Last week I sat down with Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn to discuss Bilal Powell. But at the tailend of our conversation, I picked Lynn's brain on Long Island's own Miguel Maysonet, who was was added to the Jets practice squad last Tuesday.
Unfortunately for all of Long Island, the former Stony Brook star was released yesterday. Though the decision to part ways with Maysonet had more to do with freeing up a spot for cornerback Ras-I Dowling, the transaction didn't come as a complete surprise. Maysonet, an undrafted free agent, has now spent time with five teams in six months.
Lynn told me that bouncing around can hurt a player's development -- and I'm guessing the same can be said for Maysonet, whom Lynn described as "a work in progress" with serious potential.
"I don’t think he’s a homerun hitter, but he can make people miss, he’s quick," Lynn told me. "He has those things that you look for in a running back because we’re going to outmaneuver way more than people than we ever outrun, and that’s just a fact. Great vision. I thought his vision was outstanding and he’s a very determined runner. He doesn’t look to go down on first-contact. And that’s one of the first things that jumped out at me on tape. He’s not the prototypical size that you’re looking for in the National Football League, but he’s very determined.”
When I asked Lynn if he was surprised Maysonet -- the first-ever Stony Brook player invited to the combine -- has bounced around so much, he replied: "It depends on people’s philosophy.
"Personally, I don’t like it when guys bounce around, I like to get a guy and develop a guy. But some people bring you in, look at you for a couple weeks and then move on to the next guy, so that they can get an evaluation on a lot of guys. I think it hurts a player’s development. But a lot of people take that philosophy so they can get looks. I don’t know why he’s bounced around, but we’ll see. We’ll see.”