The Jets picked up KD Cannon off waivers from the 49ers this week. Rumors were that the 49ers cut him at the end of rookie mini-camp after Cannon didn’t finish a route.
That might be concerning. FanRagSports followed up that with reports the 49ers questioned Cannon’s work ethic. Hopefully, the message sunk in and he won’t repeat it at Jets camp. It’s not a great way to start a career.
Cannon is an explosive receiver and was very productive in the Baylor offense last season. As many know, the Baylor offense isn’t very sophisticated and receivers often don’t know much about NFL route trees coming from their program. He’ll have to pick up the nuances of John Morton’s offense quickly. That will likely mean understanding option routes, which are tricky to learn.
Like Robby Anderson last season, Cannon is a slender receiver. That won’t prevent him from making the team if he can prove capable in the offense. His effectiveness will be limited in his rookie season until he bulks up though.
Something of note – the money the Jets inherited by claiming him on waivers. The 49ers signed him with a $40,000 base salary – a large amount for an undrafted free agent. The Jets would be on the hook for that if he makes the opening day roster.
What may prevent Cannon from making the team is the Jets depth. Who will make the Jets opening day roster at the WR spot? It could be as many as seven players. Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen are pretty much locks. After that it is probable Eric Decker makes the team. Now between Charone Peake, Jalin Marshall, Quinton Patton, Brisly Estime and Cannon there are one maybe two spots. Of the group, Quinton Patton may have the best odds of making the 6th spot because of his connection to Morton.
What could work in Cannon’s favor – Jalin Marshall is going to be suspended for the first four weeks of the year. The Jets may cut him before the season, because it would be unlikely another team claims him facing a four game suspension. They could then stash him on the practice squad. Estime seems like a prime practice squad player as he develops his special teams skills and bulks up. Peake also has practice squad eligibility but the Jets may not want to risk losing him is the roster cut down game and could keep him as the 7th receiver/ special teams player.
That method though, could be what the Jets do with Cannon. The Jets could hope to sneak Cannon through the cut down period when 53 man rosters are finalized.
It doesn’t seem like Cannon will make the roster on the Jets crowded depth chart, but it is likely the Jets will try to keep him because of his upside.