Aug 28, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan smiles on the sidelines during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won 37-7. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets made their league-mandated cuts to get down to 53 players today. Their roster is not complete because of waiver claims and free agent activity that will occur today through Sunday at noon, when waiver claims are awarded. So while this is the Jets 53 man roster it is not the final 53 man roster.
QB – Geno Smith, Michael Vick – By cutting both Simms and Boyd the Jets chose to keep 2 quarterbacks while trying to sign Simms and/or Boyd onto the practice squad.
RB – Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Tommy Bohanon – Both Richardson and Green were cut although both are practice squad eligible under the new, expanded rules but Richardson will probably be claimed. There are more than a few running backs cut today like Lache Seastrunk of the Redskins.
TE – Jace Amaro, Jeff Cumberland, Zach Sudfeld – No surprises as Chris Pantale was cut.
OL – Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Brian Winters, Oday Aboushi, Breno Giacomini, Willie Colon, Dakota Dozier, Ben Ijalana – William Campbell, Brent Qvale and Caleb Schlauderaff were cut. No surprises. Campbell and Qvale will probably be back on the practice squad.
WR – Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson, Jalen Saunders, Greg Salas, Saalim Hakim, Quincy Enunwa – The Jets cut Stephen Hill closing a poor tenure here in NY filled with drops and injuries. Clyde Gates’ cut was the classic “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me” as the Jets didn’t fall for a few preseason catches to change their opinion of a player who isn’t NFL-caliber. Dumping Hill and Gates and keeping Salas shows that the team knows when to cut bait and keep the better player.
DL – Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Damon Harrison, Kenrick Ellis, Leger Douzable, TJ Barnes – It is nice to see that TJ Barnes’ improvement and good preseason play got him rewarded with a roster spot. He stood out from the crowd and flashed some nice ability as a DT. The line needs to be able to cycle in players more so they don’t tire by the end of the year so adding depth is important.
LB – David Harris, Demario Davis, Quinton Coples, Calvin Pace, IK Enemkpali, Trevor Reilly, Jason Babin, Nick Bellore, Jeremiah George – You can argue that AJ Edds deserved the spot over George based on preseason play but George has the higher ceiling and is someone who the Jets see as a potential starter in the next couple of years. It is nice to see that Enemkpali and Reilly made it because their talent is obvious and although they might not see a large amount of defensive snaps this year, they are very athletic and help on special teams. Not seeing Garrett McIntyre on the roster was a big surprise considering his experience and nice preseason but the Jets believe in their younger players and Jason Babin is a much better pash rusher than McIntyre.
CB – Dee Milliner, Antonio Allen, Kyle Wilson, Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster, LeQuan Lewis – The Jets only having 6 defensive backs tells me they believe that they are close to having both Milliner and Allen back, that Allen is a corner this year and that another move for depth is probably coming tomorrow. I’m not a big fan of Lewis I would have kept Patrick or Dixon over him. 6th corner hopefully won’t see the field much.
S – Calvin Pryor, Dawan Landry, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Josh Bush – Where’s Rontez Miles? He is a better player than Josh Bush, period. Hopefully, much like Antonio Allen, he will get re-signed to the practice squad and make his way up to the active roster during the season. In fairness, Miles skill set is similar to Pryor’s, Landry’s and Jarrett’s and Bush plays well on special teams but so does Miles. Otherwise, the other 3 safeties are no surprise.
K – Nick Folk
P – Ryan Quigley – Brian Moorman and Robert Malone are now free agents so I wouldn’t get too comfortable if I were Quigley.
LS – Tanner Purdum