- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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The New York Jets released 12 players on Sunday, paring the roster to 78. A few thoughts on the moves:
Most significant move: None of the cuts was surprising, but the release of wide receiver DeVier Posey had to be disappointing for general manager Mike Maccagnan. He traded for Posey during the third round of the draft as part of a swap with the Houston Texans. Maccagnan is a former Houston executive and always was a Posey fan. He thought Posey would bolster the Jets' depth at the position, but Posey was outplayed by several receivers in camp. He made a late run, scoring last week against the Atlanta Falcons, but it wasn't nearly enough.
Trimming at receiver: There is some clarity at the crowded wide receiver position. In addition to Posey, the Jets cut veterans TJ Graham and Saalim Hakim and rookies Austin Hill and Jonathon Rumph. So basically, they have five players vying for three, maybe four, spots: Jeremy Kerley, Quincy Enunwa, Chris Owusu, Shaquelle Evans and Walter Powell, who bought more time by scoring on a punt return Saturday. This, of course, is based on the premise that Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and rookie Devin Smith are locks.
What's next: The Jets have three more moves to make before Tuesday's mandatory cutdown to 75.
The Jets' cuts: CB Javier Arenas, OT James Brewer, CB Curtis Brown, C Dalton Freeman, WR TJ Graham, WR/KR Saalim Hakim, WR Austin Hill, WR DeVier Posey, WR Jonathon Rumph, LB Bryan Johnson, TE Matt LaCosse and CB Keith Lewis.