Jets Release Seven Players

Posted Aug 23, 2014

K Andrew Furney Plus 4 Offensive Players, 1 Defensive Player, P Jacob Schum Depart

The Jets today released seven players as they moved to reduce their roster to the NFL's 75-player limit.

Most notable among the releases was kicker Andrew Furney, whose 51-yard field goal with 1:08 remaining on his only play of the game provided the winning points in our 13-10 win over Indianapolis in the preseason opener.

Four offensive players, including three linemen, and linebacker Steele Divitto, plus Furney and punter Jacob Schum were released. With the roster already at 88 after placing draft choices CB Dexter McDougle and WR Shaq Evans on injured reserve, the team has six more players to move by Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

Here are the released players:

RB — Michael Smith

Smith (below) is a third-year player who was Tampa Bay's seventh-round pick in 2012. He was signed as a free agent Aug. 1 and didn't play in any of the Jets' three preseason games.

OL — Bruce Campbell, Patrick Ford, Markus Zusevics

Campbell arrived Aug. 5 after LB Jermaine Cunningham was placed on IR. He's in his fifth NFL season after being selected by Oakland in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He was traded to Carolina in '12, was waived/injured by the Panthers last year, and tried out with the Jets earlier this offseason. He was in for four plays at Cincinnati.

Ford is a first-year player in his second Jets preseason. Last year he was an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Kentucky who spent two weeks at Cortland with us before being released. Last November he spent a week on the Patriots' practice squad. He returned to the Jets when he signed a reserve/future deal on Jan. 9. He logged 27 plays in the first two summer games but did not play against the Giants.

Zusevics signed with us May 19 off of a successful tryout at our rookie minicamp. He is a third-year lineman who started with New England in 2012 and went on the Patriots' IR list in '13. He did not play in the three preseason games.

LB — Steele Divitto

Divitto was also an undrafted free agent who hails from Ridgefield CT, went to Don Bosco Prep in North Jersey and played his college ball for Boston College. He was in for 17 plays at Cincinnati and for a play in each of the home games against the Colts and the Giants.

Kickers — Andrew Furney, Jacob Schum

Furney and Schum both signed at the end of their tryouts at the full-squad minicamp June 19. Furney, who also got a look from the Seahawks in May, had an All-Pac 12 career at Washington State. He got on the field for four plays in the three preseason games and hit his long field goal plus two extra points. Schum, who spent parts of the last year-plus with Tampa Bay and Cleveland. His six punts this preseason grossed 40.0 yards and netted 37.7.


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