One day after the not-so-final final cuts, the New York Jets continued to tinker with their 53-man roster on Sunday. They acquired four players on waivers, including help for their depleted tight-end position.
The Jets picked up two tight ends, Brian Parker (Kansas City Chiefs) and rookie Braedon Bowman (Jacksonville Jaguars). They join starter Kellen Davis and Brandon Bostick on the roster, but there's no guarantee the Jets will carry four tight ends into the season.
In addition, they claimed running back Troymaine Pope (Seattle Seahawks) and cornerback Darryl Roberts (New England Patriots), who was waived with the injury designation. He was injured in the final preseason game, but the Jets evidently don't think it's serious.
Pope, an undrafted rookie from Jacksonville State, was the Seahawks' leading rusher in the preseason -- 162 yards on 24 carries, a 6.8 average and two touchdowns. He earned effusive praise from coach Pete Carroll, but was stuck behind Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael. Pope has a neat back story, as detailed nicely here by Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia. Pope was urged by loved ones to return to his job in a car factory, but he stayed with football, chasing his dream.
With the new additions, the Jets have to cut four players by 4 p.m.
Roberts was a seventh-round pick by the Patriots in 2015, but he suffered a wrist injury in the first preseason game and spent the year on injured reserve. He was off to a promising start as a rookie and actually started that first preseason game. He can play inside and outside, and he's also a capable gunner on special teams.
As for the tight ends, we're talking about developmental players. Bowman, an undrafted rookie from South Alabama, caught three passes for 32 yards in the preseason. Parker was beginning his second year with the Chiefs. He played nine games last season, finishing with one catch for six yards.
In other developments, cornerback Dee Milliner, released Saturday with an injury designation, cleared waivers and reverted to the Jets' injured-reserve list. The two sides can reach an injury settlement, which would allow them to release him. Milliner has a minor hamstring injury. Tight end Jace Amaro was claimed on waivers by the Tennessee Titans.