Mike Tannenbaum's mind was a little more at ease when the clock hit triple zeroes Sunday night, signaling the end of the Jets' 27-7 preseason victory over Cincinnati.
"I was actually much more encouraged after the Bengal game," the Jets GM said this afternoon. "I thought some of our younger guys played well. And in fairness to them, just trying to evaluate all these young guys without an offseason program, we wanted to make it the right evaluation, not the quick evaluation."
So Tannenbaum used the Bengals game as another barometer, figuring it's not the prudent thing to make a knee-jerk reaction. The Jets are thin on the offensive line with backup center Rob Turner out for an indefinite period of time, and the consensus is the Jets will have to bring in someone else to help fill that void.
But Tannenbaum, who's never shy about constantly tinkering with his roster, isn't ready to start moving pieces around just yet, preferring to get a good peek at the youth.
"Offensive line, DBs we are looking at the whole roster," Tannenbaum said. "But as a whole, I thought the young guys played up front on both sides of the ball, in particular on Sunday night -- D-line, some of the younger offensive lineman. But we’ll keep evaluating from practice-to-practice, evaluate them after the Giants game and go from there."
Tannenbaum is liking what he's seeing from his assembled mass.
"So far, so good," he said. "Two more preseason games and reasons to be encouraged. We had a meeting yesterday assessing where we are and what our needs are, our depth, our concerns, see how the last two preseason games go and keep evaluating the team and try to keep the right 53."