With one more preseason game left this year there are now 22 players on the Jets roster who will not make the final-53 man roster. Some of those players will end up on the Jets practice squad, some will get another chance to catch on with a different team and some might not even put on a football uniform again.
With a 4 pm deadline set for today the Jets made the last three roster moves necessary to get the roster down to 75 players as they waived/injured safety Dion Bailey, defensive lineman Jake Ceresna and running back Romar Morris.
Morris was starting to impress more and more each day but he took a hard hit from Rontez Miles a couple of weeks ago and went down hard. It was a shoulder injury and it's no surprise to anyone that saw the hit — which was a clean hit, but a hard clean hit — that Morris had to be waived/injured.
Bailey joined the Jets during the season last year, after being claimed on waivers after the Seahawks had released him, and played great in his first game with the Jets but hasn't been able to duplicate that performance since then. As is the case with these cuts, it's obviously bad news for Bailey but it could be good news for the undrafted rookie safety Doug Middleton. Middleton had an outstanding start to training camp and looked to be well on his way to securing a roster spot but an injury caused him to miss a couple of weeks before returning last week. If Middleton can put forth a strong showing against the Eagles Thursday night we could very well see Ronald Martin be the next safety cut and Middleton making the final-53.
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