The end of the third preseason game brings the first round of cuts. The Jets need to trim their roster from 90 to 75 by 4:00 PM Tuesday.
#Jets are expected to release WR DeVier Posey, I'm told... Not all that surprising.— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) August 30, 2015
The Jets are cutting WR T.J. Graham, according to a source #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) August 30, 2015
Jets also releasing OT James Brewer, per source #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) August 30, 2015
Posey was acquired in a Draft trade with the Texans as the Jets moved down in the third round. He was having a nice preseason, but a roster spot seemed like an impossibility with the numbers in front of him at wide receiver. His impact was also probably a tad overstated. A few decent preseason games against backups and third stringers does not necessarily mean a player can produce in the NFL.
Jets are cutting C Dalton Freeman, according to a source.— Seth Walder (@SethWalderNYDN) August 30, 2015
Two years ago, somebody on the Jets told a few writers that the team liked Freeman. From that point on, it feels like people thought Freeman had more potential than he really did. When he got his chance from Nick Mangold's late season injury last year, it was not an impressive showing.
Jets have released CB Keith Lewis, per source. #nyj— Seth Walder (@SethWalderNYDN) August 30, 2015
#Jets are releasing speedster Saalim Hakim, I'm told— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) August 30, 2015
With how quickly this news keeps coming in, it sounds like the Jets might be making their moves at once. I wouldn't be surprised to see them down to 75 before the end of the day.
Hakim first found his way to the Jets in 2013. He was the first kickoff returner last season. Given his size, it was tough to see him contributing as much more than a returner and a gadget type on offense. Unfortunately, a few guys outplayed him in those areas.
The Jets officially announced the cuts mentioned above along with a few others.
WR Jonathon Rumph
WR Austin Hill
LB Bryan Johnson
DB Javier Arenas
DB Curtis Brown
Arenas' chances to make the team a punt returner might have been lost by Walter Powell's touchdown last night.
The roster stands at 78. The Jets need to get it to 75 by Tuesday.