Jets cut vets Edds, Richardson and Patrick

The New York Jets made three mildly surprising moves Saturday, releasing running back Daryl Richardson, linebacker A.J. Edds and cornerback Johnny Patrick, the team announced.

All three veterans were thought to be in good position to make the team, especially Edds, who played well in the preseason. He played inside linebacker and contributed on special teams. His release likely means Nick Bellore's calf injury, sustained in the final preseason game, isn't serious. He also could open the door for fifth-round pick Jeremiah George, who had a non-descript training camp.

Richardson wasn't impressive in the preseason, but many figured he'd land the fourth tailback spot by default. He rushed a team-high 31 times for only 95 yards in the preseason, with a long run of only eight yards. He also caught three passes for 58 yards. His competition, Alex Green, also is likely to be released.

Patrick, whom the Jets acquired on waivers in the offseason, failed to capitalize on a wide-open cornerback position. That the Jets cut a healthy corner, considering the dire situation, shows how little they thought of Patrick.

There are many more cuts coming Saturday.