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
Good morning everybody. Time to continue our walk through the Jets roster, as we get ready for the opening of 2013 training camp. The first open practice is on the 26th, if any of your are as anxious as me, you are just chomping at the bit for things to get going. We’re all 0-0, is there a better time than when football is getting going? Anyway…………
If there ever was a position on a team coming off of a 6-10 record that didn’t have much of a competition, it’s the defensive line on the New York Jets.
The front of the roster is set, Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, Quinton Coples. As we all know, this will be the core of the Jets defensive line for years to come. That group is likely to include first round pick Sheldon Richardson, but he has yet to sign his rookie contract.
The only “battles” that are going to occur are to fill out the depth chart. A guy that has been here for a year and should have an excellent shot is fan favorite Damon Harrison. He steadily improved through his rookie 2012 campaign, from the practice squad to the active roster by the end of the year, and is set to make the jump as a solid backup in 2013.
The next group of competition will be let by veteran Antonio Garay, then we have Jake McDonough, Junior Aumavae, Lanier Coleman, and Tevita Finau.
So the first four are pretty set, assuming Richardson gets his contract done relatively soon. As far as the rest of the bunch? Put Damon Harrison and Antonio Garay into the lead as we head out of the first turn, but the rest of the group will have the chance to over take them.