2. Ronald Blair, DE, NY Jets
When the Jets signed Ronald Blair back in early June, it was assumed that the Robert Saleh-favorite had a good chance of sticking around. That notion was strengthened following the loss of Carl Lawson for the season.
But Blair was one of a few surprise players that didn't survive roster cuts. Although, much like a few others on this list, it should be made clear that he might return in the near future.
The Jets currently have four defensive ends on their roster in John Franklin-Myers, Shaq Lawson, Bryce Huff, and Jabari Zuniga. Zuniga could be destined for the IR while Franklin-Myers is more of an edge/interior tweener.
Blair is probably needed on the active roster meaning that there's a good chance he's brought back. If not, expect him to land on the practice squad at the very least.
1. Ryan Griffin, TE, NY Jets
Perhaps the most surprising moves of the day came at the tight end position. The Jets traded away Chris Herndon and released Kenny Yeboah, Daniel Brown, and Ryan Griffin leaving Tyler Kroft as the lone true tight end on the roster.
But of them all, the most surprising move was the decision to move on from Griffin.
Griffin was expected to be a roster lock, especially following the release of Yeboah and the Herndon trade. Instead, it seems likely that the Jets plan to reshape nearly their entire tight end room via the waiver wire and/or the trade market.
The Jets could opt to bring Griffin back after cuts are made, but this one feels a bit more permanent. Very few people could have seen this move coming.