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Jets Announce 38 Moves to Get Down to 53-Man Roster

Cuts Include Rookie LB Jachai Polite, Young Veterans Elijah McGuire & Eric Tomlinson


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.

Top Images of the Green & White's Current Roster

Here are the 38 player moves, with players grouped by positions:

Table inside Article
Player Position Experience Transaction
Falk, Luke QB 2 Waived
Webb, Davis QB 3 Waived
Holmes, Valentine RB 1 Waived
McGuire, Elijah RB 3 Waived
Adeboyejo, Quincy WR 2 Waived
Burnett, Deontay WR 2 Waived
Peake, Charone WR 4 Waived
Smith, Jeff WR R Waived
Thompson, Deonte WR 7 Released
White, Tim WR 2 Waived
Tomlinson, Eric TE 4 Released
Anderson, Calvin T R Waived
Anderson, Ryan OL R Waived
Braden, Ben OL 2 Waived
Miller, Wyatt OL R Waived
Morgan, Jordan G 2 Waived
Smith, Eric T 2 Waived
Toth, Jon C 1 Waived
Alexandre, Justin DL R Waived
Sanders, Trevon DL R Waived
Stout, MyQuon DL R Waived
Anthony, Stephone LB 5 Released
Burgess, James LB 3 Waived
Mosley, Jamey LB R Waived
Polite, Jachai LB R Waived
Wint, Anthony LB 1 Waived
Austin, Bless CB R Non-Football Injury
Brown, Alex CB R Waived
Brown, Kyron CB R Waived
Campbell, Tevaughn CB 1 Waived
Cooper, Marcus CB 7 Released
Igwebuike, Godwin S 2 Waived
Kindred, Derrick S 4 Waived
Myers, Mark CB 1 Waived
Nickerson, Parry CB 2 Traded to SEA
Darr, Matt P 2 Waived
Copeland, Brandon LB 5 NFL Suspension
Herndon, Chris TE 2 NFL Suspension

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