The New York Jets are moving on from two former high draft picks after its roster cut down this weekend. Former first round pick Dee Milliner and former second round pick Jace Amaro did not make the Jets final 53 man roster.
These roster moves continue to make former general manager John Idzik’s tenure with the Jets look even worse. Outside of Sheldon Richardson, Idzik’s drafts have extremely poor results to this point.
Head coach Todd Bowles acknowledged that health issues for both players was a big reason for them to both not make the Jets roster. Amaro missed all of last season due to shoulder injury and Milliner was often injured and missed more games than he played in with the Jets.
Bowles shared how the Jets are looking for strong blocking tight ends and Amaro continued to struggle in this area.
“He’s another one. He kept getting banged up. We had two tight ends blocking there. We needed a third, someone who could be reliable and we could count on. Maybe he didn’t get enough time to heal, maybe he did. It was our decision to go in a different direction,” said Bowles.
Milliner continued to let up big plays throughout training camp and preseason and Bowles simply wants players who can stay on the field and play strong football.
“The other guys were healthier. When he got a chance to play, he gave up some plays. He was banged up quite a bit. We had to go with healthy guys who can play football,” said Bowles.
Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan continues to make his mark on the roster with these bold cuts. The Jets are looking for players that can contribute now and Amaro and Milliner simply were not able to do this consistently for the team.