The New York Jets have waived fourth year safety Bennett Jackson, second year running back Austin Walter and rookie defensive lineman Michael Dwumfour, and placed second year guard Cameron Clark on injured reserve. The moves get the Jets roster down to the required 85 players. Another round of moves will be required a week from today to get down to 80 players, and the final cuts to get down to 53 players will be required two weeks from today, on August 31.
Walter, claimed off of waivers by the Jets in May after spending last season on the 49ers’ practice squad, had four carries in the Jets’ preseason opener on Saturday. He struggled to keep his footing in that game, which could not have helped his already small chances at making the roster.
Dwumfour, an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers University, excelled in Saturday’s game against the New York Giants. He picked up half a sack, a pass defended, and a fumble recovery in an excellent professional debut. However, Dwumfour exited the game with a calf injury, and a UDFA at the back of the depth chart just cannot afford an injury right before cuts are required. It was an unfortunate break for the young defensive lineman, but perhaps he can catch on with an NFL practice squad once his calf heals.
Cameron Clark, the Jets’ 4th round selection in the 2020 NFL draft, was buried on the depth chart in his rookie year, and now his second year with the Jets is done before it started. Clark suffered a spinal contusion in practice recently which landed him in the hospital and kept him out of action. Clark is expected to make a full recovery, but he will not suit up for the Jets this season. Players placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the season are not permitted to return with the team that placed them on the injured reserve list. However, they may reach an injury settlement and be released, at which time they can be picked up by another team and elevated to the active roster.