New York Jets 53 Man Final Roster Prediction

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Dec 9, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (not pictured) in the third quarter of their game at EverBank Field. The New York Jets beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Line: Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, Antonio Garay, Damon Harrison, Sheldon Richardson, Sione Po’uha - The lines are blurred as many of the defensive lineman play multiple positions and some of the linebackers will lineup here as well. With the injury history of Ellis and Garay as well as the unproven nature of Harrison I believe that the Jets will bring back Po’uha for a vet minimum deal if he is healthy to split snaps and improve the run defense.

Linebackers - Antwan Barnes, Quinton Coples, Demario Davis, Calvin Pace, Josh Mauga, David Harris, Garrett McIntyre – Speed is the name of the game for a linebacking core that didn’t have a lot of it last year. Coples converts to the rush backer position this year. He will play some linebacker, some defensive end and even some defensive tackle and his goal on each play is to get the quarterback. Antwan Barnes will also rush from both the defensive end and linebacker positions as he looks to regain his form when he had 12 sacks with the Chargers. Demario Davis takes over for Bart Scott full-time now and will upgrade the speed and coverage ability of the linebacking core. David Harris needs to reverse his downward trend or this will be his final season with the Jets he needs to be leaner and faster this year. Calvin Pace returns to play a limited number of snaps mostly setting the edge against the run. Mauga and McIntyre are reserves who will see the majority of their time on special teams although McIntyre has shown some pass rush ability if schemed correctly.

Cornerback: Antonio Cromartie, Dee Milliner, Kyle Wilson, Aaron Berry, Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster, Isaiah Trufant - This is certainly the Jets position of strength as all 7 players should see the field consistently. Cromartie comes off a very strong season and seems more comfortable with his role as number 1 corner. He will shadow opposing number 1 receivers all over the field like his predecessor who currently plays in Tampa. Milliner was drafted to eventually start opposite Cromartie and he is almost as athletic as well. Wilson will play the slot to start the year but he will be pushed by Berry and Walls. Lankster and Trufant will play as matchups dictate.

Safety: Dawan Landry, Dwight Lowery, Josh Bush, Antonio Allen – The Jets like their young safety tandem of Bush and Allen but they will be better served letting Bush matchup vs opposing tight ends and Allen playing a hybrid linebacker role to stop the run and blitz. The availability of Dwight Lowery fills a need for a ball hawking free safety to play alongside Dawan Landry at strong safety.

Special Teams: Nick Folk, Robert Malone, Tanner Purdum – Malone had an excellent season last year and should continue to be solid. Folk has been good and always does just enough to win the yearly kicker competition and Purdum is one of the best long snappers in the league. The coverage teams need to do a much better job as well as the returners. McKnight will return kickoffs as long as he is healthy while the punt return job is wide open but it should not be Jeremy Kerley who set a fair catch record as well as dropping a few for good measure.

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  • Gavin Buck, London (UK)

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

    • Craig Hoffman


  • 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.