First a few updates:
1. The Jets have signed quarterback Mark Brunell. I tend to agree with the opinion held in the Jets locker room as reported by Manish Mehta (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/jets/2010/07/jets-to-work-out-mark-brunell.html)
2. There will be a preview of Hard Knocks on HBO tonight at 11 PM tonight.
3. Get yourself hyped up for some AFC East football in 2010, with our new episode of TOJ TV –
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New York Jets Training Camp Preview: Predicted 53 Man Roster
It is time for our annual prediction of the Jets final 53 man roster before training camp starts and by annual I mean this is the second time we have done it, since it is only my second training camp at Turn On The Jets. Let’s hope I improve on last season when I picked Jehuu Caulcrick, Mario Urrutia, Jack Simmons, and TJ Conley to make the team.
- Mark Sanchez – Let’s hope he builds on his performance in the playoffs.
- Mark Brunell – I disagree with the decision to bring him in, let’s hope Sanchez stays healthy.
- Kevin O’Connell – He was working ahead of Ainge in the spring and the Jets wouldn’t have traded a pick for him if they didn’t think he had potential.
- Shonn Greene – He steps into the lead back role after a very impressive end to his rookie season.
- LaDainian Tomlinson – Looking to prove he isn’t over the hill.
- Joe McKnight – Hopefully he will be groomed into Leon Washington 2.0
- Tony Richardson – Despite his advance age, one of the better fullbacks in the NFL.
- John Conner – Fullback of the future, should primarily play special teams this season.
- Dustin Keller – Another player hoping to build on a strong run of games in the playoffs.
- Ben Hartsock – Holding! Hartsock gets his share of flags but he is a good blocker.
- Tanner Purdum – The new long snapper, if he botches one in camp let’s get James Dearth on the phone.
- Jerricho Cotchery – Can’t wait to see how many third downs he converts this season.
- Braylon Edwards – Coming off a very good off-season.
- Santonio Holmes – See you in week five.
- Brad Smith – Hope the Jets don’t forget about the Tiger formation.
- David Clowney – He will have a chance in the first four games to make an impact on offense and will need to step on specials.
- C: Nick Mangold – The best in the business, now pay the man.
- LG: Vladimir Ducasse – He has big shoes to fill.
- RG: Brandon Moore – Quietly, one of the better guards in the NFL.
- LT: D’Brickashaw Ferguson – Just got his new contract.
- RT: Damien Woody – Let’s hope he did well in the weight loss contest
- G/T: Robert Turner – He sees action in the Jets short yardage packages.
- T: Wayne Hunter – Another guy who sees action in the short yardage packages.
- G/C: Matt Slauson- “Battling” with Ducasse for the starting job.
- DE: Shaun Ellis – The longest tenured Jet, likely in his final season with the team.
- NT: Kris Jenkins – Returning from ACL surgery.
- DE: Mike DeVito – Stepping into the starting line-up for Marques Douglas.
- DT: Sione Pouha – Had a very good 2009 filling in for Jenkins.
- DE: Vernon Gholston – New position, hopefully new results.
- DE: Ropati Pitoitua – Will have a chance to become a bigger part of the rotation in 2010.
- DL: Matt Kroul – Spent last season on the practice squad, should jump up this year.
- ILB: David Harris – One of the best in the business, despite not getting the proper recognition.
- ILB: Bart Scott – The vocal leader of the defense.
- OLB: Calvin Pace – Poised for a double digit sack season.
- OLB: Bryan Thomas – The first and second down linebacker.
- OLB: Jason Taylor – Brought in to provide a pass rush.
- ILB: Lance Laury – Brought in for his special teams ability.
- OLB: Jamaal Westerman – Impressive rookie season for the UDFA and he can also play inside.
- ILB: Kenwin Cummings – Coaches have raved about him this off-season.
- OLB: Kevin Basped – His athleticism and long term potential grab him a roster spot.
- Darrelle Revis – Pay The Man.
- Antonio Cromartie – Alcrotraz joins Revis Island.
- Kyle Wilson – The Jets first round pick.
- Dwight Lowery – Could also see some time at safety.
- Marquice Cole – Looker for a bigger role on special teams and defense than in 2009.
- Drew Coleman – Hopefully he is safely inactive in most games.
- Jim Leonhard – Solid and steady.
- Brodney Pool – New addition to replace Mrs. Rhodes
- Eric Smith – Will be used all over the place by Rex Ryan off the bench.
- James Ihedigbo – Good role player who is often used on blitzes.
- Donovan Warren – I am guessing Rex Ryan’s love of defensive backs will lead him to keep UDFA Warren, who was a corner in college but will now play safety.
- K: Nick Folk – Let’s hope he can find what made him an All-Pro in the past.
- P: Steve Weatherford – Nobody runs a fake punt better than big #9.
Notes: The last three I put on the roster were Drew Coleman, Donovan Warren, and Kevin Basped. I am thinking the Jets will decide they can survive with four active receivers in weeks 1 – 4. However, if they do keep an extra receiver over one of the defensive players I selected, I think it would be Danny Woodhead or Aundrae Allison. I wasn’t hesitant about the 11 defensive backs because of Ryan’s professed love of collecting them for his roster.
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