The next round of cuts has come and gone for the New York Jets, with 14 players being called into uncomfortable meetings with John Idzik and Rex Ryan as they learn they will not be with the team this season. The big names in this week's group are Joe McKnight and Stephen Peterman. Joe McKnight didn't do enough to grab a spot despite a golden opportunity with Mike Goodson still missing from the team. Stephen Peterman was squeezed out by two younger players: Vlad Ducasse and Brian Winters.
The cuts keep coming, and this weekend will be even tougher as the New York Jets have to get down to 53 players on their active roster for the start of the regular season. Some of these players may return as practice squad members, while others could end up signing with other teams as they look to fill holes on their rosters. The Jets announced 14 cuts today.
The biggest name in the bunch is Joe McKnight. Joe McKnight's NFL career has mirrored his collegiate career at USC to this point – plenty of hype, flashes of ability, but overall a disappointment. In his most critical training camp, McKnight dealt with legal issues, a concussion, failed his conditioning test and wasn't active until the most recent game against the New York Giants. Even with Mike Goodson absent from the team, Joe McKnight was unable to earn a roster spot.
The Jets signed Stephen Peterman this offseason and expected him to compete for the starting job at one of the two open guard spots created by the departures of Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore. Peterman did compete, but ultimately Vlad Ducasse and 2013 NFL Draft selection Brian Winters played well enough to force him off the roster.
The other Jets cuts include: punter Ryan Quigley, long snapper Patrick Scales, defensive backs Donnie Fletcher and Bret Lockett, linebacker Sean Progar-Jackson, wide receivers Joe Collins, Marcus Rucker, K.J. Stroud and Rahsaan Vaughn, as well as offensive linemen Patrick Ford and Trey Gilleo.
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