Updated, 7:30 p.m ET
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum announced the waiving of 26 players and two trades in getting down to 53 players by the NFL's deadline tonight.
For many, the trades were the most intriguing part of the day. The Jets sent DB Dwight Lowery to Jacksonville (their Week 2 opponent at MetLife Stadium) for an undisclosed conditional draft choice. And they acquired rookie guard
On a recently concluded evening conference call with beat reporters, Rex Ryan said the trade of Lowery to the Jaguars was a numbers situation and a deal that should help the fourth-year man in his pro career.
"When we looked at our secondary, we're pretty much loaded," Ryan said. At safety, he said, "you have
The Jets were happy to be able to get the 6'4", 302-pound Schlauderaff (pronounced (SHLAH-der-off), a Green Bay sixth-round pick this year, to respond to some questions they have about their OL depth.
"I think when we looked at him coming out of Utah, we thought he could play center and guard. He played both guard spots for Green Bay and he did practice at center at Utah," Ryan said of the Utes' four-year starter. "This is a young man we were really interested in for the draft. We were excited about him. I feel better about our depth now than I did, that's for sure."
Still, after waiving Robby Felix and Zane Taylor, two players who played center after Rob Turner's injury in the Houston preseason opener, Ryan said the short-term response at center should starter
Schlauderaff, in a summer interview as a Packer, knew he was entering a whole new football world but was confident about his chances.
"To me it’s a challenge and I’m looking forward to see what I can do," he said. "I work hard, I think I’ve got physical tools. One thing I pride myself in is I play physical, and I think I play nasty.”
The transactions today left the Ryan/Mike Pettine defense with 26 players, including nine linebackers and 10 defensive backs, to the offense's 24 players (plus the three kicking-game specialists).
The big position winner on the defensive side was linebacker as the Jets initially have kept five outside 'backers — including three backups in former Bills first-round pick Aaron Maybin, well-traveled
And Ryan held onto 10 DBs. Six are corners, including recently re-signed Isaiah Trufant, and four are safeties.
With some positions getting a few extra numbers, others would get trimmed back accordingly. And that position initially appears to be wide receiver. Four of the moved players today were wideouts, including holdover
That puts the WRs at five players. Three are big-name veterans in
At QB, for the moment the Jets are down to two healthy arms, one belonging to
Other tough releases were
As with all final cut days, it bears repeating that this roster can change in different ways over the coming days heading toward opening night, Sept. 11, vs. the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife. The Jets can put in claims for other teams' waived players, sign suddenly available free agents, and release other players from this list to make room. And the Jets along with all 31 other NFL teams will be announcing their eight-man practice squads late Sunday afternoon.
Here are the released Jets players by position that were officially announced at 6 p.m. ET:
QB (1) — Drew Willy
RB (1) — Chris Jennings
WR (4) — Michael Campbell, Dan DePalma, Scotty McKnight, Patrick Turner
TE (2) —
OL (7) —
DL (2) — Jarron Gilbert, Lorenzo Washington
LB (4) — Matt Berning, Eddie Jones, Joey LaRocque, Brashton Satele
DB (5) — Byron Landor, Ellis Lankster, Davon Morgan,
And here is the Jets' current roster of 53 players by position:
QB (3) — Mark Brunell, Greg McElroy, Mark Sanchez
WR (5) — Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, Derrick Mason, Logan Payne