The Jets have made their final cuts to complete their 53-man active roster. This post has was a running tally of all the cuts but has been updated to include all the cuts.
Eskridge played well in the final preseason game against the Eagles but that was the first and only time he flashed at all all training camp/preseason. It is however possible he could be a candidate for the practice squad.
Lynch is another cut that is hardly a surprise. The Jets will likely only be keeping two tight ends from the group they have, Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis, but they will have to keep one of their final 53 spots open for a third tight end that they will almost certainly pick up off of waivers.
According to ESPN's Josina Anderson the Jets have released LB Joe Mays. Mays deserves to be on an active NFL roster but while the Jets aren't top heavy at linebacker they do have an incredible amount of depth at that position and there just wasn't enough room on the roster for them to keep him. Mays should have little trouble finding another job.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that OLB Jason Babin has been released for what would be the biggest surprise cut so far but that's not saying much because this isn't actually much of a surprise. Seth Walder, also of the New York Daily News, reported that RB Daryl Richardson has been released which means Zac Stacy will make the final 53 as the third running back at least until Stevan Ridley is healthy and ready to play. Stacy played well all camp/preseason and definitely deserved to make the final roster.
Walder also reported that FB/LB Julian Howsare has been released and Dom Cosentino for the Star-Ledger reported that the Jets have cut DL Jordan Williams and Deion Barnes. Barnes will likely be a candidate for the practice squad if no one else claims him.
Also as first reported by Walder WR Shaquelle Evans has been released. He's another possible practice squad candidate if he clears waivers.
Scratch that part about Babin being the biggest surprise of the day. Matt Flynn announced his own release on Twitter and according to Mehta Josh Johnson has also been released. Do they have another quarterback in mind? Or are they comfortable enough with Bryce Petty as the backup until Geno Smith returns from injury. If the Jets do only keep three quarterbacks that opens up a valueable roster spot to be used on a quality player.
Offensive tackle Charles Brown has also been released according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.
Defensive end Ronald Talley has been released according to his own Twitter account. With Talley being released it looks like Stephen Bowen will make the final roster until Sheldon Richardson returns from his suspension.
Barnes, Lynch and Eskridge cuts have all been confirmed by JetsInsider.com's Connor Hughes and Josh Johnson's release has been confirmed by JetsInsider.com and just about everyone else.
The Jets have officially announced all their cuts now and we will list them all below.
TE - Lynch, Wes Saxton
RB - Richardson (Ridley on PUP)
FB - Howsare
QB - Flynn, Johnson
OL - Brown ( Oday Aboushi suspension still on roster)
DL - Talley, Jordan Williams (Sheldon Richardson suspension still on roster)
LB - Babin, Barnes, Mays and Taiwan Jones
CB - Keon Lyn
S - Eskridge
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Owusu being cut. Owusu had a great camp that was only derailed by a concussion but he picked up where he left off when he returned and with all the first-team reps he was getting seemed to be a lock to make the team. Maybe the Jets were worried about his history of concussions. Regardless the Jets are thin at receiver with only Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa as the only fully healthy receivers. It would appear they are confident Jeremy Kerley will be ready by the opener but it's doubtful Devin Smith would be so expect the Jets to add at least one receiver off of waivers.
One of the reasons why Owusu got cut was clearly because of all the offensive lineman they decided to keep. The Jets starting offensive line has been set but they are not in love with their backups. Reporters had trouble trying to figure out which OL would go and which would say and it appears the Jets were just as undecided and kept them all. Brian Winters, Jarvis Harrison, Dakota Dozier, Wesley Johnson, Brent Qvale, Ben Ijalana all made it for now. Harrison is likely safe, the Jets would probably like to redshirt him on the practice squad but don't want to suject him to waivers and risk losing him but a couple of the others shouldn't get too comfortable because if the Jets find someone on waivers they like a switch could definitely be coming.
PRACTICE SQUAD CANDIDATES:
If those three clear waivers expect them to return to the Jets.
STILL NOT SAFE:
As always many of these players aren't really safe yet. The "final" cuts aren't so final since in order to make room for any new players claimed off of waivers some of these players will have to go. News about waiver claims and other free-agent signings will start breaking tomorrow.