Jets Training Camp Eve Updates & Predicted 53 Man Roster
– Leon Washington is the only Jets player who didn’t report to training camp today. Both Rich Cimini and Dave Hutchinson have stated that their sources indicate a deal is imminent and at the latest should be done by the end of the weekend, let’s hope so. It won’t kill the Jets if Washington misses 3 or 4 practices, but if he starts missing weeks of work, it will impact the development of their offense. Shonn Greene, Danny Woodhead, and Jehuu Caulcrick should all see extended work in his absence.
- Thomas Jones was present today but still not talking to any reporters. Hopefully, Jones has realized he isn’t getting a new deal and will play motivated to impress the Jets and other NFL teams for when he likely hits the market next year. The Jets didn’t trade all those picks to have Shonn Greene be a third string running back for more than 1 year. Jones is a professional and likely doesn’t want to incur daily fines, the guy has a right to ignore the media if he wants to and be unhappy with his contract, as long as it doesn’t affect his play.
– Calvin Pace made some comments today, nothing to note worthy except how he plans to push Vernon Gholston and Marques Murrell during the pre-season. He again explained his side of the story about taking a banned substance but has still owned up to his mistake and should have plenty of motivation to make a big impact on the Jets defense starting in week 5.
– Rex Ryan named Kellen Clemens the Jets number one quarterback heading into the first practice tomorrow, saying he will get the majority of the first team reps in the early going while they ease Mark Sanchez in…well, duh. Let’s not make this a bigger story than it is, obviously Clemens was going to begin camp as the starter since he is the veteran and is more familiar with the offense. Sanchez will have every chance to win this job.
– Rich Cimini has reported the Jets still have interest in a veteran receiver and that they still have plenty of room under the cap to get one (can’t we use some of that money for #29 and maybe a little for #20, to keep him happy) but who can the Jets really get at this point? Matt Jones might be the most talented guy out there, but apparently Rex Ryan isn’t a big fan of him. I’m not sure how much Amani Toomer can really add to this team and forget about Marvin Harrison with his gun charge. The Jets might be stuck with what they have, time to step up Chansi, David, Brad, Wallace, Marcus, Mario, and Huey.
- The Jets have two practices tomorrow, one at 8:15 AM and one at 4 PM. Hopefully, the big news of the day will be that Leon Washington has a new contract in place at the end of the day and that Mark Sanchez looked great with the second team, but we’ll see. The Jets beat writers and other individuals who attend camp do a great job of relaying all the details of the day, my goal will be to provide a daily synopsis after reading everything I can get my eyes on and then offer opinions and analysis throughout camp. I do plan on attending the Jets practice at Hofstra and a few of their practices in Florham Park, there is still a small chance I could make it out to Cortland, but that is a tough trip with my job and grad school starting up soon.
Predicted 53 Man Roster, Pre-Training Camp: Obviously, it is hard to know how Rex Ryan is going break down his roster in terms of how many guys he keeps at each position, but it’s worth taking a shot at before camp starts:
- Kellen Clemens – Should put up a spirited fight but eventually be the #2.
- Mark Sanchez – The franchise quarterback, can he win the job by week 1?
- Erik Ainge – Will win a close battle with Chris Pizzotti for the #3 job.
Running Back –
- Thomas Jones – Still the #1 back, unhappy or not.
- Leon Washignton – Get him in camp, ASAP.
- Shonn Greene – Will be the Jets starter on opening day 2010.
- Tony Richardson (FB) – Valuable piece of the offense.
- Jehuu Caulcrick (FB/RB) – Hopefully, future FB and short yardage back.
Wide Receiver –
- Jerricho Cotchery – Chance for him to prove he is a #1.
- Chansi Stuckey – Should lead the committee approach to the #2 spot.
- David Clowney – Will have every chance to be the Jets big play receiver.
- Brad Smith – Is he more than an athlete and a gimmick player?
- Wallace Wright – Too good on specials not to make the roster.
- Mario Urrutia – My pick for #53 on the roster, just over Kenwin Cummings and Drew Coleman.
Tight End –
- Dustin Keller – Alot of pressure on Keller to have a big sophomore season.
- Kareem Brown – Hopefully he can continue his progress from the spring.
- Jack Simmons – Could end up being the #2 sooner rather than later.
- James Dearth – The long snapper.
Offensive Line –
- RT – Damein Woody – Hopefully can replicate last year’s consistency.
- RG – Brandon Moore – Just keep doing what you been doing.
- C – Nick Mangold – Anchor of the Jets offensive line
- LG – Alan Faneca – Didn’t show signs of age last season.
- LT – D’Brickashaw Ferguson – Keep getting better, especially in run blocking.
- G/T – Robert Turner – Pressure to prove he can provide adequate depth.
- T – Wayne Hunter – See directly above.
- G/T – Matt Slauson – Long term project, hopefully eventually replaces Faneca.
- Kris Jenkins – Needs to stay healthy and productive for 16 games.
- Shaun Ellis – Veteran leader on defense and still a very good player.
- Marques Douglas – Needs to prove he can handle starting.
- Sione Pouha – Needs to provide quality reps off the bench.
- Mike DeVito – Big chance to see starter type reps.
- Howard Greene – Needs to support Jenkins off the bench.
- Ropati Pitoitua – Hoping to become part of D-Line rotation.
- Bart Scott – Needs to provide swagger, leadership, and confidence to defense.
- David Harris – Should excel next to Scott.
- Calvin Pace – Looking forward to week 5.
- Bryan Thomas – Needs to step up, especially in first four weeks.
- Vernon Gholston – Huge training camp for the former first round pick.
- Marques Murrell – Chance to be major part of the defense.
- Jason Trusnik – Looking for more playing time.
- Larry Izzo – Special teams ace.
- Jamaal Westerman – Versatile, long term prospect at LB.
- Darrelle Revis – One of the best.
- Lito Sheppard – Needs to find 2006 form.
- Kerry Rhodes – Needs to find 2006 form.
- Jim Leonhard – Veteran of Ryan’s defense.
- Donald Strickland – Veteran nickle back.
- Dwight Lowery – Looking to build on last year.
- Eric Smith – Good depth at safety from the former starter.
- Ahmad Carroll – Looking to expand beyond special teams.
- James Ihedigbo – Trying to lock down #4 safety spot.
- K – Jay Feely – Just make your kicks.
- P – TJ Conley – Will beat out Reggie Hodges.
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