Some surprise cuts for the Jets

The Jets' final roster cuts were full of surprises. Here's a look at four players who unexpectedly received a visit from "The Turk" over the weekend:

Dax Strohmeyer, LB: The Jon Bon Jovi lookalike figured his days of living on a prayer (sorry) were over when he practiced with the Jets Saturday morning. But he was informed of the bad news after the workout. Strohmeyer, who was told he was a little undersized to be a linebacker, was probably beat out by Hofstra's Joe Todd, a similarly small-ish linebacker who wowed the Jets' staff with his special teams play. Strohmeyer was impressive on special teams as well but couldn't overcome the impressions Todd had made on position coach Mike Westhoff.

Desmond Kitchings, WR: Kitchings made a solid first impression when he caught a Hail Mary TD pass from Chad Pennington in the preseason opener against Atlanta, but he faltered over the next couple weeks. It looked as if Kitchings might have a shot to stick as a return man, but his ticket out of town was punched when the Jets acquired Chad Morton to return kickoffs and punts.

Jason Wiltz, NT: From starter to unemployed in four weeks. As the most experienced nose tackle behind the injured Jason Ferguson, all Wiltz had to do was perform steadily to win the Opening Day job. But he was uninspired all summer and was clearly beaten out by rookie James Reed.

Scott Slutzker, TE: Appeared to have a backup tight end job locked up but was a victim of the Jets' need to shed salary in order to sign a veteran nose tackle. Without Slutzker, the Jets' backup to Anthony Becht is long snapper James Dearth, who has zero NFL catches.

NEWS AND NOTES: Slutzker's demise allowed the Jets on Monday to sign veteran Steve Martin—no, not THAT Steve Martin—to provide some much-needed depth at nose tackle. Martin, who a six-year veteran who played for GM Terry Bradway last year in Kansas City, will be the backup to Reed…The Jets' practice squad is as follows: OL Siitupe Peko, QB Tory Woodbury, RB Marlion Jackson, TE Daniel Wilcox and DT Girardi Mercer. Peko was a seventh round draft choice of the Jets last spring while Woodbury, Jackson and Wilcox all came to Weeb Ewbank Hall this summer as unsigned free agents. Mercer was cut this summer by both Philadelphia and New England.

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