UPDATE: The New York Jets made their final six cuts Sunday to reduce their roster to 75 players, two days ahead of the 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline. The Jets cut TE Colin Anderson, WRs Jacoby Ford and Mike Campbell, CB Ras-I Dowling, DE Anthony Grady and FB Chad Young.
The final roster cuts, to whittle the roster down to 53 players, are to be made by this Saturday, August 30, at 4 p.m. ET.
When it came to cutting their roster down to 75 players, the New York Jets wanted to get a head start.
That cut was due by Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, but the team started by cutting seven players Saturday to thin the roster down from 88 to 81 players. The Jets cut RB Michael Smith, OL Bruce Campbell, Patrick Ford and Markus Zusevics, LB Steele Divitto, kicker Andrew Furney and punter Jacob Schum.
The only name in that list that jumps out to the average Jets fan is Furney, who made the game-winning 51-yard field goal against Indianapolis a few weeks ago as well as extra points in the Bengals and Giants games. He’s a good kicker, but after the Jets used the franchise tag on Nick Folk last spring before eventually signing him to a new four-year deal, it’s hard to imagine they’d cut him in favor of Furney. I’m glad the team cut Furney now so he has a chance to catch on with another team before September.
Remember, the Jets have LB Jermaine Cunningham, DE Tim Fugger and rookies Dexter McDougle (CB) and Shaq Evans (WR) on season-ending injured reserve, so they don’t count against the 53-man roster. Neither does LB Antwan Barnes until he’s activated from the physically unable to perform list.
This leaves 81 players competing for 75 roster spots, so the Jets need to cut six players by the deadline. Here are who I’d volunteer.
RB Alex Green
Looking back at the Michael Smith cut – the Jets weren’t about to keep six running backs, and they aren’t keeping five, either. I’m still debating if they should keep four, but either way, Green has not been impressive in preseason action and he won’t make this team.
TE Colin Anderson
The fact that Anderson has not been targeted this preseason gives me reason to think he’s a long-shot to make the 53-man roster. Cut him now, and the Jets can focus more on other positions that aren’t as clear-cut as tight end.
WR Saalim Hakim
Another case of too much positional competition – Hakim just hasn’t been as impressive as Clyde Gates, Greg Salas and even Michael Campbell, to say nothing of the first-string receivers and 2014 draft picks Jalen Saunders and Quincy Enunwa.
DEs Anthony Grady and Zach Thompson
Undrafted free agents out of Missouri State and Wake Forest, respectively, Grady and Thompson are not exactly competing on the same level as Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson. Fellow undrafted free agent DE Kerry Hyder has impressed coaches more than Grady and Thompson, too.
LB Troy Davis
Davis actually has had regular season experience – he made tackles in four games for the Jets in 2013. But the Jets’ addition of Jason Babin and their love of Nick Bellore and Garrett McIntyre as special teamers in addition to reserves means Davis might be destined for the practice squad.
News and Notes: After Friday’s Giants game, Rex Ryan officially announced that Geno Smith would be the Jets’ Week One starting quarterback. After this, reporters questioned Michael Vick him about a Jenny Vrentas piece on mmqb.si.com, in which Vrentas cites multiple anonymous Jets coaches who said they wished Vick was “more hell-bent” on winning the starting job. Vick was unhappy, saying “whoever wrote that story, it was on the side of being very fictitious and you have to come up with better stories than that.”