It’s final cutdown day in the NFL, with all 32 teams trimming their rosters from 75 players down to 53, in preparation for the start of the regular season.
NFL roster cuts are often bittersweet for teams and players, as hundreds of players who came so close to being a bonafide member of an NFL roster now find themselves out of a job.
The New York Jets have made their roster cuts as they try to finalize their 53-man roster, but keep in mind that even after they make their cuts, there’s plenty of wheeling and dealing still possible.
Those who have been officially waived:
- OL Matt Kroul
- WR Eron Riley
- WR Joseph Collins
- QB Matt Simms
- TE Tarren Lloyd
- CB Julian Posey
- DL Jay Richardson
- P Spencer Lanning
- CB D’Anton Lynn
- CB LeQuan Lewis
- DL Martin Tevaseu
- OL Fred Koloto
- OL Robert T. Griffin
- LB Brett Roy
- LB Marcus Dowtin
- RB Terrance Ganaway
- OL Paul Cornick
- CB Donnie Fletcher
- LB Ricky Sapp
- WR Royce Pollard
- TE Hayden Smith
- WR Jordan White
It would appear that Jordan White was beaten out by Patrick Turner and Chaz Schilens for the fourth and fifth receiver spots behind Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley.
While the Jets have now “officially” narrowed down their roster to 53 players, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the 53 players who made the team tonight are necessarily safe.
With all 32 teams waiving over 20 players each, each team now has the opportunity to put in waiver claims on those players if a position of need comes available.
The waiver wire goes by April’s draft order, and it does not reset in the event that a team wins a waiver claim. In the Jets case, that means their waiver is 16th, and it will remain 16th throughout the entire waiver period.
Waivers begin at noon Saturday, and teams can begin assembling their practice squads at that time as well.
The Jets are expected to try to re-sign quite a few of the players they waived on Friday.
In my opinion, Hayden Smith, Ricky Sapp, Marcus Dowtin, Terrance Ganaway, Jordan White and Royce Pollard all have a good chance to be added to the practice squad, if they clear waivers.
Typically teams carry 7 to 8 players on their practice squad. There’s a chance the Jets could apply for an international player exemption for Hayden Smith to carry him as a 9th if they so choose.
As of Friday evening, the Jets 53-man roster is set. But there’s still plenty of time for that to change once the waiver period begins on Saturday.