6. James Morgan, QB, NY Jets
A fourth-round pick a year ago, James Morgan has struggled to carve out a role on the roster. And with the Jets seemingly opting to carry just two quarterbacks on the 53-man, Morgan was the odd-man-out.
It was a puzzling pick at the time that has only gotten worse in the year-and-a-half since it was made. Now, Morgan will likely land on the practice squad, provided he passes through waivers.
Still, there was reason to believe that the Jets would try to keep Morgan on their active roster to protect him from the waiver wire. It's telling that the Jets were willing to let him go and expose him to the other 31 teams.
That speaks to their confidence that he won't get claimed (not a great sign for his league-wide value) and that the Jets were even willing to take that chance.
It wasn't a shocking release, but cutting Morgan certainly raised a few eyebrows.
5. Vyncint Smith, WR, NY Jets
Vyncint Smith received some work with the first-team offense this summer regularly rotating in ahead of Denzel Mims and even Keelan Cole as the summer went on.
But that wasn't enough to earn him a roster spot.
Smith's release is particularly surprising when you factor in that the Jets are carrying seven wide receivers on their active roster. Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith made the cut over Smith who might land on the practice squad.
It's rare to see a player go from working with the first-team offense to getting cut in such a short period of time. For that reason, Smith's release was a little surprising.