Jets Cut Roster Down to 75
The New York Jets reduced their roster to 75 players with the release of six players on Sunday. Headlining this group was speedy WR/KR Jacoby Ford. In late March, the Jets signed the 5-year veteran to a 1-year deal worth $740,000, including a $65,000 signing bonus. The team’s return game was unsteady in 2013, relying mostly on Josh Cribbs and Clyde Gates before season-ending injuries. Ford didn’t impress during training camp, prompting his release. Coach Rex Ryan said that they feel good about having WR Saalim Hakim as the kick returner.
Also cut was former New England Patriots’ second-round pick Ras-I Dowling. He played in nine games for New England in his career before being signed to the Jets’ practice squad in October. Like Ford, the 26-year-old out of Virginia was expected to be on the bubble, but at an already thin CB position, the Jets’ decision to cut ties with Dowling is questionable. The other players released on Sunday were FB Chad Young, WR Michael Campbell, TE Colin Anderson, and DE Anthony Grady.
The team will have to form their final roster for week 1 by making 22 cuts to get to 53 players before Saturday. The most intriguing decisions will occur at the wide receiver position, with former 2nd-round pick Stephen Hill’s spot on the team in question. The battle for 3rd-string QB between Matt Simms and rookie Tajh Boyd is also up in the air. The Jets and Michael Vick travel to Philadelphia on Thursday to take on the Eagles in their final preseason tune-up. Former Jets QB Mark Sanchez will be inactive, as well as many Jets starters.