

Keep in mind, it's not the final 53. It's the first 53. The New York Jets' roster could change Sunday, even Monday or Tuesday. That said, a few random thoughts on what occurred Saturday and what might occur on Sunday:

1. They don't have a kickoff returner on the roster. Their two primary returners in the preseason -- Chris Owusu and Walter Powell -- were released. Yes, the kick-returning job has been diminished because of all the rule changes, but you'd like to put somebody back there who can provide decent field position. The Jets are considering Zac Stacy, but he has no experience. Some of the top returners in the preseason, including cornerback Asa Jackson (Baltimore Ravens) and wide receiver Kevin Smith (Seattle Seahawks), were released. Jackson had a 103-yard return for the Ravens.

2. There could be some movement at tight end. The Jets have only two veterans, Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis, so they will be studying the waiver wire. Joseph Fauria (Detroit Lions), Bear Pascoe (Chicago Bears) and Adrien Robinson (New York Giants) were among the notables released on Saturday. They probably can get by with Cumberland and Davis, but it's risky.

3. They don't have a backup center. The Jets hope to never need one -- that would mean an injury to the durable Nick Mangold -- but you need some sort of insurance. Guard Brian Winters and Dakota Dozier have taken snaps at center in practice, but they have no regular-season experience. Wesley Johnson apparently didn't impress in the preseason.

4. Mike Maccagnan is like every other general manager in that he will protect his draft picks at all costs. Guard Jarvis Harrison (fifth round) and nose tackle Deon Simon (seventh) aren't among the best 53 players, but they're still here. We're not suggesting it's simply an ego thing; Maccagnan is trying to develop players at the bottom of the roster. These players probably won't play this year, but the hope is they can improve with a year of training.

5. All six draft picks made the current 53. Meanwhile, the Idzik 12 continues to shrink. Incredibly, the roster includes only five players from last year's 12-player draft class -- safety Calvin Pryor, cornerback Dexter McDougle, Dozier, wide receiver Quincy Enunwa and linebacker Trevor Reilly.

6. There are a few feel-good stories on the roster, none better than linebacker Erin Henderson. The former Minnesota Vikings starter didn't play last season, allowing him to get his life straightened out as he coped with a drinking problem. The Jets must like him a lot because he missed the last three preseason games with a sprained knee, but they kept him over Joe Mays. Henderson isn't home free yet. If he makes it to Week 1, it would be a heck of a story. In the spring, he told me his goal was to be in the conversation for NFL Comeback Player of the Year.