The Jets have released/waived 26 players and placed DL Kyle Phillips on reserve/PUP to reach the league-maximum 53 players.
Of the 26 players removed from the roster, 14 were on offense and 12 on defense. All 10 members of the Jets' 2021 draft class made the initial 53-player roster.
"This is by the far the worst part of football and for some of them the dream of playing professional football is over," head coach Robert Saleh told reporters Monday. "For some, they're still going to be able to continue on. You never want to be the one to deliver bad news and you just hurt for them because you know how much effort and how much work they've put into it. So it's not easy, it will never be easy and it doesn't matter what role you are — whenever you have to tell somebody that their dream of playing professional football is possibly over, it's not a good thing."
Phillips (6-4, 277) was placed on the active/PUP list July 23. He was placed on injured reserve Oct. 28, 2020 after sustaining a season-ending ankle injury. He had 11 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 1 QB hit in seven games (three starts) in the 2020 season. He signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and led the Green & White with 18 tackles for loss (according to coach's statistics) and made 52 tackles and had 1.5 sacks as a rookie.
See the Current 2021 Roster Leading Up to the Regular Season
Here are the Jets' 27 transactions made by today's 4 p.m. ET deadline, grouped by positions:
|D.J. Montgomery||WR||2||W-2020 (CLE)||Waived|
|Dan Brown||TE||7||UFA-2019 (CHI)||Released|
|David Moore||OL||R||W-2021 (CAR)||Waived|
Over the coming days, GM Joe Douglas and his staff will have the flexibility to continue to shape the roster, moving players to injured reserve, adding players who were let go from around the league and executing trades in addition to filling a 16-person practice squad.
The Jets hold the second slot in the waiver-wire priority (JAX is No. 1) and will hold that spot until after Week 3 of the regular season. At that point, the priority will match the NFL standings instead of the 2021 draft order. Teams can claim players who are waived until Sept. 1 at 4PM EST. After that, teams can sign players to their practice squad.
The NFL is following the same format as the 2020 season. In addition to the traditional practice-squad qualifications, teams can have up to four players who don't have more than two accrued seasons without a game limitation and up to six players with no limitations of accrued seasons. One example of this from last season was when the Green & White added LB Alec Ogletree, who was 28 and played in 93 games in seven seasons at the time, to the P-squad.
Like last year, teams are allowed to promote two players from their practice squad on gameday and each player called up will revert back to the PS. Practice squad players cannot sign with another team's practice squad but are free to sign with another team's 53-man roster at any time unless they are one of their team's protected players. Teams decide on four protected players weekly.
Players that are on PUP or NFI don't count towards the 53-man roster. They're eligible to return to action after the team's sixth game. Players placed on IR before the cut to 53 are ineligible to return during the regular season. The Jets have five players on injured reserve including DE Carl Lawson. If a player is placed on injured reserve after the roster cuts and during the regular season, they are required to miss three weeks.