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NY Jets Quarterbacks (3): Joe Flacco, Mike White, Zach Wilson

NY Jets Practice Squad: Chris Streveler

It's increasingly likely that Joe Flacco opens the season as the Jets starter on 9/11 against his former team Baltimore. Although, the reports on Zach Wilson are promising. The Jets don't want to rush Wilson back into their lineup. The second-year signal-caller needs ample practice time and comfort before being inserted back as the team's starter. 

The real question becomes, How cautious does New York plan to be with Wilson? Although unlikely based on his progress from surgery. The team could opt to put Wilson on the IR list to start 2022. The NFL and NFLPA locked in rules for the 2022 season, where eight players per team can return during the season from injured reserve. Four games must have elapsed before a player can return. 

Theoretically, the Jets can save a roster by stashing Wilson on IR. But it's within the realm of possibility that Wilson only misses one game. There's a growing argument for cult hero Chris Streveler to make the team's roster and backup Flacco on game days. But considering White's experience in the system. He likely gets the nod to back up Flacco on the 53.

Chris Streveler has earned a spot on the Jets roster. And you could argue that the hulking 4.5 40 speedster can bring great weekly value in practices simulating the opposing teams' mobile quarterbacks. See Lamar Jackson in week one.

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NY Jets Running Backs (3): Michael Carter, Breece Hall, Tevin Coleman


NY Jets Practice Squad: LaMical Perine, Zonovan Knight

Out: Ty Johnson

The first surprising release could be Tevin Coleman. But as a veteran leader in the locker room, with experience returning kicks and his knowledge of the system. He can still be a helpful asset on and off the field. 

Considering the war of attrition in a long NFL season. The Jets could keep as many as three running backs on the practice squad. For that reason, I wouldn't rule out Ty Johnson making the team. Knight and Perine have shown enough in the summer to sneak onto the main roster. But the depth at other positions makes it challenging for New York to carry four tailbacks on the 53.

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