Early Predictions for the Jets 53 Man Roster

Both Rex and Idzik have many tough roster decisions to make in the near future.

Both Rex and Idzik have many tough roster decisions to make in the near future.

I know what you are saying, ” It’s May 30th, we have no idea what the roster will be like come September”. To be fair, that is absolutely true, the Jets still have just about $23 million left in cap space, money which you can bet John Idzik will be looking to spend after cuts are made or if a trade presents itself. While the roster will look a bit different in September, lets take an early look at what the roster may look like.

Quarterback- 1. Geno Smith, 2. Michael Vick, 3. Tajh Boyd – No real surprises here, I expect Boyd to beat out Matt Simms for a roster spot.

Running Back- 4. Chris Ivory, 5. Chris Johnson, 6. Bilal Powell, 7. Daryl Richardson- This unit has turned into one of the deepest positions for the Jets. I believe recently signed Richardson will make the team, but it will be interesting to see what the Jets do with Mike Goodson.

Fullback- 8. Tommy Bohanon- No surprise here, the former 7th round pick will be the starter entering his second season.

Wide Receiver- 9. Eric Decker, 10. Jeremy Kerley, 11. Jalen Saunders, 12. Stephen Hill, 13. Shaq Evans, 14. David Nelson, 15. Jacoby Ford
This is going to be an interesting position to watch during the summer. There are about 7-8 guys who have a legitimate chance to make the roster.

Tight End- 16. Jace Amaro, 17. Jeff Cumberland, 18. Zach Sudfeld- Unless Konrad Reuland outplays Sudfeld, this position is just about set.

Offensive Line- 19. Nick Mangold, 20. Brian Winters, 21. D’Brickashaw Ferguson, 22. Willie Colon, 23. Breno Giacomini, 24. Dakota Dozier, 25. Oday Aboushi, 26. William Campbell
Another deep position for the Jets. Will be interesting to see if Dozier gets a shot to start over second year guard Brian Winters.

Defensive Line- 27. Muhammad Wilkerson, 28. Sheldon Richardson, 29. Damon Harrison, 30. Legar Douzable, 31. Kenrick Ellis- The deepest position on the team. This unit will stay the same for the second consecutive season.

Linebackers- 32. Quinton Coples, 33. Calvin Pace, 34. Demario Davis, 35. Nick Bellore, 36. Garrett McIntyre, 37. David Harris, 38. Antwan Barnes, 39. Jeremiah George- Another deep position for the Jets. The starters are set, but the depth will be interesting to follow.

Cornerbacks- 40. Dee Milliner, 41. Dexter McDougle, 42. Dimitri Patterson, 43. Ellis Lankster, 44. Darrin Walls, 45. Kyle Wilson, 46. Johnny Patrick- Will be interesting to see how this position plays out in the summer. Aside from Milliner, the rest of the CB jobs are up in the air.

Safeties- 47. Antonio Allen, 48. Calvin Pryor, 49. Dawan Landry, 50. Josh Bush- This will be interesting as well. I fully expect Rontez Miles to make a push for a roster spot, but will it be enough?

Special Teams- 51. Nick Folk, 52. Ryan Quigley, 53. Tanner Purdum

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  • RONBO19

    I would not agree your inclusion of FB Tommy Bohanon is not a surprise? Did you not watch the jets play last year? Yes he was a rookie but he struggled in every facet of the game.Additionally his lack of foot speed is too pronounced for him to be an effective NFL player.There was a reason PFF rated him the absolute worst player at his position after last season.

    • Paul Newbold

      Bohanon was a rookie, so let’s cut him a break for now. I know Rex loves to run the ball, but its really not Marty’s style. The day and age of the FB, has waned in a growing trend to pass the ball first and run behind it. I guess a 7th rounder might be worth keeping around, but it isn’t unheard of anymore not to carry one on the roster. I’m kind of thinking “the plan” might be for the Jet offense to be a bit heavy on the run this season, at least early, and let Geno get comfortable with a semi-new offensive line. They are stacked at RB if everyone stays healthy, and if that’s the case, I’d expect Bohannon to be around. That being said, I could see them grabbing a FB with better speed off the wire, were one to become available.

      • RONBO19

        Paul, your last sentence says it all. It’s his lack of speed that is the problem. PFF said his biggest issue is he was so slow the backs would almost beat him to the hole.Both his run blocking and pass blocking were graded at the bottom at his position. As he ran 4.98 at the combine thats really what he is, slow!

        • Paul Newbold

          Yeah Ron, the speed is the biggest issue. Rex seems to love his fullbacks though, so he might be there on the roster come opening day. He surely can’t block for Johnson if he’s healthy and has maintained his speed. Ooops there’s another “if”!!

          • RONBO19

            Drafting slow players seems to be an Idzik thing. last year all three of the O-linemen he drafted tested poorly at the combine. i believe Winters was the fastest at 5.2? Oboushey and Campbell were even worse and when you throw in the OLB who ran a 5.1 from this draft it kind of looks like Izzy is more than willing to over look foot speed in some cases? Thats not the way i would go because most of the winning teams stress speed and frankly, I have no idea how a slow guy is gonna compete against a faster player? This is exactly what i’m referring to when i wonder id Izzy is trying to re-invent the wheel?

  • Paul Newbold

    I have my worries about the depth of our offensive line. You have both Aboushi and Campbell listed, but neither even suited up for a game last season. Colon is still rehabbing his bicep and injured his knee during a workout. Bian Winters struggled for most of last season, looking improved down the stretch, but far from polished. Ferguson hasn’t played to the level that we came to expect from him the past two years. Dozier might be the steal of this draft, but that’s yet to be seen. I’m not sure if Idzik won’t be hunting for OL in the next round of free agents. If all works out, and if this group can upgrade their game and come together as a unit, the Jets should be fine. If not some of the depth you are talking about might become a huge factor. It’s early, but it will be interesting to see what the Jets look like along that line this year, it might not be so locked down as some think.