LB Mauldin, RBs Rawls and West among 14 cut by Jets
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Maccagnan’s first draft class with the New York Jets took two big hits on cutdown day.
Defensive end Leonard Williams, the No. 6 overall pick in 2015, is now the only member of Maccagnan’s six-player draft class that year remaining on the roster. Wide receiver Devin Smith (second round), quarterback Bryce Petty (fourth) and offensive lineman Jarvis Harrison (sixth) were previously released by New York.
Mauldin was a third-round pick out of Louisville in 2015 who dealt with injuries and inconsistent play during his three seasons in New York. He had 6 1/2 sacks in his first two years, but missed last season with a back injury.
The linebacker, who thanked the Jets in a post on Instagram for the opportunity he had in New York, was a terrific story when he was drafted. Mauldin grew up bouncing around various foster homes, but persevered and beat the odds by making it to college — and then to the NFL.
Mauldin openly wept on his conference call with the media shortly after the Jets picked him, appreciating the opportunity and vowing to prove any doubters wrong again. Now, he’ll have to do so elsewhere.
Simon was a seventh-round pick in 2015 and had 1 1/2 sacks in limited action in three seasons.
Donahue is facing a possible suspension by the NFL after some off-field issues. The fifth-rounder out of West Georgia pleaded guilty last month to driving while intoxicated for causing a wrong-way crash in February in New Jersey that injured four people. He also received a three-month suspended sentence last month and was fined $1,000 for a DUI crash in May 2017 in his hometown of Billings, Montana.
With Bertolet gone, it appears veteran Jason Myers will be New York’s kicker this season. Myers was claimed off waivers from Jacksonville on Aug. 21 when Cairo Santos was cut after not kicking all summer while dealing with a groin injury that cut short his stint with Chicago last season.
Safety and special teams standout Rontez Miles was put on the physically unable to perform list, and is eligible to be activated after six games.