New York Jets cut four players on roster cut-down day
The New York Jets announced the releases of four players in compliance with the NFL mandate that rosters be cut down to 80 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, per Randy Lange of the team’s official website.
Wide receiver Manasseh Bailey, offensive tackle Tristen Hoge, wide receiver Josh Malone and linebacker Edmond Robinson account for the foursome that’ll have to hand in playbooks immediately.
WR Manasseh Bailey
Bailey, the scorer of 20 touchdowns over a four-year career at Morgan State, had been with the team since January on a reserve/future contract. He had a 12-yard reception during the Jets’ Aug. 14 tilt with the Giants and also appeared on special teams snaps.
Bailey also tallied an explosive play in Tuesday’s practice against the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite his obvious shiftiness and the worthwhile curiosity his game warrants, the Jets are plenty deep at the wide receiver position.
OT Tristen Hoge
Zach Wilson’s fellow BYU alum was signed as an undrafted free agent shortly after the spring’s selections. Hoge had been competing for an interior role on Wilson’s blindside.
WR Josh Malone
Formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, Malone appeared in six regular-season games in green over the past two seasons. All four of his regular-season receptions with the Jets (totaling 16 yards) came in last September’s home opener against San Francisco.
LB Edmond Robinson
Robinson, perhaps best known for his XFL exploits with the undefeated Houston Roughnecks, was in the midst of his second go-around with the Jets, having previously spent two weeks on the team’s roster in 2017.
The Newberry College alum had three tackles over the Jets’ two preseason games and partook in 13 games with the Atlanta Falcons last year.
EDGE Vinny Curry placed on Reserve/NFI, will miss entire 2021 season
In addition to the releases, the Jets also made it to the 80-man limit by placing defensive end Vinny Curry on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.
Due to such a placement, Curry is now done for the entirety of the 2021 season.
Because he was placed on reserve/non-football injury before cutdown to 53, DE Vinny Curry is done for season.
Signed a one-year, $1.3M contract ($1.075M fully gtd), underwent undisclosed procedure in offseason. Saleh said at start of camp that Curry w/b back around Wk 2. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 24, 2021
Despite conflicting reports, the fact that he started out on the Active/NFI list and moved to the Reserve/NFI list makes him ineligible for the entire season.
On Vinny Curry and the #jets. He had always been on NFI so he should be eligible to return this year after 6 weeks.
— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) August 24, 2021
Curry inked a one-year deal worth just over $1 million this offseason and was originally expected to return to the team for their Week 2 home opener against the New England Patriots.
Considering New York is already without high-priced Carl Lawson for the season, the suddenly deep defensive line is currently dealing with significant question marks.
The Jets (2-0) will end their preseason slate on Friday night at MetLife Stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles (7:30 p.m. ET, WCBS).
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags
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