First a few updates:
1. The Jets have signed tryout linebackers Cory Reamer from Alabama and Brashton Satele from Hawaii and released linebacker Broderick Stewart. Ryan was raving about Reamer throughout the Jets rookie minicamp and it will be interesting to see if he has a real chance to stick on the active roster. The depth chart has been updated accordingly and I also finally got rid of that Kerry Rhodes picture in the 2009 stats section.
2. It is being reported Leon Washington will have to play with a rod in his leg this season and there is still a chance he could start the year on the PUP list. Hopefully Leon can get himself back to 100 percent but you have to wonder if these injury concerns played a major part in the Jets decision to trade him and draft Joe “Get The Guy Some Rolaids” McKnight.
3. Anybody else enjoying the Red Sox being well on their way to a 75 win season? Also, you have to feel bad for Mets fans…I mean they get themselves in position for a big early season series against the Phillies, they are in great position to steal 2 out of 3 but then their ace walks a 47 year old pitcher with the bases loaded en route to being completely shelled.
Digging A Little Deeper Into The Jets Roster
By this point we have a general idea of who the starters for the Jets will be on both sides of the ball and who many of the key reserves coming off the bench will be. However, there are still some spots that remain up for grabs on the Jets final 53 man roster. Let’s take a look through at current situation on the Jets depth chart heading into May’s full squad OTAs, starting today with the offense:
- Mark Sanchez - Locked in as the #1 quarterback, likely won’t participate in all of the Jets OTAs as he recovers from off-season surgery.
- Kellen Clemens – Has a very, very tenuous hold on the #2 job. I wouldn’t bet on him being a Jet when the season starts.
- Erik Ainge – He will be given every opportunity to make a run at the #2 job.
- Kevin O’Connell – The Jets must think he has potential to compete for the backup job since they held on to him all last season as their #4 quarterback.
Potential Additions – Mark Brunell – If one of the other Jets UFAs signs somewhere, Brunell will likely be quickly added or they could wait until July 22nd to sign him after the Final Eight rules stop restricting them.
Analysis – I wouldn’t expect the Jets to carry four quarterbacks for the second year in a row. It is a waste of a roster spot. It is hard to determine right now what the Jets depth chart will look like behind Sanchez on opening day. If I had to guess today, Brunell will be brought in as the #2 quarterback while Ainge and O’Connell battle for the #3 spot and long term backup position. Kellen Clemens will either be traded to a team who suffers an injury at quarterback in camp or be released.
- Shonn Greene – Locked in as the starting running back.
- LaDainian Tomlinson – Locked in as the number two back.
- Joe McKnight – Considering the Jets spent a fourth round pick on him and traded up to get him…locked in as the #3/third-down back.
- Chauncey Washington – Unless there is an injury, he won’t be on the 53 man roster.
- Tony Richardson – He will start out the year as the team’s #1 fullback and mentor to 5th round pick John Connor.
- John Connor – He will be on the 53 man roster to learn from Richardson and be groomed as the full time fullback.
- Jason Davis – Unless there is an injury, he won’t be on the 53 man roster.
Analysis – I would expect the Jets to carry Greene, Tomlinson, McKnight, Richardson, and Connor on their 53 man roster. McKnight or Connor will be battling to be active each week, depending on the game-plan, their progress, and how much they are contributing on special teams.
- Dustin Keller – Locked in as the team’s starting tight end.
- Ben Hartsock – The Jets #2/blocking tight end.
- Matthew Mulligan – Battling Tanner Purdum for the long snapper job.
- Tanner Purdum – Not technically a tight end but battling for the long snapping job with Mulligan.
Analysis – The Jets will carry Keller, Hartsock, and whoever ends up being their long snapper.
- Jerricho Cotchery – I still consider him the Jets #1 receiver until Braylon is more consistent and Santonio returns from suspension.
- Braylon Edwards – Playing for a long term contract.
- Santonio Holmes – Man, we have a hell of trio at receiver.
- Brad Smith – He will be on the roster because of his versatility, big play ability and special teams skills.
- David Clowney – He will have a tough time making the roster because of his lack of contributions on special teams.
- Danny Woodhead – He is versatile but needs to show more on specials to stick.
- Aundrae Allison – Has incredible speed and potential as a kick returner, which makes him intriguing.
- Britt Davis – Made an impression last season in training camp but needs to show something on special teams.
Potential Additions – Laveranues Coles – Apparently the Jets have recently been in contact with Coles and his agent, but I doubt anything happens. He would have to accept being a number 4 receiver after Holmes returns from suspension.
Analysis – One of the more interesting position battles on the team will take place for the #5 receiver spot. I doubt Coles joins the Jets, which means Clowney, Allison, Woodhead, and Davis will fight it out. Since Holmes will be suspended for the first four games, two of them will likely make the opening day roster with one of them being cut or moved to the practice squad after he returns from suspension. Clowney has the advantage of gaining starting experience last year. I don’t think Woodhead can stick as a full time receiver and he didn’t do much on specials last year. Davis has good size and could be a good project player to hold on to. If Allison can win the kick return job, than he will obvious stick as the #5.
- LT – D’Brickashaw Ferguson – Bookend tackle.
- LG – Vladimir Ducasse – He will be one of the most watched players in training camp as he battles to replace Alan Faneca.
- C – Nick Mangold – The best in the business.
- RG – Brandon Moore – Rock solid and underrated.
- RT – Damien Woody – Solid veteran.
- G – Matt Slauson – He will battle for the starting left guard spot with Ducasse…has an uphill battle considering where Ducasse was drafted.
- C – Robert Turner – Mike Tannenbaum said after the draft Turner would backup Mangold and he also contributes as an extra tight end in short yardage packages.
- T – Wayne Hunter – Backup tackle who also plays in short yardage packages.
Potential Additions – Veteran Left Guard – If Ducasse and Slauson struggle in camp, don’t be shocked if the Jets look to add a veteran guard.
Analysis – I would anticipate the Jets carrying their five starters with Slauson/Ducasse, Turner, and Hunter as their backups.
Overall Analysis – If you figure the Jets carry three quarterbacks, five running backs, six receivers (until Holmes comes back), three tight ends, and eight offensive lineman, that totals 25 players, which gives Rex 26 defensive players to keep (with the kicker and punter rounding out the roster). He could also add another defensive player to the 53 man roster after week 4 when Holmes comes back and the Jets likely demote one of their receivers to practice squad or release them.
Don’t Sleep On J-Co