During the second half of the Jets' preseason finale against the Eagles, general manager Mike Maccagnan appeared on the CBS-2HD telecast with Ian Eagle and Greg Buttle. When asked about the major cutdown that is on the horizon for all 32 NFL clubs, Maccagnan indicated the Green & White will look elsewhere to make their roster more competitive.
"We're going to be very active going through the waiver wire like a lot of teams are, trying to figure out if there are players out there who can potentially helps us," he said. "But I think over the next few days here as the cuts kind of come in, we've done a lot of work trying to either evaluate these players and kind of stacking them and ranking them.
"We've also tried to figure out who the potential bubble players are," he added. "As we go forward, it will be a situation where it's a little more challenging but we're kind of excited about it."
When the topic of wide receivers was broached, Maccagnan said he was pleased with the progress of rookies ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen. But he added that the Jets will search what is available on the market.
"You evaluate your own players within your position groups, but then you compare them to other guys who get either traded potentially or waived on the waiver wire," he said.
While the Green & White will open the regular season with Josh McCown under center, Maccagnan said both Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty took steps forward during this summer.
"Our two young quarterbacks have both made good improvement and progress, especially both those guys from a year ago," he said. "With Christian, he's done some good things both in practice and in the games. He's only 22-years-old. This is his first time in this offense, a good learning experience for him to grow and mature."