Just like every team in the NFL, cuts were made to trim rosters down to 53 players. The New York Jets decided to let loose some pretty big names in the process. 

By Vincent Rapisardi

New York Jets: Big Names Being Cut The Theme; Roster Trimmed To 53We all know the New York Jets are starting from the bottom up, because of a regime change. A new head coach and general manager means every player brought in during the previous regime, is all of a sudden unsafe regarding roster status.

Loyalty doesn’t exist.

Here are some notable names they waived:

  1. Quarterback, Josh Johnson
  2. Quarterback, Matt Flynn
  3. Linebacker, Jason Babin
  4. Linebacker, Joe Mays
  5. Wide Receiver, Shaq Evans

I’m not going to sit here and vie for any of these players to retain a roster spot, because most of them are washed up, or have simply never been productive. But, these are well-known names around league circles.

I would say the biggest surprise is Evans, who was a fourth-round pick just last year. But, just like I said before, he doesn’t have a connection to the new regime. He wasn’t drafted by Todd Bowles or Mike Maccagnan. They have no ties to him because he’s not one of “their guys.”

Neither Flynn or Johnson seemed to have any chance to make the roster. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, and Bryce Petty were going to be the three quarterbacks. Period. End of story.

Both Babin and Mays are on the older side, and this cut could easily look like the end to both of their careers at this point. Babin to some, was a bit of a surprise, but his two sacks last season isn’t exactly the best way to keep your spot in a crowded linebacker group.

We all know the Jets have a very balanced roster. The question, like with many teams, is the quarterback. We’ll have to see how that plays out over the course of the season.

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Vincent is the Direct of Content – Features of EliteSportsNY.com, where he’s had his work shared by outlets such as Bleacher Report, Maxim Magazine and MetsBlog.com. He’s also conducted multiple interviews with professional athletes, while creating two nationally trending stories – leading to a mentioning on SportsCenter.