The New York Jets have cut quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Josh Johnson and linebacker Jason Babin while paring their roster to the mandatory 53-player limit.

Flynn and Johnson were signed this summer to compete for a backup role behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, who became the starter after Geno Smith had his jaw broken by a punch from a teammate. Smith was expected to miss at least the first four games of the regular season.

The Jets' only other healthy quarterback is rookie Bryce Petty, a fourth-round pick out of Baylor.

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Babin's release Saturday was a mild surprise after he had two sacks in 16 games last season. He's 35, though, and the Jets have promising youngsters in Trevor Reilly and Lorenzo Mauldin at outside linebacker.