The NY Jets will cut their roster down to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET later today.
The NY Jets are just over a week away from the start of the regular season. Training camp is in the books and teams are gearing up for Week 1 after an unorthodox offseason.
But while plenty of things were different this year (i.e. no OTAs, minicamp, or preseason), some have remained the same. And one of the things is the tradition known as roster cutdown day.
Each year, teams are forced to trim their roster to the allotted 53 players by a certain deadline. In 2020, that deadline falls on today, September 5th, by 4 p.m. ET. By that time, every NFL roster will be forced to consist of no more than 53 players.
The Jets don’t have a ton of flexibility this year given the vast number of injuries they’ve suffered. Remember that players won’t be able to be placed on injured reserve until after initial cuts are made.
That means that for guys like Vyncint Smith who could be candidates for the short-term IR, they will have to be a part of the initial roster at first. For that reason, it’s almost certain that this original roster will change in the coming days.
The Jets will likely make waiver claims as well further adding to the roster makeover. You could also expect to see plenty of the players cut today on the expanded 16-player practice squad — many of whom might see regular-season action this year.
The cuts have already begun so let’s take a look at any roster moves the Jets have made so far.
*Make sure to check back as this list will be updated throughout the day*
NY Jets 2020 roster cut tracker
1. RB Pete Guerriero
- A local Monmouth product who went to high school 10 minutes away from MetLife Stadium, Guerriero could be a candidate for the practice squad.
2. DL Sterling Johnson
- Johnson was signed as a UDFA this spring, but couldn’t crack a deep defensive line group.
3. LB B.J. Bello
- Bello spent time on the active roster last season and even recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.
4. K Brett Maher
- Sam Ficken won the kicker battle in camp, but don’t be surprised if the Jets look to upgrade this weekend.
5. LB James Burgess — Analysis
6. C Jonotthan Harrison — Analysis
7. CB Lamar Jackson
- An undrafted cornerback with excellent size, Jackson makes sense as a developmental practice squad player.
8. C Jimmy Murray
- Murray spent some time on the practice squad last season, but was never a realistic option to make the team.
9. CB Nate Hairston
- The first real surprise of Saturday’s cuts, many saw Hairston making the 53-man roster. Perhaps this bodes well for someone like Bryce Hall who’s still recovering from his ankle injury or an undrafted rookie like Javelin Guidry. Don’t rule out an outside addition either.
10. WR Lawrence Cager
- As we said on Thursday, this wasn’t going to be a popular move — but it was likely. Cager doesn’t offer enough on special teams to warrant a roster spot, but he seems like a lock for the practice squad if he clears waivers.
11. QB Mike White
- White had a strong camp, but it wasn’t enough to convince the Jets to roll with him over David Fales. The team will likely carry four QBs into Week 1 with Joe Flacco still not cleared.
12. CB Zane Lewis
- The Jets claimed Lewis off waivers just three days ago. They clearly saw something in the undrafted rookie which makes him a likely practice squad candidate.
13. WR Jehu Chesson
- Chesson was one of only three wide receivers who were healthy throughout all of training camp. Still wasn’t enough for the former fourth-round pick to earn a roster spot.
14. CB Javelin Guidry
- A blazing fast undrafted rookie, Guidry is primarily a slot cornerback but could draw interest on the waiver wire due to his rare speed. If not, he seems like a probable practice squad addition.
15. OT Jared Hilbers
- Hilbers was one of the more high-profile undrafted rookies the Jets signed this offseason. Expect the towering offensive tackle (6-foot-7) to land on the practice squad provided he isn’t claimed on waivers.
16. TE Ross Travis
- A former college basketball star, Travis was a longshot to make the 53-man roster. He makes a ton of sense as a developmental practice squad player given his physical gifts.
17. QB David Fales
- The Jets won’t be carrying four quarterbacks after all as Fales gets the ax. Rookie James Morgan will back up Darnold for the first few weeks until Joe Flacco recovers.
18. RB Josh Adams
- Adams had a decent chance of making the roster, but the Jets ultimately decided to carry only three running backs. That’s probably good news about rookie La’Mical Perine’s injury status.
19. WR Josh Malone
- Malone flashed at times in training camp and was working with the first-team offense it of necessity, but he was always a longshot to make the roster.
20. WR Donte Moncrief
- Moncrief was brought in as extra veteran insurance but didn’t show enough in his limited time to earn a roster spot. He was likely always just a training camp body.
21. WR George Campbell
- One of two undrafted receivers the Jets signed, Campbell’s size/speed blend should be intriguing enough to earn him a spot on the practice squad — especially after he made some plays in camp.
22. WR D.J. Montgomery
- Montgomery was picked up on waivers earlier in the week meaning that he could be added to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
23. TE Daniel Brown
- Brown played in all 16 games with the Jets last season, starting five, but he offered little as either a blocker or a receiver. His only chance of making the roster was through special teams, but he spent some time on the NFI list in camp which likely hurt his chances.
24. TE Bronson Kaufusi
- Kaufusi switched over to tight end this summer after originally making the team as a reserve defensive lineman last season. A spot on the practice squad seems likely as the Jets look to continue developing him at his new position.
25. OG/C Josh Andrews
- After the Jonotthan Harrison release, this one comes as a huge surprise. Andrews was presumed to be Harrison’s replacement, but now the Jets don’t have a backup center on the roster. Expect a move here in the near future while Andres could revert to the practice squad.
26. C Brad Lundblade
- Lundblade spent some time on the practice squad in December of last year but was never a viable threat to make the roster. A return to the practice squad is a best-case scenario for the former undrafted free agent.
27. OL Corbin Kaufusi
- The brother of Bronson, Corbin Kaufusi switched over to offensive line last year and spent most of his time at offensive tackle. It remains to be seen if the Jets will bring one or both of the Kaufusi brothers back on the practice squad.
28. CB Bryce Hall –> Non-Football Injury List
- Hall is still dealing with an ankle injury he suffered in his senior season at Virginia. The new flexible rules in 2020 will allow Hall to return after just three weeks if he’s healthy.
29. S Shyheim Carter
- Carter is a versatile defensive back who primarily plays safety but can also play cornerback in a pinch. If he goes unclaimed, expect the Jets to bring the Alabama product back on the practice squad.
30. S Matthias Farley
- A former starting safety in Indianapolis, Farley played 13 games last season and even made one start in place of the injured Jamal Adams. Many though Farley was going to make the roster as a special-teamer, but that proved not to be the case.
31. S Bennett Jackson
- The Jets cut three of their four backup safties meaning that, as of now, only Marcus Maye, Bradley McDougald, and Ashtyn Davis remain under contract. Expect either Farley or Jackson to be brought back before Week 1.