One of the worst parts of the NFL, Jets head coach Adam Gase said after the preseason finale against Philadelphia on Thursday, is today, final cutdown day.
"It's tough because you develop relationships, and then you have to move on," Gase said. "You'll never see some of these guys again."
Most of the 38 players that general manager Joe Douglas and the Jets had to move by 4 p.m. ET today to get from 91 players down to their initial 53-player roster are headed for other teams or other opportunities. That list includes LB Jachai Polite, this year's third-round selection out of Florida, plus two players who contributed to the Green & White cause the past two seasons — RB Elijah McGuire and TE Eric Tomlinson.
One player, CB Parry Nickerson, a sixth-round choice out of Tulane last year, was traded today to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a conditional 2021 draft pick.
Another, sixth-round rookie CB Bless Austin, has been placed on the Non-Football Injury list. Two players — TE Chris Herndon and LB Brandon Copeland — are starting four-game league suspensions.
Two of the Jets' cuts were of their third and fourth quarterbacks, Davis Webb and Luke Falk. That leaves the team at the moment with two QBs, Sam Darnold and Trevor Siemian. That could change in the next week, but the Jets have traditionally had at least three QBs on their active roster for opening day. Only twice in the last 20 years did they start the season with just two signal-callers — in 2014 (Geno Smith and Michael Vick) and last year (Darnold and Josh McCown).
More moves could be coming in the next several days as Douglas, Gase and the front office team comb the waiver wire. Plus the Jets will begin to fill their practice squad slots after players clear waivers Sunday.
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Here are the 38 player moves, with players grouped by positions:
|Austin, Bless||CB||R||Non-Football Injury|
|Nickerson, Parry||CB||2||Traded to SEA|
|Copeland, Brandon||LB||5||NFL Suspension|
|Herndon, Chris||TE||2||NFL Suspension|