The New York Jets took their time releasing their full cut list, but we finally have the full list of players who didn’t make the team. Here is the full list of released players:
QB Greg McElroy, RB Mossis Madu, WR Michael Campbell, WR Mohamed Massaquoi, WR Ben Obomanu, WR Zach Rogers, TE Chris Pantale, OT J.B. Shugarts, OT Jason Smith, C Erik Cook, DT Junior Amauvae, NT Antonio Garay, DE Lanier Coleman, DE Tevita Finau, OLB Troy Davis, OLB Jacquies Smith, ILB JoJo Dickson, CB Royce Adams, CB Mike Edwards, FS Rontez Miles, K Dan Carpenter
Carpenter and Garay were the only two players that raised any eyebrows (full breakdown here), while McElroy, Massaqoui and Finau were among the bigger names (full breakdown here). The rest of the list was heavy on young players who couldn’t quite do enough to get themselves on the final roster.
The Jets faced difficult choices at wide receiver, where Campbell, Obomanu and Rogers had all shown solid play in the preseason. However, the Jets decided to only carry five wideouts, and none of these players had much of a chance to beat out Ryan Spadola for the last spot. Madu and Pantale both played well in the final preseason game, but not well enough to unseat the veterans ahead of them.
On the offensive line, the release of Smith and Shugarts means the Jets have decided to stick with draft picks Oday Aboushi and William Campbell. The fact that Campbell made the active roster is a bit of a surprise, as he was thought to be headed for the practice squad.
Defensively, all of the players who were released were expected cuts with the exception of Garay. Miles and Edwards are good candidates for the practice squad, as both showed promise in the preseason. However, the Jets chose to stick with players they know, leaving no room for these young candidates.
An interesting note here is that the Jets will only carry five defensive linemen (Quinton Coples is technically a linebacker, but he’s hurt either way). The lack of bodies could leave the Jets short on depth, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them add a player if Kenrick Ellis‘ back doesn’t improve quickly.
Keep in mind the roster is still very fluid, and the Jets will likely alter a few spots from players who made it past this round of cuts. Like all teams, they will find released players who could be a good fit, so there will still be changes in the coming days.