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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:

Player Position Experience Transaction
John Wolford QB R Waived
George Atkinson RB 3 Waived
Dimitri Flowers FB R Waived
Charles Johnson WR 5 Released
Alex Balducci G 1 Waived
Antonio Garcia T 2 Waived
Gino Gradkowski G 6 Released
Darius James T R Waived
Dakoda Shepley G R Waived
Xavier Cooper DL 4 Waived
Mych Thomas DL R Waived
Kendall Reyes DL 6 Released
David Bass LB 6 Released
Obum Gwacham LB 4 Waived
Kevin Minter LB 6 Released
Xavier Coleman CB 2 Waived
Kacy Rodgers II S 1 Waived
Terrell Sinkfield CB 1 Waived

Saturday cuts:

Player Position Experience Transaction
Thomas Rawls RB 4 Waived
Charcandrick West RB 5 Released
Travis Swanson C 5 Released
Chad Hansen WR 2 Waived
Tre McBride WR 4 Waived
ArDarius Stewart WR 2 Reserve/Suspended
Clive Walford TE 4 Waived
Deon Simon DL 2 Waived
Dylan Donahue LB 2 Waived
Frankie Luvu LB R Waived
Lorenzo Mauldin LB 4 Waived
Kevin Pierre-Louis LB 5 Reserve/Suspended
Anthony Wint LB R Waived
Brandon Bryant S R Waived
Jeremy Clark CB 2 Waived
Rontez Miles S 4 Reserve/PUP
Rashard Robinson CB 3 Reserve/Suspended
Taylor Bertolet K 1 Waived

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)

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

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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:

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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.

Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]