New York Jets cuts tracker: Here’s who missed the 53-man roster

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The New York Jets have until 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 2 to cut their roster from 90 players to 53. In previous years, the NFL has enforced a deadline by which teams must trim from 90 to 75, and then to 53. That is no longer the case.

Keep this tab open (and constantly refresh) for up-to-the-minute Jets cuts. Here are a few of the other responsibilities the Jets have before the season officially kicks off, courtesy of the NFL Communications Department:

  • 9/2/2017: Simultaneously with the cut-down to a 53-man roster, clubs must designate players on the Active/PUP and Active/Non-Football Injury list to either the Reserve/PUP list, Reserve/Non-Football Injury list; they may also waive or trade the player or count them toward the active roster
  • 9/3/2017: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time. (Note: Jets are currently sixth on the waiver wire)
  • 9/3/2017: Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately 1:00 p.m., New York time, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of 10 players

Without further adieu, here are the New York Jets cuts:

OT Jeff Adams

Friday’s first cut was offensive tackle Jeff Adams, a 27-year-old who spent the last three years with the Houston Texans. The cut was first reported by Brian Costello of the New York Post.

LB Spencer Paysinger

The 29-year-old linebacker recorded 16 combined tackles in New York’s four preseason games this year, including seven in the preseason finale. The cut was first reported by Daryl Slater of

TE Brandon Barnes

Barnes, a 256-pound rookie out of Alabama State, was merely a camp body who didn’t factor into the equation at New York’s crowded tight end competition. The news was first reported by’s Darryl Slater.

WR Myles White

Moments after the Jets reportedly traded Sheldon Richardson for Seattle wide receiver Jermaine Kearse,’s Connor Hughes reported the Jets cut White.

K Ross Martin

In the first surprise of the day, the Jets cut Ross Martin, the former Duke kicker, giving the kicking competition crown to fourth-year veteran Chandler Catanzaro. Martin looked like the more impressive kicker in training camp — if only by a slight margin — which wasn’t enough to keep him around. Brian Costello first reported the cut.

WR Chris Harper

The 5-foot-11 receiver from California recorded four catches for 34 yards in the 2017 preseason.

OL Craig Watts

TE Brandon Barnes

DL Jeremy Faulk

DB Armagedon Draughn

The Jets acquired Draughn on Aug. 28 when they waived defensive lineman Devon Still.

DB David Rivers

Rivers is an undrafted free agent from Youngstown State.

NT Deon Simon

One of the most surprising cuts so far is Deon Simon, the nose tackle who is a product of Mike Maccagnan’s first draft as the general manager of the Jets. Simon, a seventh-round pick, was productive in a reserve role last year and could have been part of the team’s future plans at defensive line. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the cut. It could mean that Mike Pennel may make the final 53-man roster.

DL Lawrence Thomas

The 24-year-old defensive end recorded four tackles for the Jets last season and is a practice squad candidate.

OLB Frank Beltre

Beltre was in the wide-open competition at outside linebacker and even saw reps with the first team during training camp. He is also a practice squad candidate. The cut was first reported by Brian Costello.

WR Dan Williams

The former Jackson State star was waived on Saturday. His release was first reported by Costello.

RB Jahad Thomas

Costello reported the release.

WR Frankie Hammond

Here’s another notable cut: Hammond, who got reps at kick and punt returner, was cut according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.

LS Tanner Purdum

The Jets announced the release of the long snapper, who was previously the longest-tenured Jet. Purdum was the last remaining member of the Jets’ 2010 AFC championship team. Thomas Hennessy will be New York’s long snapper after the Jets traded for him in August.

RB Romar Morris

WR Gabe Marks

Injury Notes:

  • The Jets also announced that wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, tight end Chris Gragg and linebacker Corey Lemonier were played on injured reserve and will not count toward the active roster.
  • Rookie cornerback Jeremy Clark will begin the year on the reserve/non-football injury list.

About Max Marcilla

Max is a sophomore broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland. He is the news director for WMUC Sports, a reporter for The Left Bench TV and the co-owner of New York Jet Fuel, a site dedicated to covering the New York Jets. You can contact Max at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @MMarcilla98.

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