NY Jets: Predicting the 53-man roster and 16-player practice squad

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NY Jets' offensive line

  • Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Mekhi Becton, Morgan Moses, George Fant, Dan Feeney, Chuma Edoga, David Moore (9)

I would pencil in Chuma Edoga as the Jets' active roster player at this moment. He is expected to be ready to go when the season rolls around, but I wouldn't feel safe about my roster spot if I were Edoga.

Because of Conor McDermott's knee injury, which could sideline him for a long time, the Jets might have to work the waiver wire or explore a trade for, ideally, a veteran backup swing guard/tackle.

The Jets' depth on their offensive line has been tested all summer. Alex Lewis retired, Cameron Clark suffered a neck injury, and both Chuma Edoga and McDermott have now been injured.

The back end of the Jets roster on the offensive line has several candidates for the practice squad, and don't be surprised if several of them end up on the active roster as the season progresses.

David Moore could make the main roster temporarily to sure up depth on the interior. He has upside as a potential future starter, but in a perfect world, he starts the season on the practice squad, and he might.

It's always dicey dressing only eight offensive linemen for a game. New York could choose to do that during the course of the season.

So expect one of the two Jets' weekly elevations from the practice squad to potentially be an extra offensive lineman. I have the Jets keeping nine players on the offensive line to start the season.

New York has three quality tackles in Becton, Moses, and Fant but their depth inside is worrisome. Feeney can play guard and center, but the team can't afford injuries to Connor McGovern or Greg Van Roten.

Alijah Vera-Tucker, who has yet to debut in a Jets uniform, is one of the top five most important players on the roster. Vera-Tucker needs to be healthy and to play at a high level for this group to succeed.