Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Leger Douzable, Willie Colon, Ben Ijalana, Tanner Purdum), they chose not to bring everyone back. Since preseason, we've been keeping track of the progress on all the guys from the 2014 or 2015 roster that are now playing elsewhere and now that the season is over, we can wrap things up, starting today with offensive players and special teamers.
Some stats from PFF have been used in this article and throughout the series.
WR Percy Harvin - Bills
After a promising start, with 19 catches in the first four games, Harvin missed some time due to personal reasons and ended up on injured reserve. Buffalo's GM Doug Whaley has said they'd love to have him back next year, but he had just signed a one-year deal so his contract is up. The Jets had opted to release Harvin rather than paying him $11 million, instead making the trade for Brandon Marshall.
OL Oday Aboushi - Texans
Aboushi was in Houston's starting line-up for a while, but was replaced by youngster Xavier Su'a-Filo at midseason. He was mostly inactive over the second half of the season although he did get one more start, in week 13. Overall, he struggled as a run blocker and also gave up two sacks against the Titans in week eight.
QB Matt Simms - Bills/Falcons
After a rough preseason with the Bills, Simms ended up on the Falcons' practice squad. He actually had a chance to go back onto the Bills' active roster when Tyrod Taylor was injured, but turned them down and probably was wise to do so because Taylor only missed a couple of weeks before reclaiming his spot.
WR Greg Salas - Lions/Bills
Salas looked good in preseason with Detroit, but injured his knee and ended up on injured reserve. After having been released from injured reserve, he worked out for several teams, including the Jets, but ended up with the Bills and actually caught three passes for 41 yards in the season finale that saw the Jets eliminated.
QB Mike Vick - Steelers
Vick saw some action early in the year when Ben Roethlisberger was injured, although he was used mostly in a game manager role, as he had just 371 passing yards in four appearances. Vick won one start and held onto a lead in a relief appearance, without which the Steelers might not have reached the postseason. In fact, you might consider that he helped to eliminate the Jets. Vick had a quarterback rating of below 80 but did throw two touchdown passes and only one interception.
WR Jalen Saunders - Saints/Patriots/Bears
Saunders did not find his way onto an active roster this year, but did spend the entire season on the practice squad with the Bears, his sixth team.
P Jacob Schum - Bucs
Schum kept the Bucs job all year and had a better net average than Ryan Quigley, even though his gross average was more than two yards per punt lower. However, that could easily be attributed to the coverage units. Schum had the lowest amount of punt return yardage allowed in the league, while Quigley had over three times as much.
WR Walt Powell - Bills/Raiders
Powell was on the Raiders' active roster briefly during the season, but did not play and then ended up back with the Bills, where he saw action in the last two games. He played four snaps on offense in the season finale against the Jets and also had a 16-yard punt return as well as returning two kickoffs for 52 yards.
TE Chris Pantale - Bears/Eagles
Pantale was ill during preseason so did not make the Bears roster. He would land on Philadelphia's practice squad in late-September and remained there for the rest of the season.
RB Chris Johnson - Cardinals
Johnson suffered a gunshot wound in the offseason and then struggled to find a job before finally settling on a deal with the Cardinals. There he enjoyed something of a renaissance and was well on his way to a thousand-yard season when he broke his leg. Johnson could, theoretically, have been activated to play in the Super Bowl if the Cardinals had beaten the Panthers in the NFC title game. Despite the surprising performance, it's worth noting that his yards per carry average (4.2) was actually lower than what he managed with the Jets in 2014.
WR Shaq Evans - Jaguars
Evans spent the year on Jacksonville's practice squad after failing to make the Jets' roster. He re-signed with them on a futures deal after the season.
RB Daryl Richardson - Texans/Browns/Steelers
Daryl Richardson was released from the Texans practice squad but got signed to the Browns' active roster late in the season. He did not see any action though and has since signed a futures deal with Pittsburgh.
WR Jarrod West - Steelers
West was only with the Jets for a short time and spent just one day on the Steelers practice squad during the season.
TE Art Lynch - Broncos
Lynch played in two preseason games with the Jets. He was on the Broncos' practice squad from early September until early December.
TE Matt LaCosse - Giants
The Giants brought LaCosse back and put him on their practice squad after the Jets let him go. They activated him for the last two games of the year and he caught three passes for 22 yards in the loss to Minnesota. No Jets tight end caught three passes in a game during the regular season.
OL Charles Brown - Cowboys
Brown played a total of 21 snaps as an extra tight end in jumbo packages with Dallas. He saw action on at least one snap in 11 games, but his contract is now up.
WR TJ Graham - Saints
Graham was released three separate times by the Saints during the season and is currently a free agent. In four games with them, he caught four passes for 24 yards and had two special teams tackles.
QB Matt Flynn - Saints
Flynn signed with the Saints late in the season after an injury to Luke McCown. He did not see any action with the team.
OL Will Campbell - Bills/Packers
Released in preseason by the Bills, Campbell was signed to the Packers' practice squad in early January and has subsequently signed a futures deal with them.
C Dalton Freeman - Bills/Texans
Freeman also failed to make the Bills' roster, but signed to Houston's practice squad in November and has a futures deal with them too.
WR DeVier Posey - Broncos
While the Broncos were still active during the 2015 playoffs, they had already signed Posey to a futures deal for next season.
RB/KR Shane Wynn - Chargers/Saints
Since Wynn's two-week stay on the Jets' practice squad ended in November, he spent time on the Chargers' practice squad before ending up the season on the Saints' practice squad.
QB Josh Johnson - Bills
Johnson was brought in as injury cover during the season by Buffalo, but didn't see any action. He will also be an unrestricted free agent.
WR Austin Hill - Patriots
Another late addition in camp, Hill caught one pass for the Jets in preseason. New England had him on their practice squad briefly during the season.
WR Stephen Hill - Panthers
Hill tore his ACL in camp, but almost ended up receiving a Super Bowl ring. For what it's worth, Cam Newton characterized his injury as a big loss last week.
DL/OL Kona Schwenke - Seahawks
Schwenke - making the transition from defensive line to offensive guard also tore his ACL in preseason and spent the year on injured reserve.
WR David Nelson - Steelers
Nelson also landed on injured reserve. He had injured his shoulder in his first practice with the team.
Played elsewhere in preseason, but weren't on a roster or practice squad in 2015
FB John Conner (Bills)
WR Jacoby Ford (Titans)
WR Clyde Gates (Titans/Cowboys)
QB Tajh Boyd (Steelers)
OL Sean Hooey (49ers)