The New York Jets reduced their roster to 53 men Saturday in accordance with the league’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. Of the 21 players cut, the three that stand out are cornerback Dimitri Patterson, wide receiver Stephen Hill and quarterback Matt Simms.
Over the course of four hours Saturday, the Jets announced cuts via their official Twitter account, one to three players at a time. This is the full list of players who missed the final cut, in alphabetical order:
QB Tajh Boyd, OL William Campbell, LB Troy Davis, CB Brandon Dixon, LB AJ Edds, DT Tevita Finau, WR Clyde Gates, RB Alex Green, WR Stephen Hill, DL Kerry Hyder, LB Garrett McIntyre, S Rontez Miles, TE Chris Pantale, CB Johnny Patrick, CB Dimitri Patterson, OL Brent Qvale, CB Jeremy Reeves, RB Daryl Richardson, OL Caleb Schlauderaff, QB Matt Simms, DL Zach Thompson.
Linebacker Antwan Barnes was moved to the in-season physically unable to perform list to finalize the roster at 53.
The Dimitri Patterson era in New York has come to a sudden but proper end. The journeyman corner who signed in April went missing before the Jets’ preseason game against the New York Giants, and the team could not reach him all weekend. His mysterious absence was addressed the next week as the team suspended him for the remainder of the preseason. Perhaps the final strike against Patterson was the statement in which he called the organization “liars” concerning his absence.
Meanwhile, Stephen Hill looked good in camp in July, to the point that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called his summer “outstanding,” but August came and Hill looked like Hill again. He did nothing special to earn his roster spot in preseason games.
Hill’s agent, Alan Herman, claimed in an email to NJ.com that the Jets “never gave him the opportunity he deserved this year.” But Hill had plenty of opportunity, playing in all four preseason games this August. According to ESPN Stats and Info on Twitter, Hill had the second-lowest catch percentage in the league over the last two seasons, a measly 45 percent. Why bother saving a spot for someone who will catch the ball less than half the time and may have already hit his ceiling?
The most surprising cut of the day was Matt Simms, one of the most solid QB3 options in the league. The Jets released him along with sixth-round draft selection Tajh Boyd in favor of keeping only two quarterbacks on the roster. I don’t think this is smart, and I can only imagine that Simms will be signed to the 10-man practice squad if he clears waivers, though that’s a big “if.” ESPN’s Rich Cimini says the team will also look to re-sign Rontez Miles to the practice squad if he clears.
Below, the team’s final 53-man roster:
FB: Tommy Bohanon
In-Season Physically Unable to Perform List: LB Antwan Barnes.