The New York Jets announced on Tuesday the team has waived offensive guard Oday Aboushi. Having completed his one-game suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy, the Jets needed to either activate Aboushi to the 53-man roster, or move on from him. New York elected to do the latter. elected to do the latter.
Aboushi, 24, was originally drafted by the Jets in the fifth of the 2013 NFL Draft. After not playing a snap his rookie season, Aboushi started 10 games for the Jets in 2014, filling in for an injured Brian Winters. In those 10 games, Aboushi earned a ProFootballFocus.com overall grade of -2.1. The mark was the 38th-highest among offensive guards that played at least 50 percent of their teams snaps.
Prior to the start of this season, Aboushi was viewed as a front-runner to start at right guard, but early in training camp, it became clear that wasn't going to be the case. What began as a five-man competition quickly dissolved into much less, with Aboushi being the odd man out. Two weeks into camp, veteran Willie Colon was receiving the lion's share of reps with Winters and Brent Qvale rotating in and out. By the time the Jets began playing preseason games, Colon was receiving every first-team rep.
"He came back to camp in shape and he wanted it more. He played like he wanted it more," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said in early September. "He was the hungriest. He didn't bust as many assignments as the rest of them. He played tougher .He played more physical than the rest of them. So, he's the starter."
Aboushi is the second player let go from the Jets 2013 draft class, joining fellow offensive lineman William Campbell. Cornerback Dee Milliner, defensive end Sheldon Richardson, quarterback Geno Smith, Winters and fullback Tommy Bohanon still remain.