The New York Jets had a turbulent Wednesday, making several adjustments to their active roster and naming their practice squad.
The New York Jets signed on to the NFL’s mandatory reduction to a 53-player roster on Tuesday, but Wednesday saw them make several changes to the roster …
Davis’s unrelated defensive pair, McDermott at IR
Defensemen Ashtyn Davis and Jarrad Davis were placed on the injured list along with tackle Connor McDermott. As the hits took place after 4 p.m. Wednesday, the line is eligible to return after Game 3 of the season.
Ashtyn Davis spent all of training camp on the Active / Physically Unable to Perform roster and did not participate in any preseason games. Injury issues plagued his rookie year, limiting him to 10 games. He had 36 tackles, one for a loss, after the Jets selected him in the third round (68th overall) of the 2020 Draft.
Meanwhile, Jarrad Davis was scheduled to take on one of the inside linebacker roles before injuring his ankle in Week 2 of the preseason against Green Bay. Head coach Robert Saleh previously predicted Davis wouldn’t be able to play until the Jets’ opening date in Week 6. Davis signed a one-year, $ 5 million contract with the Jets in the spring after. four seasons in Detroit.
McDermott was also injured in the preseason against the Packers, sustaining a knee injury. He’s set to enter his third season with the Jets, having entered the league as a sixth-round draft pick in the New England Draft. McDermott appeared in 15 games last season, starting one.
Tight Ends, Neasman returns to the active list
Tight ends Daniel Brown and Ryan Griffin and safety Sharrod Neasman were all part of the Jets’ original final cups, but were re-added to the active roster on Wednesday. Brown and Griffin step into a narrow room that will be missed by Chris Herndon after the fourth-year man was traded to Minnesota earlier this week. Neasman should help maintain the secondary fort while Ashtyn Davis heals. He previously worked with Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich in Atlanta.
Austin, Zuniga released
Two of the Jets’ most recent defensive picks have said their farewells, as cornerback Bless Austin (6th, 2019) and defensive end Jabari Zuniga (3rd, 2020) were both released.
Austin was to take on one of the Jets’ starting cornerback roles alongside Bryce Hall. He gained a reputation as a powerful hitter, but struggled to cover. Zuniga has only appeared in one preseason game this summer (winning a tackle in the opener against the Giants) after facing a knee problem. Injury was also a common theme during his rookie year, as quadruple illness limited him to a half-season with just eight tackles.
Waiver wire mics join the fold
The Jets have confirmed the arrivals of two players released from elsewhere on the waiver, adding former Kansas City defensive end Tim Ward and former Jacksonville linebacker Quincy Williams. Ward was tied for second among preseason defensemen for sacks (3) while Williams is the older brother of Jets star Quinnen. The senior Williams made eight starts in his rookie season at Murray State, picked 95 picks after his brother finished third in the Jets in 2019.