Turn On The Jets 12 Pack – 53 Man New York Jets Roster Prediction

The Turn On The Jets 12 Pack gives a prediction on the New York Jets 53 man roster

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1. Quarterback (3) – Mark Sanchez – Geno Smith – Matt Simms – Not predicting the starter yet, which I don’t think is decided until the third pre-season game. However, I do think Simms sticks over Greg McElroy this year.

2. Running Back (5) – Chris Ivory – Mike Goodson – Bilal Powell – Joe McKnight – Tommy Bohanon – I’ve been a little skittish on McKnight sticking around but I think with the team’s lack of playmakers he hangs on. Bohanon should show enough to allow them to kick Lex Hilliard to the curb.

3. Tight End (3) – Kellen Winslow Jr – Jeff Cumberland – Konrad Reuland – Winslow Jr should end up starting by week one. If he goes down, Cumberland is another receiving tight end. Reuland will fill the blocking role. Veteran help could be added here.

4. Wide Receiver (6)* – Santonio Holmes (PUP LIST won’t count against 53)* – Jeremy Kerley – Stephen Hill – Ben Obomanu – Clyde Gates – Zach Rogers – Personally, I’d rather see another young player like Ryan Spadola or Jordan White stick around over Gates or Obomanu but the Jets will want players with SOME (even if minimal) experience around. Yes, I think Holmes starts the season on the PUP list. Yes, I also think a veteran could be added (Nate Washington?)

5. Offensive Line (9) – D’Brickashaw Ferguson – Willie Colon – Nick Mangold – Brian Winters – Austin Howard – Stephen Peterman – Caleb Schlauderaff – Oday Aboushi – Vlad Ducasse Think the Jets roll with 9 here, with Peterman as the first guy off the bench, both him and Schlauderaff are versatile interior lineman. This year’s mid round draft pick, Aboushi sticks on the roster while King Ugly stays for insurance at tackle (where he worked all spring) not guard.

6. Defensive Line (7) – Muhammad WIlkerson – Kenrick Ellis – Quinton Coples – Sheldon Richardson – Antonio Garay – Damon Harrison – Junior Aumavae – Still counting Quinton Coples here because he’ll be doing more defensive lineman “things” than linebacker ones. The Jets have a nice rotation in place for this season.

7. Linebacker – (7) – David Harris – Demario Davis – Antwan Barnes – Calvin Pace – Garret McIntyre – Josh Mauga – Nick Bellore – A group with plenty to prove. Bellore will stick in primarily a special teams role, while the coaching staff seems to like Mauga’s potential on both defense and special teams.

8. Secondary (11) – Antonio Cromartie – Dee Milliner – Kyle Wilson – Aaron Berry – Darrin Walls – Isaiah Trufant – Dawan Landry – Josh Bush – Antonio Allen – Jaiquawn Jarrett – Rontez Miles – Rex loads up on the defensive backs as he keeps 6 corners and 5 safeties. Trufant beats out Ellis Lankster for the last corner spot and a role on special teams. Either Jarrett or Miles has a chance to be in the mix as the 4th safety and a special teams player, while the other will be inactive most weeks.

9. Specialists (3) – Nick Folk – Robert Malone – Tanner Purdum – EXCITING!

10. Practice Squad – Mike Shanahan (TE), Mike Edwards (CB), Hayden Smith (TE), Ryan Spadola (WR), WIlliam Campbell (OG), JoJo Dickson (LB), Dalton Freeman (C), Mark Popek (OT)

11. When Holmes comes back off the PUP list, don’t be surprised if the Jets drop Gates or Obomanu as I think Rogers will have shown enough potential by that point to stick around.

12. Positions where the Jets are most likely to add veterans in training camp – Wide Receiver. Offensive Tackle. Safety.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Sean

    Interesting to see it all laid out.

    When Holmes comes back from the PUP, I really can’t see them dropping someone from a skill position. The level of talent is so low overall and so unproven that even the YOUNG (key here) bottom of the roster wide out has some value.

    I would think the first guy off the roster would be Ducasse. He doesn’t really give you anything that any veteran free agent wouldn’t give you. Unless we already replaced him, then it would be one of the less versatile interior DL, either Harrison or Aumavae.

  • Drew

    A friend of mine (who is not a Jets fan) works for the Jets. After watching minicamp and OTAs he has been raving about Vidal Hazelton. He even drafted him in the final round of our fantasy draft.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it was a good pick, but my bold training camp prediction: Hazelton makes the roster.

  • first off wrs jordan white or Vidal Hazelton will make the team over zach rodgers and zach rodgers will be on the practice squad, the kid from iowa state will def bet out junior aumavae, miles will be on the practice squad ellis lankster will bet out trufant

  • shanft

    Why does Junior Aumavae get the nod over Kenrick Ellis?

  • shanft

    Whoops, I missed his name, Ellis is there. I guess the bigger question is what makes you think that Aumavae gets the last DL slot? I haven’t heard anything about him all offseason.

  • Anthony

    Ricky Sapp is making this roster, if necessary, over Nick Ballore, but probably over Jaiquawn Jarrett. Sapp is the direct backup to Antwan Barnes, and if Barnes goes down, the Jets have no more speed-edge rushers.

    I also see Hazleton and White making the roster over Gates and Obomanu. I think the Jets will make hands and route running over straight line speed.

    Finally I do not see a world where Konrad Reuland makes the roster over Hayden Smith, knowing Bohannan played the H-back spot and can do the blocking TE job.

  • Sean

    At 245 pounds, Bohanon is a little small to be counted on to be the in line blocker. Also, limits them in package flexibility if they want a blocking TE and FB on the field at once.

    Hard to keep 3 TEs with similar skill sets on the active roster, especially is Smith isn’t ready yet, and could be safely stashed on the practice squad.

  • Keith

    The Jets should only carry TWO QB’s this year. You have two young guy’s in Sanchez & Geno Smith who should be able to stay healthy. If one goes down you put the other guy in then sign someone if an injury occurs. Unless a Proven Vet becomes available and they want some more experience at QB to help guide the young guys. With all the question marks on offense I wouldn’t waste a 53rd spot at 3rd string QB when you don’t have a proven RB. Ivory never had to start and Goodson might be in jail. WR Holmes is injured and Kerley is a slot WR wouldn’t hurt to try and add someone to stretch the outside of the defense.

  • kilbasar

    If they really do decide to keep Simms over McElroy (and I don’t think they will, considering Lee’s comments about Simms’ accuracy), I would expect them to only keep Sanchez/Smith active, as Simms should still be eligible for the practice squad. That extra spot could go to Hayden, or another WR.

  • Gustav Flores

    I really don’t like the fact that we are counting on Holmes for our offense. Like i said before, when he got hurt and he threw the ball up in the air for grabs and fumbled away the ball for the defense to pick up and possibly run in for a TD i learned everything i needed to learn about Holmes. He only cares about himself and not the team…

  • Gustav Flores

    We should dump Sanchez and just move on from his circus act. The butt fumble and then came the butt on video, now we really know how much of an arse he really is. Do we need to know any more??????????????????

  • jason

    Reuland is far superior to Smith and is in contention with Winslow and Cumby. I’ve seen him catch from Niner’s Kaepernick missiles and he handled them no problem and was lead receiver in preseaon prior to Jets.

    Jet’s stuffed into blocking TE last season but he is a ‘receving’ TE. Reuland is faster than Smith, extremely versatile and Smith is nowhere near level of player Reuland is.

    Boggles me how people formulate opinions about Smith, works hard but I cannot find any stats other than 16 snaps and 2 catches in OTA and zero in Mini- I’m open to change mind if any stats around??

  • jason

    @Caparoso- Thanks for doing well laid out recap-
    TC – Will be stiff competition at numerous positions and tough decisions.
    WR- like your pick w/Rogers and Spadola on PS

    Looking forward to watching OLine open holes for Ivory