Jets Release 11, Place Devin Smith on PUP List

The Jets reduced their roster to 78 today, releasing 11 players and placing WR Devin Smith on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List. All NFL teams must reduce their roster to a maximum of 75 by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30.

The complete list of today’s player moves:

OL Jesse Davis, C Kyle Friend, G Jarvis HarrisonThe 6’6”, 309-pound Davis signed with the Jets in January after the Idaho product participated in the Seahawks training camp last summer. Friend, an undrafted free agent from Temple, appeared in 43 games for the Owls and made 41 starts. A fifth-round pick of the Jets in 2015, Harrison was waived last November and later re-joined the team as a member of the practice squad.

OLB Deion Barnes, DT Shelby Harris, DE Helva MatunguluBarnes, who had two tackles in preseason action, came to the Jets in 2015 as an undrafted free agent from Penn State and was signed to the team’s practice squad last September. The 6’2”, 290-pound Harris signed in June after playing in eight games the past two seasons with the Raiders while recording 14 tackles and his first pro sack. Matungulu, an undrafted free agent from Western Carolina, collected 53 tackles, three sacks and seven TFL from 2013-15.

The Jets Close Out the Preseason on Sept. 1

RBs Lache Seastrunk and Terry Williams, WR Kyle Williams, TE Jason Vander LaanA  sixth-round selection (No. 186 overall) by Washington in the 2014 draft, Seastrunk signed with the Jets earlier this month. Terry Williams, a rookie who scored 14 total touchdowns at Kutztown his senior season, had two carries in preseason action. Kyle Williams, a 5’10”, 186-pounder in his sixth professional season, was a tryout player during the team’s minicamp and originally signed in June.  Vander Laan, who became the first player in NCAA history to pass and run for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons while leading Ferris State to a 37-9 record, was making the pro transition to tight end.

K Ross MartinOne of three players in ACC history with 400-plus points, Martin connected on four of his six field goal attempts in the preseason including a 55-yarder Saturday night vs. the Giants.

WR Devin Smith (PUP List)A second-round pick of the Jets in the 2015 NFL draft, Smith appeared in 10 games last season while catching nine balls for 115 yards with 1 TD. He tore the ACL in his right knee last December and was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform/Active list to start training camp. Smith is excluded from practicing or playing with the Jets for the first six weeks of the season. After that six-week period, the club has a three-week window to activate Smith to the 53-man roster.

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