Thoughts on the New York Jets Depth Chart

By Alan Schechter

Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of a preseason game at Metlife Stadium. The Jets won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets released their most recent depth chart yesterday. I have not had the opportunity to share some thoughts on with you as of yet, so let’s do that now. First, here is said depth chart, courtesy of the team’s website:

There are just a couple of surprises here. First of all, notice Santonio Holmes? He is listed with the first team again, although we haven’t gotten an official update as far as his status. Does this mean that Holmes has made an improbable recovery, and will be ready against Tampa Bay this weekend? Or will the depth chart change? Time will tell.

The other one is Bilal Powell.  Maybe it’s not a huge surprise, as he is the back that performed the best during training camp.  Maybe the interest will come in whether or not he is eventually flip/flopped in favor of Chris Ivory.  The split between the two will certainly be interesting to watch, as the Jets did not sign Ivory to leave him on the bench.

It is still surprising to see Will Campbell on the 53 man roster as well.

How about the defense?

First, the safety situation is interesting. Antonio Allen is listed as the starter, which actually makes sense after his performance against the Eagles.  Coach Ryan said Jarrett will see a decent amount of playing time as well, opposite Dawan Landry.

Dee Milliner is also not ready to be the starting cornerback, yet.  Before he was injured, he was routinely being exploited due to his lack of experience.  Tampa, and every other offense will be exploiting him all day long.  As much as Kyle Wilson is unwatchable, he should still start over Milliner for now.

And finally the special teams:

No surprises here. So, what are some surprises you see on this list?