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Projecting the Jets 53 Man Roster

Training camp has started and the first practice is officially in the books.

I’ll have some notes of what went down later tonight, but now I’m going to take a stab of what the Jets final 53 man roster will look like once the games count for real.

We’ll start with the most important position on the field, quarterbacks:

Quarterback (3)

  1. Mark Sanchez
  2. Mark Brunell
  3. Kevin O’Connell

Notes: With Brunell in the fold two spots are safe. I’ll go with O’Connell over Clemens because the team knows what they have in Clemens and that isn’t much, while O’Connell at least has potential.

Running Back (3)

  1. Shonn Greene
  2. LaDainian Tomlinson
  3. Joe McKnight

Notes: All three spots are safe. The only competition here will be if, or when, McKnight will cut into L.T.’s playing time.

Fullback (2)

  1. Tony Richardson
  2. John Connor

Notes: Connor isn’t a lock, but the team spent a fifth round pick on him and Rex loves him so they won’t risk losing him.

Wide Receiver (6)

  1. Braylon Edwards
  2. Jerricho Cotchery
  3. Santonio Holmes
  4. Laveranues Coles
  5. Brad Smith
  6. David Clowney

Notes: Clowney is the only one is danger of losing his spot. He didn’t get off to a great start today (2 drops) and will have Danny Woodhead breathing down his neck. However, he brings a a deep threat and is a good special teams player.

Tight End (3)

  1. Dustin Keller
  2. Ben Hartsock
  3. Tanner Purdum

Notes: Purdum appears to be the front runner for the long snapper job, but if he falters James Dearth is only a phone call away.

Offensive Line (8)

  1. Nick Mangold
  2. D’Brickasahw Ferguson
  3. Damien Woody
  4. Brandon Moore
  5. Vladimir Ducasse
  6. Mat Slauson
  7. Wayne Hunter
  8. Robert Turner

Notes: Ducasse will battle Slauson for the starting left guard spot. Expect the more talented Ducasee to win the battle. He wasn’t drafted in the second round to sit on the bench.

Defensive Line (7)

  1. Kris Jenkins
  2. Shaun Ellis
  3. Sione Pouha
  4. Mike DeVito
  5. Vernon Gholston
  6. Ropati Pitoitua
  7. Matt Kroul

Notes: It will be interesting to see how Gholston transitions to defensive end after spending the first two seasons of his sackless NFL career at outside linebacker.  I’m not crossing my fingers though.

Linebackers (9)

  1. David Harris
  2. Bart Scott
  3. Calvin Pace
  4. Bryan Thomas
  5. Jason Taylor
  6. Jamaal Westerman
  7. Kenwin Cummings
  8. Lance Laury
  9. Cory Reamer

Notes:  While the Jets have a great starting unit, the backups leave a lot to be desired. Laury and Reamer will mostly be special teams contributors. Don’t count out Kevin Basped.

Secondary (10)

  1. Darrelle Revis
  2. Jim Leonhard
  3. Antonio Cromartie
  4. Kyle Wilson
  5. Brodney Pool
  6. Eric Smith
  7. Dwight Lowery
  8. James Ihedigbo
  9. Drew Coleman
  10. Marquice Cole

Notes: Everyone knows Rex loves his DBs. I wouldn’t be surprised if he kept another one, presumably Donovan Warren, who surprisingly went undrafted.

Special Teams (2)

  1. Nick Folk
  2. Steve Weatherford

Notes: Folk is a big question mark, and a few off days in a row and he could get the boot.

Final Cuts:

  1. Kevin Basped, LB
  2. Donovan Warren, S
  3. Matthew Mulligan, TE
  4. Danny Woodhead, WR/RB
  5. Rodrique Wright, DE

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One Response to “Projecting the Jets 53 Man Roster”

  1. heartman says:

    i think you left out josh mauga ?????? rex loves this kid

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