NY Jets 53-man roster and 16-player practice squad prediction

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NY Jets linebackers

  • C.J. Mosley
  • Quincy Williams
  • Kwon Alexander
  • Jamien Sherwood
  • Hamsah Nasirildeen

The late-July addition of Kwon Alexander spices up this Jets linebacker room a little bit. The way I see it, the team's top four linebackers are all locks for the 53-man roster.

C.J. Mosley, Quincy Williams, Alexander, and Jamien Sherwood are all making the team. The Jets see Sherwood as Mosley's primary backup and someone who could potentially develop into their MIKE linebacker of the future.

I think the Jets carry five linebackers here allowing second-year pro Hamsah Nasirildeen to make the team. Marcell Harris is an intriguing player who knows the system, but he's just missed too much time due to injury this summer to warrant a roster spot.

Others such as Del'Shawn Phillips and undrafted rookie DQ Thomas feel like prime practice squad guys.

NY Jets cornerbacks

  • D.J. Reed
  • Sauce Gardner
  • Michael Carter II
  • Bryce Hall
  • Brandin Echols
  • Javelin Guidry

The cornerback room is low-key one of the most interesting position battles on the roster. The top four guys here are all locks and the same is probably true for Brandin Echols, although his injuries this summer have caused him to slide down the pecking order a little bit.

I have the Jets carry six cornerbacks with the speedy Javelin Guidry making the cut. Guidry is the primary backup to Michael Carter II in the slot which necessitates a reserved roster spot for the former undrafted free agent.

That leaves veteran special teamer Justin Hardee on the outside looking in. The Jets love Hardee, but he's exclusively a special teamer and the team could save $2 million in cap space by cutting him.

With such a deep roster and so many difficult cuts to be made, keeping around a player like Hardee just doesn't make much sense.