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
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:
QUARTERBACKMark SanchezGeno SmithMatt 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.
RUNNING BACKChris IvoryBilal PowellKhalil BellChad 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.
He is already showing himself to be more valuable than Lex Hilliard ever was, so he sticks.
WIDE RECEIVERSantonio HolmesStephen HillJeremy KerleyClyde GatesRyan SpadolaBen 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.
TIGHT ENDJeff CumberlandKellen Winslow, JrKonrad 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.
OFFENSIVE LINED’Brickashaw FergusonStephen PetermanNick MangoldWillie ColonAustin HowardOday AboushiBrian WintersErik CookCaleb 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.