The New York Jets waived seven players today, leaving the roster number at 80 players. The team needs to be down to 75 players by 4 p.m. on Monday. Among the players waived are: defensive tackle Matt Hardison, wide receivers Dexter Jackson and Raymond Webber, guard Terrence Campbell, long snapper Derek Chard, cornerback LeQuan Lewis and safety Marcus Lott.
The New York Jets roster has been trimmed to 80 with the announcement of seven waived players. The moves essentially free up playing time for the players in contention for the final roster spots with final cuts coming up soon.
Matt Hardison and Terrence Campbell were the only linemen in this group of cuts, with Hardison a defensive tackle and Campbell a guard. Matt Hardison is an undrafted rookie out of Delaware, Terrence Campbell also went undrafted out of South Carolina.
Wide receivers Dexter Jackson and Raymond Webber never had much of a shot to make the roster. The Jets actually have solid depth players, with the instability at the position caused by injuries. The emergence of Royce Pollard as an undrafted free agent out of Hawaii made these two expendable at this point.
Cornerback LeQuan Lewis was another long shot, with the Jets having very good depth in the secondary. Especially with undrafted rookies Donnie Fletcher and Ryan Steed in the mix, Lewis was always on the outside looking in. Marcus Lott was in a similar position at safety, with the Jets having used two draft picks on Antonio Allen and Josh Bush.
Derek Chard was also not expected to make the roster. He was essentially brought in for a look and to have another long snapper in training camp, already ruled out for the final roster barring an injury to Tanner Purdum. Tanner Purdum is healthy, meaning there is no available spot for Derek Chard.
While cuts are never easy to make at the NFL level, these will be some of the easier ones. As the roster gets thinner and thinner, the separation between players becomes less and less. Tomorrow's game against the Carolina Panthers should have an impact on some jobs, but the game against the Philadelphia Eagles will be the final evaluation for the fringe players.
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