With the first round of cut downs coming after the third preseason game this weekend the Jets coaching staff is going to have a lot of difficult decisions to make. Making matters worse is all the injuries to players who are definitely making the team means the Jets need to sign some players to have extra bodies at certain positions and let other players go before cut day.
With Calvin Pace suffering a strained groin injury and Lorenzo Mauldin dealing with a knee sprain the Jets needed an extra body at outside linebacker. That extra body is former Buffalo Bill Bryan Johnson. To make room for Johnson the Jets released tight end Steve Maneri. The Jets have a more pressing need to solidify their depth at tight end once the season starts than at outside linebacker but both Pace and Mauldin are expected to be healthy by the start of the season and Maneri didn't do anything in camp to earn himself a roster spot.
Johnson joined the Bills as an undrafted rookie out of West Texas A&M last season but spent his time on the practice squad before being released this summer. There's virtually nothing Johnson can do to make the Jets roster in this short of a time span but he could use this opportunity to showcase his talent on gametape and hope another team in need of outside linebacker/defensive end help takes notice.