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NY Jets: 3 veterans who could be cut before training camp

NY Jets, Alex Lewis
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NY Jets, Josh Malone
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3. Josh Malone, WR, NY Jets

The Jets overloaded the wide receiver position this offseason signing the likes of Corey Davis and Keelan Cole in free agency before drafting Elijah Moore with the 34th overall pick in the draft.

As it stands right now, the Jets currently have a whopping 13 wide receivers on their 90-man roster. And with one more potentially on the way in the form of Tavon Austin, they could make a cut or two at the position before training camp arrives.

One player who might be on the chopping block is Josh Malone.

Hardly a high-profile player by any means, Malone has spent the last two seasons with the Jets, suiting up for just four contests a year ago. In those four games, he hauled in just four catches for 16 yards.

Malone only saw action following a string of injuries last season and is considered a longshot to make the roster. But given the logjam at the position, the former fourth-round pick might not even make it to camp.

The Jets likely see more upside in players like Lawrence Cager and Jeff Smith. Even players like Matt Cole and D.J. Montgomery offer more upside on special teams than Malone who was used sparingly on specials in 2020.

Another name to keep an eye on is Braxton Berrios. While he'll likely make it to training camp, the Jets have done everything they could to replace his role on the roster. It's hard to see where he fits in, either as a backup slot or punt returner.

Nonetheless, the Jets can cut Malone with no dead cap, and if they do, in fact, sign Tavon Austin, perhaps he's the odd-man-out.

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