A week ago, the Jets had 11 defensive backs active for their matchup with the Patriots, as the team's strategy was to flood the secondary with as many players as possible, leaving Tom Brady little room to throw.
That doesn't appear to be the Jets' strategy for Sunday's AFC championship game. On Saturday the team released DB Isaiah Trufant and signed DT Martin Tevaseu, as it appears to be loading up on defensive linemen to stop the physical Steelers rushing attack.
Tevaseu had been on the Jets' practice squad for the entire season after being cut at the end of training camp. He went undrafted in the 2010 draft after a solid career at UNLV.
Trufant played in one regular-season game, as well as the New England game last week. He spent most of 2010 with the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives, where he was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year.
The way we see it
Trufant is an exceptional athlete, but the Jets decided they didn't need him for this game vs. the Steelers. With DLs Mike DeVito and Sione Pouha both banged up a little, New York figured it could use more depth on the line, which is the reason Tevaseu was signed.