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5 Most Surprising New York Jets’ Roster Cuts of 2014

5 Most Surprising New York Jets' Roster Cuts of 2014

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The New York Jets had to make a few moves to get their roster down to 53-men, and some notable names had to be let go. Take a look at some of the big names that were released from the team before Week 1 of the regular season.

5. Clyde Gates

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5. Clyde Gates

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The Jets kept seven wide receivers on the roster, but Gates wasn't one of them. The problem for Gates is the Jets have a lot of players at the same position that possess the same ability that he has. I like Gates and his play making ability, but he's undersized and doesn't have the best of hands. I could see why the Jets didn't have a need from him on the 2014 regular season roster.

4. Matt Simms

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4. Matt Simms

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Simms has the potential to be a solid No. 2 quarterback in the NFL, but the Jets already have Michael Vick. He had a strong showing in the preseason and in the team's final preseason game, but the Jets put him through waivers and they luckily got him back. It's surprising that the Jets opted to only go with two quarterbacks on the depth chart, but Simms could be called for backup duties next season if Vick leaves.

3. Daryl Richardson

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3. Daryl Richardson

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The former St. Louis Rams RB is a solid backup, but he got caught up in the numbers game. The Jets have a lot of depth at the position, so the Jets had freedom to let go of Richardson and hope that he cleared waivers, which he did. He had a heavy workload in the preseason and finished with a 3.1 average per rush. The Jets signed him back to the practice squad, so it's good to see that he may have a chance with the team during the regular season.

2. Garrett McIntyre

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2. Garrett McIntyre

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McIntyre has been a solid backup linebacker for the Jets since 2011, but the team decided to go younger and more athletic at the position. He isn't a standout player be any means, but he was a nice reserve that was capable of stepping in and filling the void as need be. It's surprising that he didn't even make the Jets' practice squad, but I guess that's the way of the NFL.

1. Stephen Hill

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1. Stephen Hill

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It's not shocking that Hill was released from the New York Jets, but it was surprising to see GM John Idzik part with a young receiver with upside. I do agree that it was time for Hill to go, and he recently cleared waivers which means other NFL teams didn't see Hill as an NFL ready wide receiver. I'm not sure if the former Georgia Tech wide out will ever see an NFL field again, but I'd be surprised if no one else gives him another chance.

Vinny Lanni is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.