Predicting the 2013 New York Jets Final 53 Man Roster: Updated


Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik Jr. prior to the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

OK, time to start doing our best John Idzik impression. Yes, several days ago, I made my predictions for the final 53. Well, we are in the last two days before the roster becomes official, and some moves have been made with the roster down to 75. So, I figured I would update my predictions and give you one more version, before the team releases the final players to get down to 53 for real. Let’s see how we do:

QUARTERBACK Mark Sanchez Geno Smith Matt Simms

Last night, I believe Simms did more than enough to earn that third string spot. Despite the fact that coach Ryan said that the team will “consider” carrying 4 quarterbacks, I do not see it happening. I stick with my previous prediction that the Jets will role with these three.

RUNNING BACK Chris Ivory Bilal Powell Mike Goodson Kahlil Bell

Thanks to his performance last night, Kahlil Bell earned his way on this roster. Goodson, despite his transgressions, will make the team as well. If they carry a fifth until Goodson is eligible, it will be Mossis Madu. I am not sure enough that he will stay to include him in my 53.

FULLBACK Tommy Bohanon

WIDE RECEIVER Santonio Holmes Jeremy Kerley Stephen Hill Clyde Gates Ryan Spadola Mohamed Massaquoi

One change from my previous list, Massaquoi for Obomanu. I think Mohamed will stick, especially since he wasn’t even used last night. I think that showed the trust they have in him.

TIGHT END Kellen Winslow Jr. Jeff Cumberland Konrad Reuland

OFFENSIVE LINE Nick Mangold Vladimir Ducasse D’Brickashaw Ferguson Willie Colon Austin Howard Brian Winters Jason Smith Caleb Schlauderaff Oday Aboushi

Despite Winters’ poor play last night, I believe he sticks, as does Jason Smith. Don’t worry, we will only see Smith in his jumbo packages when he is “#63 tackle eligible!” Schlauderaff sticks as Mangold’s backup, as well as other spots on the line.

Defense and special teams on the next page:

Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets players and coaches observe a moment of silence in honor of the shooting victims of Sandy Hook elementary school before the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. From left: quarterback Mark Sanchez (6), coach Rex Ryan and defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman and cornerback Ellis Lankster (26). Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

So there was the offense. Now, who is going to stick on Rex and DT’s defense? What about special teams? Here are my thoughts:

DEFENSIVE LINE Muhammad Wilkerson Quinton Coples Sheldon Richardson Kenrick Ellis Damon Harrison Antonio Garay Leger Douzable

No changes here from my previous predictions. Douzable cemented his roster spot with his performance last night against the Eagles.

LINEBACKERS Demario Davis David Harris Ricky Sapp Antwan Barnes Nick Bellore Garrett McIntyre Danny Lansanah Calvin Pace

My only change of opinion here is on Calvin Pace. I believe Rex will end up holding on to him. Lansanah earned his spot last night, but no other young LB did. So, I think Calvin will stick. But he won’t play a lot.

DEFENSIVE BACKS Antonio Cromartie Kyle Wilson Dee Milliner Dawan Landry Antonio Allen Jaiquawn Jarrett Darrin Walls Ellis Lankster Isaiah Trufant

I think Bush still needs more time on the practice squad, so I think he just misses the final 53. He might make it, he is one I went back and forth on.

KICKER Nick Folk

PUNTER Robert Malone

LONG SNAPPER Tanner Purdum

We will see soon enough how close this is. What do you guys think?