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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