Joe Douglas and his entire staff have used several workarounds, including releasing vested veterans, to bring them back almost immediately and placing players on injured reserve after making the initial cut.
There's no such thing in the NFL as a "final roster." Even the term "initial" isn't appropriate. The Jets' current 53-man roster looked a lot different when it was in its initial stage after player cuts.
The truth is that, in the war of attrition that a long NFL season entails, the bottom end of NFL rosters are fluid from week to week. This includes every team's 16-player practice squads.
For the moment, here is an analysis of the current 53-man roster and 16-player practice squad of the Jets. Since both groups are intertwined with two weekly call-ups, let's take an in-depth at each position on Gang Green.
NY Jets Quarterbacks
- Zach Wilson, Mike White
- Practice Squad: Josh Johnson
As expected, the Jets kept two quarterbacks on the active roster, but only one on their practice squad.
But that's only because general manager Joe Douglas admitted that he planned to sign James Morgan to the team's practice squad. However, the 2020 fourth-round pick opted to sign onto the Carolina Panthers' practice squad instead.
Interestingly enough, Carolina plays New York in Week 1. Call it some old-fashioned psychological warfare or just Matt Rhule holding a grudge, but Morgan's jump to Carolina adds an extra layer of intrigue to the season opener.
An intriguing aspect of the Jets' QB room is that the team didn't acquire a veteran through trade or on waivers. Former 49ers quarterback and Mike LaFleur disciple Nick Mullens was released by the Eagles and then landed on the Cleveland Browns' practice squad.
Rather than claim Mullens, the Jets instead decided to keep a veteran signal-caller in Josh Johnson, and they opted against usurping Mike White behind Zach Wilson.