The Jets have officially claimed four players off of waivers, which of course means they will have to release four players that made the 53-man roster yesterday. The Jets claimed two tight ends, a running back and a cornerback.
Braedon Bowman (Jaguars) and Brian Parker (Cheifs) are the two tight ends the team claimed. Bowman is 6'4" 244 pounds and can be used as a tight end, H-back and fullback. Claiming two tight ends certainly puts Kellen Davis and/or Brandon Bostick in jeopardy of being cut but with Bowman's potential versatility fullback/line backer/special teamer Julian Howsare could also be released.
The running back the Jets claimed is Troymaine Pope (Seahawks). Pope went undrafted out of Javksonville State and signed with the Chiefs in OTAs before being released. The Seahawks signed him as a camp back but Pope took advantage of the opportunity and rushed for 162 yards on 24 carries this preseason, obviously catching the attention of the Jets pro scouts.
The fourth player the Jets claimed is cornerback Darryl Roberts. Roberts was waived/injured by the Patriots but the Jets were interested enough to claim him anyway. We'll have to wait and see to hear more about his health and when he'll be available to contribute. The immediate reaction is to think Dexter McDougle could be released to make room for Roberts, and he very well could be, but Todd Bowles would probably prefer to carry six corners so maybe not just yet on McDougle even if Roberts can contribute immediately.
This article will be updated as the players the Jets release are announced.
To make room for the new signings the Jets have released McDougle, Dominique Williams, Ronald Martin and Khiry Robinson. Robinson is a huge surprise but he was waived/injured after re-injuring the broken leg he suffered last year in the preseason game against the Eagles, reported by Kimberly Martin of Newsday.
The releasing of Martin is a surprise at this point because that leaves the Jets with only three safeties, and only five corners, while they currently have four quarterbacks and four tight ends. One would think all four tight ends are on notice and basically competing with each other for a permanent spot because it's unlikely all four stay for long and I will still be shocked if the Jets keep four quarterbacks for more than a week or two, if that.