NY Jets 53-man roster prediction following the 2023 NFL Draft
By Justin Fried
NY Jets cornerbacks (6)
- Sauce Gardner, D.J. Reed, Michael Carter II, Brandin Echols, Bryce Hall, Justin Hardee
The Jets' cornerback room remains untouched and unchanged from last season. Sauce Gardner, D.J. Reed, and Michael Carter II form arguably the best cornerback trio in the NFL.
Don't scoff at the team's depth, either. Bryce Hall and Brandin Echols both have starting experience and would likely be competing for starting jobs on other teams. Hall is the wild card here.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Jets attempted to trade Hall this summer, especially given how small of a role he played last season. If he doesn't play special teams, he's essentially just taking up a roster spot.
I think the Jets will carry 10 defensive backs either way, so if Hall is traded, that could open up a spot for another cornerback or even a safety. Justin Hardee's roster spot is pretty safe as the Jets' special-teams leader.
NY Jets safeties (4)
- Jordan Whitehead, Chuck Clark, Tony Adams, Jarrick Bernard-Converse
The battle for the backup safety jobs on the Jets' roster might be one of the most intriguing competitions this summer. Jordan Whitehead and Chuck Clark are likely locked into starting roles, but there's some serious competition behind them.
The Jets really like Tony Adams, so his roster spot is probably safe — although we all saw what happened with Jason Pinnock last year.
Sixth-round pick Jarrick Bernard-Converse offers cornerback/safety versatility and has plenty of special-teams experience, so I give him the edge here. Will Parks is a tough cut, but I think he ends up back on the Jets' practice squad as he did last year.
Ashtyn Davis is one of the more surprising cuts, although releasing him would actually save the Jets a good amount of money. The Jets are deep enough at safety that they can move on from Davis, who is in the final year of his rookie contract.
NY Jets specialists (3)
- Greg Zuerlein (K), Thomas Morstead (P), Thomas Hennessy (LS)
There really isn't any drama here. The Jets re-signed Greg Zuerlein this offseason and didn't bring in any competition. Thomas Morstead was brought back to replace Braden Mann. Thomas Hennessy was just handed a record-breaking four-year extension.
Barring injury, this will be the Jets' specialist room in 2023.