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The New York Jets have finally cut down to the final 53 that make up the official 2018 Week 1 roster they’ll take into Detroit when taking on the Lions.

They cut 18 on Friday. They then cut 18 more on Saturday. Due to the fact Teddy Bridgewater was traded away prior to the preseason finale in Philadelphia on Thursday night, the New York Jets started at 89 players, not 90.

After 36 cuts over the last two days, they’re now down to 53.


Friday cuts:

PlayerPositionExperienceTransaction
John WolfordQBRWaived
George AtkinsonRB3Waived
Dimitri FlowersFBRWaived
Charles JohnsonWR5Released
Alex BalducciG1Waived
Antonio GarciaT2Waived
Gino GradkowskiG6Released
Darius JamesTRWaived
Dakoda ShepleyGRWaived
Xavier CooperDL4Waived
Mych ThomasDLRWaived
Kendall ReyesDL6Released
David BassLB6Released
Obum GwachamLB4Waived
Kevin MinterLB6Released
Xavier ColemanCB2Waived
Kacy Rodgers IIS1Waived
Terrell SinkfieldCB1Waived

Saturday cuts:

PlayerPositionExperienceTransaction
Thomas RawlsRB4Waived
Charcandrick WestRB5Released
Travis SwansonC5Released
Chad HansenWR2Waived
Tre McBrideWR4Waived
ArDarius StewartWR2Reserve/Suspended
Clive WalfordTE4Waived
Deon SimonDL2Waived
Dylan DonahueLB2Waived
Frankie LuvuLBRWaived
Lorenzo MauldinLB4Waived
Kevin Pierre-LouisLB5Reserve/Suspended
Anthony WintLBRWaived
Brandon BryantSRWaived
Jeremy ClarkCB2Waived
Rontez MilesS4Reserve/PUP
Rashard RobinsonCB3Reserve/Suspended
Taylor BertoletK1Waived

The final 53-man roster is as follows:

Quarterback (2):

  1. Sam Darnold
  2. Josh McCown

Running Back (4):

  1. Isaiah Crowell
  2. Bilal Powell
  3. Trenton Cannon
  4. Elijah McGuire

Fullback (1):

  1. Lawrence Thomas

Wide Receiver (6):

  1. Robby Anderson
  2. Quincy Enunwa
  3. Jermaine Kearse
  4. Terrelle Pryor
  5. Andre Roberts
  6. Charone Peake

Tight End (4):

  1. Eric Tomlinson
  2. Chris Herndon
  3. Jordan Leggett
  4. Neal Sterling

Offensive Line (9):

  1. Kelvin Beachum (LT)
  2. James Carpenter (LG)
  3. Spencer Long (C)
  4. Brian Winters (RG)
  5. Brandon Shell (RT)
  6. Brett Qvale (T/G)
  7. Dakota Dozier (G)
  8. Ben Braden (T)
  9. Jonotthan Harrison (C/G)

Interior Defensive Line (6):

  1. Leonard Williams (DL)
  2. Steve McLendon (NT)
  3. Nathan Shepherd (DL)
  4. Henry Anderson (DL)
  5. Chris Pennel (NT)
  6. Folorunsu Fatukasi (DL)

Outside Linebacker (3):

  1. Jordan Jenkins
  2. Josh Martin
  3. Brandon Copeland

Inside Linebacker (3):

  1. Darron Lee
  2. Avery Williamson
  3. Neville Hewitt

Cornerback (7):

  1. Trumaine Johnson
  2. Morris Claiborne
  3. Buster Skrine
  4. Parry Nickerson
  5. Darryl Roberts
  6. Derrick Jones
  7. Juston Burris

Safety (5):

  1. Jamal Adams (SS)
  2. Marcus Maye (FS)
  3. J.J. Wilcox (SS)
  4. Terrence Brooks (FS)
  5. Doug Middleton (FS)

Special Teams (3):

  1. Jason Myers (K)
  2. Lachlan Edwards (P)
  3. Thomas Hennessy (LS)

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PUP List:

  • Rontez Miles (SS)

Injured Reserve:

  • Ben Ijalana (T)

Reserve / Suspended:

  • Kevin Pierre-Louis (ILB)
  • Rashard Robinson (CB)
  • ArDarius Stewart (WR)

Twenty-six offensive players kept while only 24 on the defensive side remain. Incredibly, only six linebackers remain on the final roster. This number will not last for more than a week as Kevin Pierre-Louis will be coming off his one-week suspension to fill in as the third or fourth inside backer. A fourth EDGE man will also eventually be needed.

For now, however, 12 defensive backs are employed under Todd Bowles, the Super Bowl champion safety.

Like Pierre-Louis, Rashard Robinson will also become a regular member of the roster after serving his suspension. And since there’s no way they can carry eight corners, Justin Burris and Derrick Jones will likely be battling each other for the next four weeks.

Where ESNY Went Wrong

Jets 53-man projection. Shocker? Chad Hansen over Charles Johnson (depending on how you look at it). Andre Roberts is desperately needed as a return man. Cannon shouldn't have any issues making it unless a back on Maccagnan's short-list shows face. Dozer vs. Shepley should be interesting (if they only keep eight on the OL). Rashard Robinson's suspension really helps out young Derrick Jones. No, this will not be the 10-man practice squad. In fact, probably two or three of them will only be on the squad. It's simply impossible to know who'll be cut from other teams and, again, who's on Mikey Mac's short-list around the league. #Jets #NYJ #JetsCamp #NFL #Darnold #SamDarnold #NYJets #NewYorkJets FULL STORY ON ESNY: https://elitesportsny.com/2018/08/26/new-york-jets-53-man-week-1-roster-projection-sam-darnold/

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We had 45 of the 52 on the mark (as we’ll give ourselves a break on the Bridgewater slot). The most surprising non-employee at the moment is Frankie Luvu. Considering how weak the edge is, it made all the sense in the world to give a flier to the hard-working youngster.

Overall, nothing is shocking. These final 53-man rosters are nothing more than a one-week deal. Things drastically change come Week 2.

It’s now officially time for the Detroit Lions.

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