Twenty days ago, linebacker Dwayne Gordon cut short a visit with the Indianapolis Colts when he realized the Jets, who had employed him the past four seasons, wanted to re-sign him. Maybe he still has the Colts' number on speed dial, because Gordon is back on the streets after the Jets released him in the first wave of roster cuts Monday.
Gordon was a valuable reserve and special teams player for the Jets throughout the Bill Parcells Era, but he never caught the eye of Herman Edwards, who decided two full weeks of practice and two preseason games were enough to decide Gordon couldn't help the team. The writing was on the wall for Gordon on Sunday when Edwards said Gordon was "…just doing OK. He's a veteran guy that we thought was really going to light it up and he really hasn't done that yet."
He won't get the chance now, nor will the 10 others cut on Monday. The other big name among the dismissed was fourth-year safety Scott Frost, who couldn't recover from missing the first three weeks of practice and the first two preseason games due to injuries he suffered in an off-season car accident. Other players let go Monday included former Rutgers WR Walter King, WRs Phil McGeoghan and Corey Alston, LBs Doug Colman and Aaron Humphrey, DT Jon Michals, G Matt Bonito and FBs Rodney Filer and Matt Comella, the latter of whom is the brother of Giants FB Greg Comella. The Jets' roster, now down to 65, must be reduced to the regular season limit of 53 by Sunday.
CHAD MAKING AN IMPRESSION: RB/KR/PR Chad Morton was supposed to sit out Saturday's game due to a sore hip and a recent bout with the flu, but the newest Jet told Edwards he was ready to go during warm-ups and proved it by averaging more than 20 yards on three punt returns and by running back a kickoff 67 yards (the return was nullified by a penalty on Frost). After spending most of the preseason worrying over who might return kicks and punts, the Jets are certain they have the right man for the jobs now.
"He did a nice job," Edwards said. "I think the players, after he ran the first [punt], they really got excited about him and started blocking it a little better for him."