Jets’ Are Now Down to 75

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — As of noon today, the New York Jets announced that they’ve reduced their roster from 81 players to 75 now by releasing the players below.

All NFL teams must reduce their roster to a maximum of 75 players by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26 so the Jets got a headstart on the process of ultimately cutting down to a 53-man roster by the league-wide mandated deadline of August 30. The following players are no longer with the Jets –

Colin Anderson (TE/6-4/240/Furman/Dallas, TX)

Mike Campbell (WR/6-2/205/Temple/Edison, NJ)

Ras-I Dowling (CB/6-1/210/Virginia/Chesapeake, VA)

Jacoby Ford is the most surprising name to appear on the cut list as he was expected to compete for starting special teams roles ( Photo)

Jacoby Ford (WR/5-9/190/Clemson/West Palm Beach, FL)

Anthony Grady (DE/6-7/289/Missouri State/Texarkana, AR)

Chad Young (FB/5-10/240/San Diego State/La Verne, CA)

To recap prior to these six, seven were released to begin the final maturation process of forming the 2014-2015 Jets roster.

Bruce Campbell (T/6-6/320/Maryland/Hamden, CT)

Steele Divitto (LB/6-2/237/Boston College/Ridgefield, CT)

Patrick Ford (OL/6-6/305/Eastern Kentucky/Richmond, KY)

Andrew Furney (K/5-10/210/Washington State/Burlington, WA)

Jacob Schum (P/5-11/211/Buffalo/Hamburg, NY)

Michael Smith (RB/5-9/205/Utah State/Tucson, AZ)

Markus Zusevics (OL/6-5/300/Iowa/Arlington Heights, IL)

The biggest surprise of the names released thus far would have to be Jacoby Ford, who headlines the list of players who will no longer be with Gang Green because was expected to compete for a roster spot as the 5th/6th receiver behind Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson and Stephen Hill coming into camp.

But the despite the recent injuries to Shaq Evans and Jalen Saunders, the emergence of Greg Salas and Clyde Gates have solified them as the 5th and 6th men of the receiving corps.

Ford was expected to at least compete for the starting gigs on special teams for punt and kick returns but his game against the Giants did not help his cause in that manner. Ford muffed a punt against the Giants, and despite his speed the overall competition at wideout this summer in camp made his services expendable.

The Jets’ roster stands at 75, not counting those on injured reserve — cornerback Dexter McDougle and as mentioned previously Shaq Evans. Antwan Barnes, a linebacker who’s on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list, currently counts for a roster spot.

The Jets have 22 more cuts to make by next Saturday. The process to 53 will come with some very interesting, difficult and debatable decisions to come. It will be intriguing to see how the Jets move forward toward the big day of August 30.

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