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The Jets, along with every other team in the NFL, must cut their rosters down to 53 players by Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

“This is by far the worst part of football. For some of [the players], the dream of playing professional football is over. For some, they’re still going to be able to continue on. You never want to be the one to deliver bad news and you just hurt for them because you know how much the effort and how much work they put into it. It’s not easy, it’ll never be easy, and it doesn’t matter what role you are whenever you have to tell somebody that their dream of playing professional football is possibly over, it’s not a good thing.”

Jets head coach Robert Saleh uttered the above words when asked by the New York Post‘s Brian Costello about the annual cutdown day.

Teams, including the Jets, will need to shrink their rosters down to 53 players by Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Some players could head to other teams; others may have their careers ended. But it’s what needs to be done ahead of the 2021 season.

The Jets have a ton of decisions to make in a short amount of time — which players will not be remaining on the active roster?

CB Lamar Jackson

WR Lawrence Cager

S Bennett Jackson

S J.T. Hassell

DE Jeremiah Valoaga

Even with Carl Lawson and Vinny Curry both out for the year and Kyle Phillips on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, defensive end Jeremiah Valoaga still couldn’t survive the roster cuts.

OL Corey Levin

DE Aaron Adeoye

C Jimmy Murray

QB Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson put together a good showing in the team’s third and final preseason game, going 7-for-8 for 73 yards and a touchdown.

However, the Jets are staying young in the quarterback room — Mike White (26) will back up Zach Wilson (22).

OG David Moore

DE Hamilcar Rashed

WR Vyncint Smith

RB Josh Adams

TE Kenny Yeboah, Ryan Griffin, Dan Brown, QB James Morgan

This comes after Yeboah caught two touchdown passes in the Jets’ final preseason game, including the one as time expired that led to the tying two-point conversion.

Oh, and as for the James Morgan release, it seems the Jets will be moving forward with just Zach Wilson and Mike White at quarterback (at least for the time being).

DL Ronnie Blair, S Elijah Campbell, LB Noah Dawkins, LB Camilo Eifler, OL Grant Hermanns, WR DJ Montgomery, S Sharrod Neasman, LB Del’Shawn Phillips, DL Tanzel Smart, OL Isaiah Williams

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.