The New York Jets cut wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Michael Campbell. The team also released cornerback Rasi-I Dowling, running back Chad Young, defensive end Anthony Grady, and tight end Colin Anderson.
The Jets are now down to 75 players on the team roster. These transactions were a reflection of the roster-cutdown that NFL teams are faced with, as they head into each new league year.
The most noticeable of the six players cut was Ford. Not exactly known for his ability at wide receiver, Ford mainly contributed as a returner on special teams.
Being that the Jets drafted Jalen Saunders (who is currently inactive) and have the speedy Clyde Gates to return kicks, the move isn’t all that surprising.
Dowling is another name that kind of stands out. After being drafted in the second round by the Patriots a couple years back, Dowling has failed to live up to the hype. He seemed to provide the Jets with decent depth recently, with injuries to Dee Milliner, Dimitri Patterson, and Dexter McDougle (most notably), but the team clearly wants to go in a different direction.
Considering that the NFL roster coutdowns have officially begun, look for the Jets to actively shop in the upcoming days. Keep an eye out for cornerbacks that are released (especially), assuming the Jets will add one… at the least. It’s almost a necessity at this point, as the Jets only have eight (six that are healthy) cornerbacks on the current roster. That’s eight cornerbacks, excluding safety-turned-cornerback Antonio Allen.
Not exactly what you want to hear, if you’re a Jets fan.