Florham Park, NJ– With teams forced to trim their rosters down to 75 players by 4 p.m. ET tomorrow the Jets officially released 15 players. Leaving them with 77 players left on the roster (at least by my calculations) and two more players left wondering when their names will be called to turn in their play-books.
Headlining this group of cuts are veteran receiver Braylon Edwards and running back Joe McKnight. Edwards was signed right before camp, but his body wasn’t able to hold up. The Jets signed him with the intention of keeping him on a pitch count to keep his knee healthy, but that wasn’t enough as the Jets decided they needed a healthy body to fill that roster spot.
Joe McKnight was cut after a disappointing and underwhelming career with the Jets, McKnight was an electric kick returner, when he held onto the ball, but that ultimately wasn’t enough to keep him on the roster. McKnight got off to camp on the wrong foot, failing his conditioning test before passing it the next day, suffered from cramps and migraines, and was never able to recover enough to prove that he deserved a roster spot.
Stephen Peterman was also among the announced cuts, Peterman signed with the team around draft time, after he struggled at guard in camp and preseason Rex Ryan announced they were going to try him out at center, which was basically the kiss of death.
Peterman was supposed to compete for the starting left guard job, but quickly feel out of favor to the point where Vladimir Ducasse is currently the starting left guard until rookie Brian Winters is ready/healthy enough to take the job.
Below is the list of all the players cut so far.
RB – Joe McKnight, Chad Span
OL – Patrick Ford, Trey Gilleo, Stephen Peterman
WR – Braylon Edwards, Joe Collins, Marcus Rucker, K.J. Stroud, Rahsaan Vaughn
LB – Sean Progar-Jackson
DB – Donnie Fletcher, Bret Lockett
ST – P Ryan Quigley, LS Patrick Scales