Australian tight end Hayden Smith has been released by the New York Jets as part of their preseason cuts.Australian tight end and former rugby union player Hayden Smith has been released by the New York Jets. The news was announced via the team's official Twitter account late last night.
The Jets have released TE Hayden Smith. — New York Jets (@nyjets) August 27, 2013Smith first joined the team in early 2012, earning a place on the team's practice squad after a successful tryout. Considered to be raw but also extremely athletic, Smith's departure from the team comes after a solid year of development with the club. After injuries at the position, he was activated to the Jets' active squad last October. He finished the season with one catch for 16 yards against the San Diego Chargers. Despite positive reports in camp of his athleticism and catching ability, the Aussie did not see any preseason action and has found himself released by the club in the first wave of cuts. Smith's release signals the changing of the guard that is occurring at the New York Jets; he was brought on by then-general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who was replaced this season by John Idzik. The Jets loaded up on tight ends during the offseason, including veteran Kellen Winslow, resulting in a positional battle for the few roster spots. Unfortunately Smith is no longer part of their plans moving forward. Smith himself thanked the Jets organisation and fans via twitter:
Thanks to every one @nyjets and all the fans for the great memories and support over the last year! Certainly on an amazing journey. — Hayden Smith (@Hayden_Smith_) August 27, 2013We wish him the best of luck for the future.