NY Jets 53-man roster prediction following the 2023 NFL Draft
By Justin Fried
NY Jets tight ends (4)
- Tyler Conklin, C.J. Uzomah, Jeremy Ruckert, Zack Kuntz
The Jets enter the 2023 season with a pretty deep and talented tight end room. Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah are roster locks and figure to play important roles in the team's offense again.
The real intrigue comes with who the Jets' third tight end will be. 2022 third-round pick Jeremy Ruckert, 2023 seventh-round pick Zack Kuntz, and former undrafted free agent Kenny Yeboah figure to compete for one or two roster spots this summer.
Ruckert had a very quiet rookie season, but the Jets hope he will take a step forward in his second NFL campaign. Kuntz is quite literally the most athletic tight end in NFL history, but he's a major work in progress.
Don't be surprised if Yeboah sneaks onto the active roster again for special-teams purposes. Perhaps the Jets try to sneak Ruckert or, more likely, Kuntz onto their practice squad. Undrafted rookie E.J. Jenkins is another intriguing developmental project.
NY Jets offensive linemen (9)
- Mekhi Becton (OT), Duane Brown (OT), Carter Warren (OT), Max Mitchell (OT), Laken Tomlinson (OG), Alijah Vera-Tucker (OG), Wes Schweitzer (OG/C), Connor McGovern (C), Joe Tippmann (C/OG)
Don't look now, but the Jets' offensive line room is legitimately one of the deeper position groups on the roster. There were some tough cuts here, and the Jets might not even be done adding to the position group.
I opted to carry nine offensive linemen, cutting players like Cedric Ogbuehi and Trystan Colon in the process. The Jets re-signed Ogbuehi this offseason, but following the addition of Carter Warren, there isn't room for him on the roster if everyone is healthy.
Colon was signed away from the Baltimore Ravens in March, but he's essentially the third or fourth center on the depth chart. Wes Schweitzer and Connor McGovern/Joe Tippmann could handle backup center/guard duties.
The Jets have some serious depth at all five spots on the offensive line. Joe Douglas did an excellent job with that this offseason.