Jul 28, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez (left) and Geno Smith (right) prepare to take snaps from under center during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets’ Roster Predictions: Offense

We are halfway through the preseason schedule, and the New York Jets still have a lot to answer before they open the season week one against Tampa Bay. The starting quarterback position is far from the only open discussion still going on. So, what am I doing?

Predicting what the roster is going to look like. What is better to do when we don’t know what the roster will be? Take an educated guess. I am doing that this morning, starting with the offensive unit. See what you think:

Mark Sanchez
Geno Smith
Matt Simms

One name missing is Greg McElroy. People won’t be happy about this, but I believe that ever since McElroy opened his mouth about the locker room, they have been looking for a way to get rid of him. Matt Simms seems ready to be the third string, so the Jets will take advantage of their chance.

Chris Ivory
Bilal Powell
Khalil Bell
Chad Spann

Two notable names that are missing, Mike Goodson and Joe McKnight. Despite John Idzik’s assurance that we will see Goodson soon, I have a feeling that this is just not going to happen. There is something we are not being told, and I have a feeling it’s the fact that we won’t see him. McKnight? I think he is the odd man out. The coaching staff questions his durability, and they have guys that can return kicks.

Tommy Bohanon

He is already showing himself to be more valuable than Lex Hilliard ever was, so he sticks.

Santonio Holmes
Stephen Hill
Jeremy Kerley
Clyde Gates
Ryan Spadola
Ben Obomanu

I love Braylon Edwards, but I don’t get the feeling he is making this team. He is not spending enough time with the one’s to lead me to believe they have faith in him. Ryan Spadola makes the team in Chrebet-like fashion, and Obomanu sticks as a healthy veteran, especially until Tone returns.

Jeff Cumberland
Kellen Winslow, Jr
Konrad Reuland

There hasn’t been enough to lead me to believe that one of the younger tight ends will make this team, and I don’t see Hayden Smith as being ready, yet.

D’Brickashaw Ferguson
Stephen Peterman
Nick Mangold
Willie Colon
Austin Howard
Oday Aboushi
Brian Winters
Erik Cook
Caleb Schlauderaff

Finally, the Jets have the opportunity to keep some talented depth on the roster. What a welcome change! And note the list for one more thing, no VLAD! I think it’s finally over.

How do you guys think I did? Feel free to comment.

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  • Vincent Hall

    Think that seems right, although I would like to see Braylon back again. Chad Spann won’t make it. Think there’s a waiver wire combing that might include last years guy Terrance Ganaway or even Ray Graham who has scored 2 TD’s in Houston so far this preseason. Think Greg beats Simms again as well. He’s just a better QB.

    • TheJetPress

      OK, fair enough Vincent. We shall see what happens.

  • YardJet

    I don’t see them keeping Cook and Schlauderaff (one makes it as backup center until Freeman is healthy). At this point Aboushi could not be used, and Vlad looks like the better backup OT (although I might sooner use Colon as RT). Vlad actually looked better at LG than Peterman, although I’m sure that’s Winters’ spot, and backs up multiple positions. No way he’s gone after this presesaon unless he starts playing badly.

    • TheJetPress

      Fair enough YardJet, thanks for the feedback. Just taking my shot, we shall see.

  • Piazza31nyj

    You did a great job. I just disagree on two things. First of all, I think only one center will make it but its too early to say which one. Second, Braylon will make this team just on potential. He has a chance to be the number 2 when Holmes is out. I don’t think he can be a number 2 anymore but I’m starting to have my doubts about Hill again. Also when do you think Holmes will be back?

    • TheJetPress

      thanks. As far as Braylon goes, I would love to see him make the team. It just doesn’t seem, at least to me, that the reps he is getting in-game, lend toward him making it. I won’t be upset if I am wrong on that one.
      The Holmes thing is hard to gauge now. He is telling teammates he could play now. I think he doesn’t go on PUP, and is back within the first 6 weeks, but when exactly? Not sure.

  • Frank Antonelli

    McKnight, Braylon and Vlad will definitely make this team. Listening to the post game of the Jets Jags game former special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff stated that he didn’t see anyone on the roster that could replace McKnight as the kickoff returner. Braylon isn’t getting any reps with the ones since they already know what they have in him. Vlad has actually played fairly decent in the pre-season games and they view him as the extra blocker in jumbo packages.

    • TheJetPress

      I would love to see Braylon make the team, I just don’t see it. Thanks for the feedback frank.

    • matr dontelli iii

      easily the single best thing espn has done this year is bring in westhoff for the jet broadcasts. easily! how can they do such a genius thing when everything else they do is so damn dim witted and lacking in insight or foresight? now if they would just spend the cash and have a real programmer design the app so it would be reliable i wouldn’t have to bash them at every opportunity. i could keep it to every other. the app runs like a ’98 cavalier with duct taped together body parts.

      • Frank Antonelli

        I hear you! When the app doesn’t work on one of my laptops I switch to another and magically it works. No rhyme or reason! And when it stops working on that one I switch back and it works again! Only ESPN could design such a loser app.

        • matr dontelli iii

          The worldwide failure in sports. I often watch but listen to the radio call instead of the idiots on tv so the phone or tablet are convenient. Bringing the laptop downstairs is a pain, but if I’m out I’m dependent on the apps. Kinda like reaching into the wallet for a condom and seeing an expired date.

  • matr dontelli iii

    i don’t think bell nor spann make it, at least i hope not, i don’t know what to think about greg and matt. greg has durability issues as well as a weak arm and big mouth. matt is the opposite, big arm and quiet mouth but he has accuracy issues although the quarterback’s accuracy doesn’t seem to be a big deal for this team. i think vlad sticks. i’m not sure what freeman’s issue is. i would think they’d want to try to keep him but they’ve gotta be concerned about his durability. he could be the future of the position if he can stick around and stay on the field. if he’s gonna be hurt he’s useless. too important a position to have a ten game a year guy. i think edwards has more value than obumano, despite his specials abilities. if mcknight needs a ride to the airport lemme know.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks for the feedback as always Matr.

  • Korwil

    There seems to be a big split in whether or not Braylon makes the team. I know if I were Braylon, I would be mad if they put me on a pitch count only to cut me. However, it’s hard to disagree with you because Braylon almost seems like an odd man out.

    As far as QB, I think you are right on. Sanchez has outplayed Geno and I really don’t want to rush Geno out there to develop bad habits early on. I do like the upside we’ve seen from Geno though.

    With the RB position, it seems right now that Ivory and Powell will be our 1-2 punch, which I like. I was wishing that Goodson or McKnight could be a threat also but I can’t get my hopes up with either of those two.

    Finally, I think Vlad makes the final roster. I believe he will be the 4th guard to stick, only because he replaced Peterman with the 1′s in the preseason game for a couple plays and he has enough experience.

    Nice article. It’s looking more and more like Sanchez will start and I like what I am hearing about Holmes. Right now, the Jets have ranked pretty well in the preseason on PFF, which is better than ranking poorly ha. And we are at least moving the ball down the field.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks Korwil, glad to see you are still around reading, and thanks for the feedback. I can’t get my hopes up on Goodson or McKnight either, and I just think there is so much more to the Goodson story that we just aren’t being told. I would love to see Braylon stay but I am glad you are seeing what I am seeing, he seems to be the odd man out.

  • Paul Newbold

    Sounds like you have the roster pretty well set. Braylon probably will be cut, I see them keeping the younger guys. I think Vlad sticks, only as a back up, but he does have experience behind him. If they cut McElroy (I hope they don’t), he’ll replace Tebow in New England, not much arm strength, but he’s a smart football player, and seems to have excelled picking up a new system. Simms has the arm. but by all accounts, he has a long way to go. Joe Mcknight has been on the brink his whole career, but I think this year he won’t make the cut. Good predictions, looking forward to the defensive view.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks Paul, for the feedback. Will probably come back with the defense tomorrow morning.

  • snappy55

    I think the jets open the season with 3 running backs, Ivory, Powell & McKnight they also carry 7 wr’s add Edwards to the list. When Goodson returns Edwards or Obamanu get dropped. OL I don’t think Peterman makes the team, I see Vlad starting until Winters is ready I also think they keep Dalton as the back up center either cook or Schlanderaff or both get cut

    • TheJetPress

      interesting….thanks for the feedback

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  • matr dontelli iii

    so now that mcknight is back at practice, wanna bet he makes some big plays the next two games, just to make the decisions tougher?

    • TheJetPress

      He probably will you are right.