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Rex Ryan on Jets' final cuts: Wait and see

Jets head coach Rex Ryan walks on the

Jets head coach Rex Ryan walks on the sidelines during the first half of a game against the Buffalo Bills. (Nov. 17, 2013) Credit: AP

The Jets are keeping their roster cuts a secret until Saturday's deadline.

During an early afternoon conference call with reporters Friday, Rex Ryan said he and his coaching staff have met after every preseason game to evaluate their roster. But he wasn't ready to tip their hand.

"We're discussing everything that goes into making the cuts," Ryan said. "But again, we're not going to make the announcements right now. Our list will probably be a complete list when we think it's the appropriate time to do so."

The deadline for NFL teams to trim their rosters to 53 players is 4 p.m. Saturday.

The spotlight inevitably found receiver Stephen Hill (one catch, one drop) Friday after the Jets' 37-7 loss to the Eagles. The former second-round pick said he isn't worried about cutdown day, adding that he expects to make the 53-man roster.

Ryan refused to shed light on Hill's future with the franchise. He did say, however, that they're open to keeping seven receivers on the roster to account for Saalim Hakim and Jalen Saunders being used primarily in the return game. Doing so likely would ensure that Hill stays with the team.

"I'm not going to rule out anything," Ryan said. "If you think you're extremely strong at a certain spot, then maybe you keep those guys because they're the best players. We're going through all those scenarios now."

Another scenario the Jets are going through involves cornerback Dee Milliner and his status for Week 1. With the regular-season opener just over a week away, the Jets still don't know if he will be ready to go.

"My understanding is he's doing a good job with his treatment, but will he be back in time for the first game? I'm not sure yet," Ryan said of Milliner, who's been nursing a high ankle sprain since training camp.

Notes & quotes: Asked if he's spoken to Dimitri Patterson since the cornerback released a statement Thursday contradicting the team's assertion that he went AWOL for 48 hours, Ryan said: "No, I have not." On Thursday night, Ryan said he'll address the Patterson situation on Monday . . . Converted safety Antonio Allen "seems to be progressing pretty nicely" at cornerback, Ryan said. Allen has been sidelined with a concussion, but Ryan said: "I saw him out there running around, so hopefully that's a good sign." . . . Antwan Barnes (PUP) also is "making strides and progressing," Ryan said . . . The seriousness of the injuries suffered by Nick Bellore (calf) and Josh Bush (quadriceps) is unclear. Ryan did seem encouraged that CB Johnny Patrick, who left the game with a head injury, could have gone back in, according to the medical staff . . . Ryan reiterated that the performance against the Eagles was "poor," but he did highlight Trevor Reilly, Dalton Freeman and T.J. Barnes. Ryan also noted that Darrin Walls had "an outstanding training camp" and likely will start in place of Milliner if need be.

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