New York Jets Players in Serious Danger of Being Cut Soon

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IAugust 7, 2013

Joe McKnight has had a training camp to forget.
Joe McKnight has had a training camp to forget.Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Even though the New York Jets are only two weeks into training camp and are yet to play a preseason game, there are several players in danger of being released. These players have either struggled on the field over the last fortnight or have been embroiled in troubles off of it. 


Joe McKnight

Two weeks ago, many would have considered Joe McKnight a lock to make the final 53-man roster.

However, McKnight has had a train wreck of a training camp to date. McKnight showed up to camp out of shape and failed his conditioning test, according to Dan Hanzus of

McKnight's training camp got even worse this past week. The USC product hasn't practiced since suffering a potential concussion last Thursday, and he was also arrested on outstanding traffic warrants, per Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. 

The Jets are currently extremely thin at running back, but if Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson return to action soon, McKnight could become expendable. The 25-year-old has upside as a kick returner, but his off-field issues could be hard to look past for John Idzik and company. 


K.J. Stroud

Most Gang Green fans probably have no idea who K.J. Stroud is, so here is a brief summary of the wide receiver. Stroud's an undrafted rookie who spent his first two years of college at Rutgers before transferring to Bethune-Cookman.

With Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill and Braylon Edwards all locks to make the final roster and Ryan Spadola and Clyde Gates playing lights out, Stroud is being lost in the shuffle. 

It also doesn't help that Stroud has had a case of the dropsies in training camp. According to Randy Lange of, Stroud dropped a perfect 50-yard pass from Matt Simms on Tuesday. 

Don't be surprised to see Stroud leaving Cortland for good soon.  


Vidal Hazelton

Poor Vidal Hazelton. The 2011 undrafted free agent had spent the last two seasons on the practice squads of the San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans, but 2013 finally seemed like the year he was going to break through and make an NFL roster.

Hazelton was having a terrific training camp, even catching a 70-yard touchdown pass from Greg McElroy in Saturday's Green and White scrimmage. 

Unfortunately, Hazelton's dreams of making the final roster died on Tuesday. According to Jake Steinberg, Hazelton will be out for the season with a torn ACL after colliding with Dee Milliner in practice. 

Hazelton's injury just shows how unforgiving the game of football can often be.