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

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NY Jets Quarterbacks

  • Zach Wilson, Josh Johnson (2)

The Jets' dreams and hopes rest with Zach Wilson. Regardless of what the team's record ends up being after 17 games. The most important aspect of the entire season is Zach Wilson's development. A scenario where any other quarterback is under center for Gang Green would be a disaster.

But you can't go into a season without exploring the possibility of games being played without Zach Wilson. It seems risky to carry only one backup quarterback.

But because the Jets can protect up to four players weekly on their practice squad, the need to have more than two quarterbacks on their active roster isn't necessary. Keep in mind, the Jets can also elevate two players from their practice squad every week. 

Unless Gang Green brings in another veteran quarterback like a Nick Foles type, Josh Johnson should be the Jets' No. 2 quarterback behind Zach Wilson.

Not only does he have the arm strength, mobility, and experience advantage over the team's current in-house options, but he also has experience in the Jets' offensive system. Johnson spent last season in San Francisco with Mike LaFleur.

Ultimately, the Jets brass may decide to go with a younger option rather than Johnson. But they shouldn't.

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NY Jets running backs

  • Michael Carter, Tevin Coleman, Ty Johnson, La'Mical Perine (4)

The Jets might have themselves a weekly four-headed backfield because each player in this room brings different skill sets to the table. 

Rookie Michael Carter is a complete back with great vision and cutting ability. Veteran Tevin Coleman has lost a step but brings a blend of power, speed, and experience in the Jets' new run game coordinated by former 49ers offensive line coach John Benton. 

Ty Johnson has fantastic speed and can also provide value in the passing game and at kick returner. La'Mical Perine, who looked like the odd man out when camp started, has had a good summer and is probably the team's best inside and short-yardage runner.