The New York Jets have placed two veterans on the active/PUP list prior to the start of training camp, as Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News informs us that right guard Willie Colon and outside linebacker Antwan Barnes have been placed on the PUP. Neither move is unexpected, but both players were expected to be ready for training camp at one point during the offseason. In fact, Barnes stated earlier this month that he believed he would be ready to participate at the start of camp after tearing his ACL in Week 5, but Rex Ryan did state a month earlier that he didn’t expect Barnes to be ready by then.
Colon is recovering from a knee scope and a biceps injury after re-signing with the team on a one-year, $2 million deal early in the offseason, and he’ll be a key cog on the inside of the Jets offensive line. Colon’s ability to be a solid starter isn’t questioned, but his ability to hold up over the course of a season could be put into question. That said, both players are fully expected to be ready for the first week of the regular season.
Barnes enters training camp on the hot seat after the Jets signed veteran pass rusher Jason Babin to a two-year deal (second year is an option) to help beef up their edge rush. Babin is an intriguing addition, and we’ll see how he fits the Jets 3-4 scheme. They also worked out Quentin Groves on Monday, meaning that Barnes’s gig as a top veteran OLB backup isn’t safe at all. He’ll have to get healthy and work for that roster spot, because it isn’t a guarantee at this juncture.