Breaking: Jets Cut Former Starting LB James Burgess

Well, that was quick. Today, the New York Jets made their first preseason cut by releasing former starting linebacker James Burgess.

Burgess, 26, spent the 2019 season with the New York Jets. In May of that year, he was claimed off of waivers from the Miami Dolphins. Notably, he took over as the starting middle linebacker among numerous injuries to the position.

In 10 games, James Burgess recorded 80 tackles, one interception, five pass defenses, and 0.5 sacks. He saw 60 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. In other words, he was the most healthy middle linebacker on the team.

Particularly, he was known for his speed. Burgess played acceptably well for the Jets. He never stood out in pass coverage but he could stop the run.

During free agency, Burgess signed to a one-year deal.  To make the team, Burgess would’ve had to face a tough uphill climb. To fight for a better spot on the depth chart, he competed against Neville Hewitt, Blake Cashman, Avery Williamson, and Patrick Onwuasor.

Unfortunately, any progress Burgess could’ve made was halted by landing on the COVID-19 list, early in camp. The Jets activated him on August 13.

James Burgess could never climb the mountain. He could see himself back on the practice squad quite soon.

More cuts will come but we’ll keep you posted on the most important ones!

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