New York Jets 53 Man Final Roster Prediction

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Happy Training Camp Opening Day everyone! Rookies and quarterbacks report today so now is appropriate to take a stab at what the final 53 man roster might look like.

Quarterback: Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, Matt Simms – The starting quarterback battle will rage on through preseason Week 3 most likely before a starter is named. The third quarterback competition has seen Simms’ reps increase during OTAs making the likelihood of him beating out McElroy greater.

Running Back: Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson, Bilal Powell, Tommy Bohanon - The Jets will run a running back by committee approach this year as Ivory and Goodson both have an injury history. Ivory and Goodson are a good inside/outside tandem with Powell there to spell them. Bohanon is a jack of all trades fullback who should beat out Lex Hilliard who played poorly last season.

Wide Receiver: Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Jason Avant, Ben Obamanu, Jordan White, Zach Rogers  - The X-Factor is Holmes who has had a difficult recovery from his Lisfranc injury which may prompt the Jets to carry 7 wide receivers. An upgrade from the waiver wire is a necessity and Avant could be the odd man out in Philly due to his contract and lack of breakaway speed. He did very well in Mornhinweg’s offense and would fit in very nicely. Obomanu showed flashes during his days with Idzik’s Seahawks, teammates last year thought Jordan White was talented enough to deserve more playing time but he needs to be healthy and Rogers has a knack for getting open and would be a good backup for Kerley in the slot.

Tight End - Kellen Winslow Jr, Jeff Cumberland, Konrad Reuland - If Winslow stays healthy this is a good group. Cumberland is a receiving tight end who is better off as a number 2 option and Reuland is a better blocker than the other two. If Brent Celek is available from the Eagles this equation may change.

Offensive Line: D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Willie Colon, Nick Mangold, Brian Winters, Austin Howard, Steven Peterman, Oday Aboushi, Dalton Freeman, Caleb Schlauderaff - Ferguson and Mangold are the lynchpins of the line, Howard came on as the year went along and is an excellent run blocker who needs to work on his pass blocking and Colon, Winters and Peterman will compete for the two guard spots. A healthy Colon will elevate the line to elite status. If Freeman can show he can play some guard as well as center it should spell the end of the Vladimir Ducasse era.

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  • Gavin Buck, London (UK)

    Sorry to be picky, but isn’t it Matt Simms and Tommy Bohanon?

    • Craig Hoffman

      corrected

  • Paul Newbold

    Your’e way out on the limb there Craig! This camp if as advertised, is an open competition, meaning almost anything can happen. With the questions at WR, its anyone’s guess there. TE could look entirely different by mid camp. Safety has its possibilities as well, though they may like the young safeties, its possible the names change here as well! I like that you included McKnight on the roster, but if he is only to be a punt returner, he may not be in the mix. Calvin Pace on the 53 man roster is a possibility, but hardly a lock. Camp will be interesting! Brave man taking a shot at the roster this early in camp!! Cudos on the effort!

  • Bennny K

    Looks pretty good, I would like to pick up Avant.

    I would rather carry Shanahan as an extra WR and show Ben Obamanu the door. Shanahan could be used as a second TE, HB and insurance for Winslow Jr.

    • Bennny K

      Oh yeah, and start Geno unless both his arms fall off.

    • matr dontelli iii

      agreed on shanahan. i’ve seen obamanu compared to schillens a couple times too many. do we really need chaz schillens II? i kinda think not. i’d rather watch passes bounce off tebow’s headgear! also, i didn’t see where mcknight is included and i counted 53 other names. but i think he sticks around unless he’s coughing up the ball during preseason. i doubt idzik will tolerate that from a number four running back.

      • Craig Hoffman

        Hard to rate the UDFAs I haven’t seen enough of them to grant them a roster spot. Shanahan may fit as well as Rontez Miles at safety.