With the start of the regular just hours away, the New York Jets are leaving no stone unturned as they try to put the best possible team out on the field on Sunday.
After initially “finalizing” their 53-man roster last weekend, the Jets made some waiver-wire acquisitions and had to tinker with their roster some more.
Cornerback Isaiah Trufant, originally on the 53-man roster, was one of the players who was cut a day later to make room for the newly claimed players.
Trufant cleared waivers and was added to the practice squad, but now the Jets have decided to bring him back up onto the active roster, perhaps to protect him from another team interested in his services.
Wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, who was one of the players added to the roster last weekend, has been let go after a week of practice.
A second-year player out of the University of Cincinnati, Gilyard was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft by the St. Louis Rams, and he’ll now be looking for his third team in two years after being cut by the Jets.
Obviously the Jets see something in the 28-year-old Trufant, a journeyman who was named the United Football League’s 2010 Defensive Player of the Year.
Trufant, the younger brother of Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl corner Marcus Trufant, will remain on the 53-man roster for the time being in a loaded defensive backfield that already includes five safeties and five cornerbacks.
It’s hard to imagine the Jets will keep the same 53 guys they’ll enter Week 1 with for the entire season, but I guess that’s football for you.