The New York Jets released six players on Sunday morning to get the roster down to 75.
WRs Jacoby Ford and Michael Campbell were released as was corner Ras-I Dowling. The Jets also released TE Colin Anderson, FB Chad Young and DE Anthony Grady.
Ford was a free agent pickup from Oakland in March and Dowling is a former second round pick of the Patriots.
The Jets had to get down to 75 players by Tuesday. The next cutdown is the final 53-man roster on Saturday.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comFord is the biggest name here. Brought in from the Raiders to compete for the team’s kick returner duties, Ford had an up and down camp. While he shone without pads during the early part of the preseason, Ford tended to show concentration lapses and poor hands at times. Both problems came back to Ford on Friday night against the Giants. Ford muffed a punt and was also flagged for a rare offensive pass interference penalty. Saalim Hakim seems the likely candidate to replace Ford as the team’s top returner, but Clyde Gates and Jalen Saunders might also lay claim to the role. Also, don’t rule out the possibility that the Jets might not yet have the returner on their roster depending on who else gets cut in coming days.
Dowling shone during spring practices, but was unable to bring the same consistency to the Jets over the preseason. With the state that the Jets secondary is in, that the Jets were willing to move on from Dowling shows how bad it might have gotten.
Young was raw, but was the roster’s only real “thumper” candidate as a blocking back. Between the pass-first tight ends and fullback Tommy Bohannon, the Jets must feel confident in their line’s run blocking without much help from the FB/TE group.