The NY Jets were forced to make some very difficult decisions on Tuesday as all 32 NFL teams trimmed their rosters down to 53 players. Given how much depth the Jets accumulated this offseason, there were always going to be some tough cuts.
The good news is that NFL rosters are as fluid as they've ever been, thanks in part to updated practice squad rules. Not only have practice squads increased to 16 players in 2022, but it's never been easier to shift players between the active roster and the reserve squad.
Teams will be permitted to add up to 16 players to their practice squad with many of those signings likely being announced in the next 24-48 hours. As many as six of those players could be veterans as well (greater than two accrued seasons).
Practice squad players are eligible to be elevated as many as three times before they're forced to be signed to the active roster and teams are still able to protect four players each week. There's no limit on how many times a team can protect a player either.
These evolved practice squad rules make the 24-48 hour period after roster cut day even more intriguing. But who might the Jets be adding to their practice squad?
We will be updating this tracker with live analysis for every move the Jets make so be sure to check back frequently. This page will also be used to keep track of every waiver wire addition the Jets make.
NY Jets waiver wire additions
Former NY Jets claimed on waivers
- OT Chuma Edoga (Atlanta Falcons) - SOURCE
Former third-round pick Chuma Edoga is on his way to the Atlanta Falcons after being claimed off waivers. Edoga was involved in trade discussions on Tuesday but those talks never materialized.
Now, Edoga joins a lackluster Falcons offensive line where he will compete for time at right tackle.
- CB Javelin Guidry (Arizona Cardinals) - SOURCE
Javelin Guidry was a surprise omission from the 53-man roster as the Jets opted to retain special-teams ace instead. They paid for it too as Guidry was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals.
The speedy Guidry was one of seven Jets players claimed off waivers by other teams. He figured to be in the mix for the backup nickel role. Instead, he gets another opportunity in Arizona.
- LB Del'Shawn Phillips (Baltimore Ravens) - SOURCE
Del'Shawn Phillips was a core special teamer for the Jets last season who, somewhat surprisingly, appeared in all 17 games for the team. Perhaps that's why the linebacker-needy Baltimore Ravens came calling.
Phillips was never going to crack the Jets' linebacker rotation and was destined for the practice squad if he went unclaimed.
- TE Trevon Wesco (Chicago Bears) - SOURCE
The second member of Mike Maccagnan's ill-fated 2019 draft class to be claimed, Trevon Wesco spent the last three years with the Jets as a hybrid tight end/fullback.
The Jets opted not to carry a fullback on their roster this year after waiving Wesco and placing Nick Bawden on the season-ending injured reserve. Wesco will now compete for reps in Chicago.
- S Jason Pinnock (New York Giants) - SOURCE
The most shocking cut the Jets made on Tuesday was that of second-year safety Jason Pinnock. Pinnock was the assumed third safety on the roster and looked primed for a sizable role both in 2022 and beyond which is what made his release all the more shocking.
The New York Giants clearly liked what they saw from Pinnock in joint practices and wasted no time placing a claim on him. It's hard to justify the decision to keep Ashtyn Davis and undrafted rookie Tony Adams over Pinnock. This one is a head-scratcher.
- CB Isaiah Dunn (Seattle Seahawks) - SOURCE
The Jets' highest-paid undrafted free agent from a year ago, Isaiah Dunn made the 53-man roster as a rookie but couldn't crack the lineup this year. There were some trade discussions around Dunn which makes this claim ultimately unsurprising.
The team's revamped cornerback room left no room for Dunn and he should have a much better chance of sticking around in Seattle.
- CB Rachad Wildgoose (Washington Commanders) - SOURCE
A sixth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 2021 NFL Draft, Rachad Wildgoose spent time with the Jets last season and looked to compete for a depth spot in a crowded cornerback room this summer.
Much like Dunn, he never had much of a chance and was likely bound for the practice squad if he went unclaimed. Every defensive back the Jets waived on Tuesday was claimed.
NY Jets practice squad signings
- QB Chris Streveler - SOURCE
The first reported practice squad signing for the Jets is that of preseason legend and cult favorite Chris Streveler. Streveler led the Jets to three comeback victories in the preseason and proved he could play in this league.
His addition to the practice squad could be temporary, however, with Zach Wilson's return looming. It's unclear if the Jets would want to have four quarterbacks under contract.
- WR Irvin Charles - SOURCE
Irvin Charles was among the more notable undrafted standouts from this summer, and after failing to make the 53-man roster, it always seemed likely that he'd be brought back on the practice squad.
The Jets will continue to develop the 6-foot-4 Charles on the practice squad. Look for fellow undrafted rookie receiver Calvin Jackson to join him here shortly.
- WR Tarik Black - SOURCE
Another wide receiver added to the Jets' practice squad, Tarik Black spent most of last season with the Jets and even made his first career catch in the team's final preseason game.
He didn't do much to stand out this summer but he knows the system and could be adequate depth as he continues to develop.
- OT Grant Hermanns - SOURCE
Grant Hermanns spent all of last year on the Jets' practice squad after going undrafted. He'll continue to develop as important offensive tackle depth on the practice squad this year.
Given that the Jets only have four tackles under contract at the moment (including him), he could see some time on the active roster before long.
- TE Kenny Yeboah - SOURCE
The Jets bring back a fan favorite from last year's undrafted rookie class in tight end Kenny Yeboah. Yeboah hauled in a miraculous game-tying hail mary in last year's preseason, although he was overshadowed by Lawrence Cager this summer.
Yeboah will continue his development on the practice squad with a chance to compete for a roster spot again next summer if he sticks around.
- LB Chazz Surratt - SOURCE
This is an excellent pickup for the Jets. Chazz Surratt was a third-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in last year's draft who was surprisingly waived this summer as part of final roster cuts.
Surratt is a former quarterback who brings an excellent blend of speed/size to the table. While he's still a little rough around the edges, Surratt projects as an ideal developmental WILL linebacker who could thrive in this defensive system.
I really like this pickup for the Jets. This is a high-profile practice squad addition.
- DE Bradlee Anae - SOURCE
Bradlee Anae put together an excellent summer and really pushed for a spot on the 53-man roster, but he, unfortunately, couldn't crack a loaded defensive end room.
Anae seemed like a prime candidate to be claimed on waivers, but he sneaks through and the Jets add him to their practice squad. Look for fellow defensive end Jabari Zuniga to join him.
- OL Chris Glaser - SOURCE (Jets)
The Jets signed Chris Glaser last month after the injury to Mekhi Becton, and he evidently did enough to stick around on the practice squad. The former Virginia standout has experience playing both guard and tackle and his versatility is likely what interested the Jets.
- DT Jonathan Marshall - SOURCE (Jets)
A sixth-round pick in last year's draft, Jonathan Marshall was competing for one of the final defensive line spots on the roster but lost out to veteran Nathan Shepherd.
Marshall is a superb athlete who made some plays this summer. The Jets are fortunate he wasn't claimed off waivers and he'll now continue his development on the practice squad.
- DT Tanzel Smart - SOURCE (Jets)
Tanzel Smart has put together consecutive strong summers with the Jets, but he hasn't been able to crack the 53-man roster in either year. His impressive performance did earn him a spot on the practice squad, however.
The 27-year-old veteran will continue to serve as excellent depth on the practice squad and should be a reliable contributor if his number is called this season.
- LB Hamsah Nasirildeen - SOURCE (Jets)
The Jets' sixth-round pick from a year ago and Week 1 starting linebacker, Hamsah Nasirildeen was the most likely candidate to make the team as the fifth linebacker. Unfortunately for him, the Jets only decided to keep four on the active roster.
Nasirildeen is a converted safety who hasn't developed quite as much as the Jets had hoped, partially due to injuries. This will be a crucial year for his development.
- LB DQ Thomas - SOURCE (Jets)
The DQ Thomas signing leaves the Jets with a whopping three linebackers on their practice squad. Thomas was given the most guaranteed money of any Jets undrafted rookie this year, although he didn't stand out much this summer.
The Jets clearly see something in the former Middle Tennessee State star, though, and he'll stick around as young, developmental depth.
- S Will Parks - SOURCE (Jets)
You could make the case that Will Parks should be the starting free safety on the Jets right now. The longtime Denver Broncos safety played well down the stretch last season and put together a very impressive summer.
It wasn't enough to earn him a roster spot over Ashtyn Davis or undrafted rookie Tony Adams, though. The Jets are very fortunate to have Parks on their practice squad and should feel very comfortable if he's forced into action this season.
- WR Calvin Jackson - SOURCE
The Jets sign a third wide receiver to the practice squad in the form of undrafted rookie Calvin Jackson. Jackson was signed by the Jets following a rookie minicamp tryout and made enough of an impression this summer to stick around.
The former Washington State standout hauled in two game-winning touchdown passes from Chris Streveler and will develop alongside Irvin Charles and Tarik Black on the practice squad.
- CB Craig James - SOURCE
The Jets re-signed veteran cornerback Craig James after he spent five days with the team last month. This is a very interesting move that could affect the future of Jets special-teams captain Justin Hardee.
The Jets still need to clear cap space and there are no obvious candidates for a restructure. Cutting Hardee would save the Jets $2 million in cap space and get them under the limit.
James fills pretty much the same role as Hardee as a veteran special-teams ace who doesn't offer much as a cornerback. This is a situation that bears monitoring.