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The New York Jets are not planning to announce any cuts on Friday, coach Rex Ryan said on an early-afternoon conference call with reporters.
"We’ve been meeting," Ryan said. "We’re discussing all the things that go into making the cuts and things, but again, we’re not gonna make the announcements right now. Our list will probably be a complete list when we think it’s the appropriate time to do so."
The deadline for NFL teams to pare their rosters to 53 players is 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Some other news and notes from Ryan's conference call:
A day after the Jets' 37-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the teams' preseason finale, Ryan wasn't any more impressed with his team's performance after watching the tape. "It was a poor performance without question, Ryan said. "I know our guys expect more. Our guys play extremely hard, they work hard and things. I think we ran out of gas a little bit. If I had to do it over, maybe I would have had a few more players up." The Jets held out practically all of their starters, and many of their key reserves, against the Eagles. The coach did praise the effort of third-string linebacker Trevor Reilly, second-string defensive tackle T.J. Barnes and second-string center Dalton Freeman. "But really, did anybody have a breakout game like a Calvin Pryor did his first game? I wouldn’t say so," Ryan said.
Linebacker Nick Bellore (calf) and safety Josh Bush (quad) both suffered injuries against the Eagles -- neither injury sounds serious, but Ryan doesn't have a clear sense of how long they'll be out yet. Cornerback Johnny Patrick, who left the game with a head injury, must not have suffered a concussion, because Ryan said Patrick could have gone back in against the Eagles.
In other injury news, Ryan said it's "still too early to tell" whether cornerback Dee Milliner (ankle) will be ready for the regular season opener against the Oakland Raiders a week from Sunday. "My understanding is he’s doing a good job with his treatment, but will he back back in time for the first game? I’m not sure yet." It sounds like safety-turned-cornerback Antonio Allen (concussion) might be closer to being ready for Week 1. "He seems to be progressing pretty nice," Ryan said. "I saw him out there running around today, so hopefully that’s a good sign." Ryan said Darrin Walls "had an outstanding training camp" and would likely start if Milliner can't go.
Linebacker Antwan Barnes (knee) is still on the PUP list but has begun sprinting and could be activated in the near future. "He is really making strides and progressing to where hopefully, if it’s not now, hopefully it’ll be soon," Ryan said.
Ryan again sidestepped a question about wideout Stephen Hill, the former second-round draft pick who appears to be on the bubble in terms of making the final roster. But Ryan did say the Jets could retain seven wide receivers, which would allow them to keep both Hill and Greg Salas in addition to Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson, and return men Saalim Hakim and Jalen Saunders. "I’m not going to rule out anything," Ryan said. "If you think you’re extremely strong at a certain spot, then maybe you keep those guys because they’re the best players. We’re going through all those scenarios now."
Finally, Ryan was asked if he has spoken with suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson since Patterson issued a statement Friday disputing the Jets' claim that he went AWOL for 48 hours. "No, I have not," Ryan said tersely, as the conference call came to a close.