Which players had their chances to make the 53 man roster hurt by free agency? Let's take a look.
Stacy entered free agency as the only halfback under contract for the Jets. After a poor season that ended with an injury, the Jets surely were not going to promote him to a starting role. It was clear the team was going to do something. It did not seem like the Jets were going to sign three backs, though. This likely leaves Stacy on the outside looking in unless there is a training camp injury.
There was a moderate degree of hype around the 2015 seventh round pick, namely Charley Casserly's declaration that Simon would be the next Damon Harrison. Remember, Harrison was an unheralded small school prospect who burst onto the scene in his second season. The signing of Steve McLendon leaves Simon without an avenue to gain a starting job. The Jets also signed Jarvis Jenkins as a depth piece also takes away a potential spot. Simon's situation is not as bleak as Stacy's. There still is a pathway for him to make the roster. It is just less clear now than it was a month ago.
Jones is another young player who has gotten some media buzz. Many were surprised he was not drafted a year ago, and there has been some talk of the Jets liking his potential. This did not stop the team from signing two players at his position, Erin Henderson and Bruce Carter. These moves greatly limit the potential for Jones to get playing time. Like Simon, Jones has a clear roster path. I think it is more likely than not he will ultimately be on the team. He now has little margin for error in camp, though.