It is cut Friday and the New York Jets have to reduce their roster to 53 by 9:00 p.m. on August 31, 2012. As of 8:27 p.m. Eastern time, the Jets announced 19 players who didn't make the team. So far, there are few surprises.
Look for some of these players to be assigned to the practice squad if they clear waivers. Most are history as far as the Jets go. Other recent cuts include kicker Josh Brown and fullback Josh Baker. New York released Baker earlier this week after he suffered a season-ending injury during the preaseason game against the Carolina Panthers.
The Jets are keeping everyone except Matt Simms, son of legendary quarterback Phil Simms. Nothing surprising here--what surprises me is that they signed him in the first place.
Joseph Collins and Eron Riley were cut. They are extra baggage. What Gang Green needs are healthy, talented wideouts. Collins and Riley are mediocre at best.
The Jets cut running back Terrence Ganaway, the only player to score a touchdown for the Jets in preseason. If he clears waivers the Jets may have a place for him on the practice squad.
Punter, Spencer Lanning, was cut. They should look to replace J. T. Connely. He looks awful this year.
New York cut Tarren Lloyd. Although this is a weak area for the team, they are better off finding someone else and picking them up off waivers.
Say goodbye to Robert Griffin a sixth-round draft pick, Fred Koloto, Paul Cornick and Matt Kroul. Nothing shocking about this.
Jay Richardson and Martin Tevaseu got their walking papers. Richardson is the only surprise in the group. He looked good during preseason. Tevaseu and Richardson may be placed on the practice squad providing they clear waivers.
LeQuan Lewis, D'Anton Lynn and Julian Posey were cut. Lynn is the son of running backs coach Anthony Lynn.
Donnie Fletcher was cut. The Jets are fairly strong at cornerback. No need to keep Fletcher.
Marcus Dowtin and Brett Roy were cut. Look for Dowtin to be assigned to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Ricky Sapp was cut.
The Jets have several more cuts to announce, which they will most likely do sometime tomorrow. Coach Rex Ryan says he is confident in the team--I'm not as convinced as he is that this is a winning squad. Looking forward to the season opener against the Buffalo Bills. Maybe the Jets will show us what they have been hiding during the preseason.
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Lynda Altman grew up just outside of New York City. She has been a Jets fan all of her life and hopes they have a winning season in 2012. You can contact her @LdyJetsFan on Twitter.