Aaron Maybin's bid to make the Jets' initial 53-man roster is complete -- for now.
The Bills former first-round pick was on a tryout of sorts since signing a one-year deal Aug. 13, two days after Buffalo cut him loose. Rex Ryan said earlier in the week that he wanted to see more out of Maybin in their preseason matchup with the Eagles on Thursday, explaining that he was looking for the linebacker to display some of the pass rushing ability that led to the Jets taking a shot with him.
Maybin, who failed to record a regular-season sack in his two years with the Bills, responded with 1.5 sacks against the Eagles and actually should have had another one, but backup quarterback Vince Young slipped out of his grasp.
Still, he did enough to land on the initial 53-man roster, which was announced just after 6 p.m.
"Certainly, he did have some moments in that Philly game," Ryan said this evening on a conference call. "He had a sack and a half, and he actually missed another one. But certainly he played well and again, he's on our roster. So he's one of those guys we had talked about.
"We had probably three spots open and I thought his play rushing the passer, that's what landed him on the roster."
The Jets also announce they traded safety Dwight Lowery to the Jaguars for a conditional draft pick. They also acquired guard Caleb Schlauderaff from Green Bay, with hopes of improving their offensive line depth.
"When we looked at our secondary," Ryan said, "we are pretty much loaded when you have Brodney Pool and Eric Smith came back, along with Cookie [Emmanuel Cook] and obviously Jimmy Leonhard is healthy, and we have depth at corner now. I just think that it's an opportunity for Dwight to go to a place where he's really going to be used and competing for that starting nickel job.
"So I think it was good for Dwight to go to Jacksonville. He can get more playing time and things. For us, we felt that we had the depth that we needed in the back end."
As for Schlauderaff, Ryan said the Jets actually took a hard look at drafting the rookie, who he thinks can also play some center if necessary. Schlauderaff was a four-year starter at Utah, earning second-team All-America honors and garnering first-team All-Mountain West Conference accolades this past season.
"When we looked at him, we evaluated him coming out of Utah." Ryan said. "We thought he could play center and guard. He played both guard [positions] for Green Bay. He did practice as a center at the University of Utah. So we think he'll be able to do that."
In other words, second-year Vladimir Ducasse could be on notice. Ducasse has been awful and with Rob Turner out for an indefinite period with a broken leg, Schlauderaff's arrival vastly improves the Jets' reserve offensive line corps.
"I feel better about our depth now that I did," Ryan said, "that's for sure."
Suffice to say, this roster is far from set. GM Mike Tannenbaum will likely scour the waiver wire and tinker with this 53-man list over the coming days, trying to solidify various areas of concern with better depth.
"That is always a possibility," Ryan said. "The way Mike is, he does a great job and has his guys looking at every possibility. We'll look into those rosters of all these teams and guys that were let go. If we think there's an opportunity to upgrade our football team, obviously we've had a history of doing that and most certainly look at all possibilities."
Here's the full list of those who were waived:
TE Josh Baker
LB Matthias Berning
WR Michael Campbell
G Trevor Canfield
T Pete Clifford
WR Dan DePalma
C Robby Felix
DT Jarron Gilbert
RB Chris Jennings
LB Eddie Jones
G Matt Kroul
G Dennis Landolt
S Byron Landor
CB Ellis Lankster
LB Joey LaRocque
T Nevin McCaskill
WR Scotty McKnight
S Davon Morgan
CB Julian Posey, Ohio
LB Brashton Satele
C Zane Taylor
WR Patrick Turner
DE Lorenzo Washington
QB Drew Willy
S Tracy Wilson
TE Keith Zinger