NFL teams must set their "final" rosters for Opening Day by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 3. The Jets have made their final moves and have trimmed their roster to 53 players.
The following is an unofficial list of names that will be removed from the Opening Day roster based on NLF insider Ralph Vacchiano's league and NFL sources and information from players and agents, as well as other published reports. The list is subject to change until the team makes an official announcement Saturday after 4 p.m.
1) Suspended June 30, DT Sheldon Richardson (Out Week 1)
Richardson has been suspended for one game due to a violation of the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. He served a four-game suspension last season for violating their substance abuse policy, and his recent suspension stems from a road race last July.
Brian Bassett: I'm a little surprised it was just a one-game ban. I'm certainly not complaining, but considering the cloud Sheldon was already under when this transpired last year, I thought it might be substantially worse. Is this a silver lining? Maybe, since it could help stash one extra player through the upcoming waiver frenzy.
2) DT Tarrow Barney
Brian Bassett: Barney moved to nose tackle for the Jets and has consistently played better over the course of his training camp and preseason. Barney played well enough in the final preseason game that should he go unclaimed should almost certainly find himself on the Jets practice squad to start the season.
3) RB Antone Smith
Brian Bassett: While he caught the league by storm in 2014 with an incredible streak of home run plays for the Mike Smith led stick-in-the-mud Atlanta Falcons, the running back suffered a broken leg in Week 11 and has never seemed to recover that trademark burst.
4) DE Claude Pelon
5) LB Freddie Bishop
6) LB Trevor Reilly
Brian Bassett: Drafted in 2014 by John Idzik, Reilly was an older player coming into the league. It was impressive to see him make the 2015 roster under new management, but athletic limitations caught up to Reilly's special teams and sub-package role.
7) CB Darryl Morris
8) OL Mike Liedtke
9) TE Zach Sudfeld
Brian Bassett: The former Patriot tight end has seemed to play at his best in shells on the practice fields but has struggled to put it all together under the lights. This might foreshadow the Jets plans around Jace Amaro.
10) S Doug Middleton
Brian Bassett:I liked some of what I saw from Middleton in the preseason, but seeing both Morris and Middleton now released should shed some light on the Jets intentions regarding Dee Milliner and Dex McDougle.
11) OL Craig Watts
Brian Bassett: Watts played well in his time with the backups during the preseason. I fully expect Watts could be a strong candidate for the practice squad.
12) LB Taiwan Jones
Brian Bassett: Jones flashed in camp in 2015 and looked promising, but some struggles in the 2016 preseason games and the additions of Darron Lee and others to the roster made him expendable this season. Jones might be a candidate for the practice squad for the Jets and a later call-up should he pass through waivers.
13) WR/KR Jeremy Ross
Brian Bassett: Ross seemed keyed into the returner spot for the Jets but as I had suggested a week ago I would not be surprised if the Jets were to bring in an external player as their returner through the waiver process. Ross's waiving is a strong indication of Robby Anderson's chances.
14) WR Kenbrell Thompkins
Brian Bassett:While Thompkins had some hero moments at the end of 2015, his silence in the 2016 preseason was deafening. The Jets must feel good about their rookie Charone Peake, who has a similar profile.
15) FB Tommy Bohanon
Brian Bassett: Bohanon was picked by John Idzik because he "scouted" him on the same team as his son at Wake Forest. Bohanon wasn't worth a draft pick at the time and has done nothing to disabuse me of that notion on offense or special teams.
16) TE Wes Saxton
Brian Bassett: A WR/TE type who was brought on board last year as a priority free agent, Saxton has flashed at times and might make the team's practice squad assuming he passes through waivers.
17) CB Bryson Keeton
18) WR Chandler Worthy
19) CB Kevin Short
20) TE Jace Amaro
Brian Bassett: When you look past the draft pedigree of this 2014 second round pick, all you can see is that it's not working between this team and this player. Have there been moments when he shined? Certainly, but on the whole, I saw a player who was not a natural pass catcher who benefited from a high-volume college offense and was unable to catch affectively or block effectively in the NFL. I'm sure the team will take a chance on him in the coming weeks but this isn't the right place and Chan Gailey has no reason to fit a square peg into a round hole.
21) CB Dee Milliner
Brian Bassett: It is a shame that it has come to this. The former first-round pick looked promising down the stretch of his rookie year, but after a series of injuries and some lackluster play he has tumbled down the roster depth chart. At this point the Jets would rather eat the $4 million hit than keep him on the roster, which speaks volumes about how they feel about the player. Milliner will likely catch on with another team soon, but the Jets must feel confident in Juston Burris at this point.
22) OL Breno Giacomini (reserve/PUP list, back)
Brian Bassett: I wondered if the Jets would carry Breno on the active roster as an indication that they were close to bringing him back, but the roster spot is more valuable to the Jets right now and it makes sense to stash him and pay his salary cap freight despite replacement level play.