The Jets have announced that they've released wide receiver Josh Doctson, kicker Chase McLaughlin, center Leo Koloamatangi, tight end Connor Davis, and wide receiver Jaleel Scott.
Friday marked the first day of rookie minicamp for the Jets as their 10 draft picks and 12 undrafted free agent signings took the field for the first time as members of the organization.
But before that could happen, the Jets did a little bit of spring cleaning.
The NY Jets have cut ties with five players
Perhaps the most notable of the five names is Doctson. The former first-round pick signed with the Jets back in February of 2020 as somewhat of a reclamation project.
After three disappointing years in Washington and a failed tenure with the Minnesota Vikings, Doctson looked to catch on with the Jets. However, he opted out of the 2020 season in August and never suited up for a game with the team.
Another fellow opt-out who has been released is Koloamatangi. Koloamatangi was the first Jets player to opt-out of last season after he spent the final few months of the 2019 season split between the Jets' practice squad and active roster.
The Jets also released former XFL standout Connor Davis. At 6-foot-8, 260 pounds, Davis was an intriguing developmental project, but he always faced an uphill battle in a very full tight end room.
The only two players that were released to have actually appeared in a game with the Jets were Jaleel Scott and Chase McLaughlin. Scott, a former fourth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens, played in one game in 2020 making one catch for 16 yards.
McLaughlin also appeared in just one game with the Jets in 2020 after being claimed off waivers in December. He was promoted to the active roster ahead of the team's final game of the season and he went on to make both extra-point attempts.
The addition of undrafted free agent Chris Naggar likely spelled the end for McLaughlin as the Jets were never going to carry three kickers into training camp.
It's unlikely that any of these five players would have made the final roster. But now, they'll be given a chance to perhaps fight for a roster spot with another team.