Since our last roster prediction prior to training camp, plenty has changed around the New York Jets roster. Players have exceeded expectations. Players have disappeared. Players have been signed, hyped up an excessive amount and then released (hey, Braylon Edwards). With the final pre-season game only two days away, here is how I see the final 53 man roster shaking out, bearing in mind a few free agents could still be brought in prior to the season kicking off.
Quarterbacks (3) – Mark Sanchez. Geno Smith. Matt Simms. – As of now, I’m thinking Sanchez is the guy in week 1 and the team keeps Simms due to his physical attributes and potential upside.
Running Backs (4) - Bilal Powell. Chris Ivory. Kahlil Bell. Tommy Bohanon. - The Jets will get Mike Goodson back in week 5, at which point they could cut ties with Bell.
Tight Ends (3) - Kellen Winslow Jr. Jeff Cumberland. Konrad Reuland. - This seems pretty cut and dry.
Wide Receivers (6) - Santonio Holmes. Jeremy Kerley. Stephen Hill. Clyde Gates. Ryan Spadola. Ben Obomanu - Spadola has been one of the stars of camp. Obomanu will stick because of his special teams ability.
Offensive Line (9) – D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Willie Colon. Nick Mangold. Vladimir Ducasse. Austin Howard. Brian Winters. Caleb Schlauderaff. Jason Smith. Oday Aboushi. - Depth is a major concern here. I wouldn’t surprised if the team added a veteran after the final round of roster cuts. Aboushi could end up on the practice squad.
Defensive Line (7) – Muhammad WIlkerson. Kenrick Ellis. Sheldon Richardson. Quinton Coples. Damon Harrison. Leger Douzable. Antonio Garay. - Still listing Coples here because he will spend more time down in a stance than standing up at outside linebacker. This a good, deep group that will hopefully get Coples back in week 3.
Linebackers (8) - David Harris. Demario Davis. Garrett McIntyre. Calvin Pace. Antwan Barnes. Danny Lansanah. Nick Bellore. Josh Mauga. - It wouldn’t surprise me if Ricky Sapp grabbed the last spot over Mauga, particularly if he has a strong game against the Eagles. Lansanah has been a pleasant surprise in camp.
Corners (6) – Antonio Cromartie. Dee Milliner. Kyle Wilson. Darrin Walls. Isaiah Trufant. Ellis Lankster. - Walls and Trufant have put together strong camps, giving this group more depth than in recent years. Wilson will spend plenty of time at safety this season.
Safety (4) – Dawan Landry. Josh Bush. Antonio Allen. Jaiquawn Jarrett. - This remains a position of concern, with neither Allen or Jarrett distinguishing themselves this summer.
Specials (3) – Nick Folk. Tanner Purdum. Robert Malone. - No surprises here.