It's August 31st, which means it's cut day. NFL rosters have to come down to 53 players. The New York Jets have made their first big wave of cuts. The names (via the New York Daily News) already include:
The two surprising names on this list are Martin Tevaseu and Jay Richardson. Both of these defensive linemen are quality players and will find homes in the NFL. Tevaseu is a nose tackle, while Richardson is a defensive end.
We knew that the toughest decisions for the Jets would come in the defensive line group. They have arguably the deepest defensive line group in the NFL. Keeping the whole group would cost too many roster spots.
It is still a little surprising that both Tevaseu and Richardson got the boot. Both of these players are good enough to play (possibly even start) on other teams. Almost certainly the Jets will be hoping that these two guys clear waivers. If they do, they will be signed back to the Jets' practice squad.
If they are picked up by other teams, then the Jets will have lost some assets.
Update: Apparently the initial report was wrong about one thing. Damon Harrison was not cut (yet).