New York Jets down to 85 players after roster moves

New York Jets

The New York Jets made the mandated cutdown to 85 players on Tuesday through three waivings and an IR placement.

The New York Jets announced the waivings of defensive lineman Michael Dwumfour, safety Bennett Jackson, and running back Austin Walter on Tuesday. With offensive lineman Cameron Clark also placed on injured reserve, the Jets made the NFL’s mandated cutdown to 85 players on training camp rosters by 4 p.m. ET.

Dwumfour had a solid showing in the Jets’ preseason victory over the New York Giants on Saturday night. The undrafted rookie out of Rutgers recovered a red zone fumble forced by fellow freshman Hamsah Nasirildeen and later united with another first-year, Jonathan Marshall, for a sack at the end of the first half. However, he was unable to make an impact in the latter stages after leaving the game due to a calf injury.

Jackson played six games with the Jets over the past two seasons, earning two tackles in that span. He entered the league as a sixth-round pick of the Giants in 2014.

Walter spent a good portion of Saturday’s second half in the Jets’ backfield. The former XFL participant and San Francisco practice squad representative lost three yards on four carries (fumbling one that was recovered by Corey Levin) though he jumped on a Mike White fumble and later gained a first down on an eight-yard aerial hookup with James Morgan, one that was granted an extra yard for a new set of downs through head coach Robert Saleh’s first unofficial challenge.

The wait continues for Clark’s NFL debut, as he did not dress in any regular season games after the Jets chose him in the fourth round of 2020’s virtual draft. Clark suffered a scary injury during August 3’s practice, one that was diagnosed as a spinal cord contusion. Despite his placement on the IR, the Charlotte alum is expected to make a full recovery.

New York (1-0) continues its preseason slate on Saturday night, as they head to Green Bay to battle the Packers in both joint practices and an exhibition contest (4:25 p.m. ET, WLNY/NFL Network).

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New York Giants: Walter Promoted to Active Roster, Finally Gets Chance

With game day looming against the 5 and 0 New England Patriots who are currently in first place in the AFC East, the New York Giants knew that they had to do something to help make sure that they could have at least a fighting chance in tonight’s game.

With injuries seeming to plague the New York Giants at every position, roster moves had to be made, especially at the running back position.  With starter Saquon Barkley still out after sustaining a high ankle sprain in Week 3’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Wayne Gallman ruled out after suffering a concussion in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins, the New York Giants have to rely on Elijhaa Penny and Jon Hilliman for the rushing game.

The New York Giants knew that they needed to be secure at the running back position with so many injuries affecting the team so prior to the New York Giants Thursday night prime time match up against the New England Patriots, the team decided to promote running back Austin Walter from the practice squad.

Despite naysayers, Walter has never let that stop him from achieving his dream!  Walter has always chosen to see the positive aspect in everything and turns any negativity into an opportunity to prove himself and prove the doubters wrong.  Walter is skilled at the running back position and has the mental and physical dexterity to make some amazing plays.  Look at his career at Rice University and you will see in the clips and footage that he is sharp, quick and shifty when it comes to making his way past the defenders and into the end zone.

Walter will finally have his so well deserved time with the New York Giants in primetime tonight, playing for the first time in a regular-season game.  Walter can be a playmaker for the New York Giants if just given the chance and it looks like his time has finally come.  He has always been steadfast and determined when it comes to the game of football and life itself, which is why it is propitious that he will excel when given the chance!  Walter is an adept player and an all-around really nice guy and we all wish him well tonight and on his journey in!

New York Giants: Austin Walter is Patiently Waiting

There are many new faces this year to the New York Giants, one of them being rookie newcomer running back, Austin Walter.  After playing at Rice University for the Rice Owls football team, he went undrafted in the 2019 NFL draft and signed with the San Francisco 49ers.  After being waived by the 49ers, on September 18th, Walter signed with New York Giants practice squad.

Athleticism is a family affair.  His twin brother Aston is a running back for Walter’s alma mater Rice University.  Not only are the spitting images in looks, but they are also equivalent in the sense of their football skills and kind hearts.

At Rice University, Walter rushed for a collegiate career total of 1,744 yards for 13 touchdowns, 803 receiving yards for five touchdowns in 49 games.  He also served as a kick returner for the Rice Owls football team.  Walter led the country in all-purpose yards and ranked sixth in all-purpose yards per game.

Sure,  Walter may have excelled on the field, but what makes him even more admirable are not just his amazing football skills, but also his giving ways.  Walter jumps at every and any opportunity to help others.  He knows the importance of surrounding yourself with positive people and does so.

Walter is no stranger to adversity.  Critics have told him he is too small and that he could never play in the NFL.  He never let this bother him though and proved the critics wrong, by playing each and every game with vigor and skill.  He has shown and proven himself time and time again and has not let any negativity defeat him.  Walter has the agility, speed, endurance, dynamism, and intensity any good running back has and he just needs the opportunity to show the world his drive and capacity.  He will not only make his family and father proud by carrying on his legacy, but also New York Giants fans as well!