New York Jets 53 Man Roster Prediction

Joe Caporoso with a 53 man roster prediction for the New York Jets heading into their final pre-season game

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.

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

  • ok lets be for real i like Danny Lansanah and he has had a good camp but he is not making the team over ricky sapp. Lansanah will be put on the Practice squad for further development other then that i agree with everything else

  • JetOrange

    Very accurate 53, just an excellent job. Sapp makes it over Mauga. Josh is just not healthy enough, he will be back later in the season. I wouldn’t be shocked if Junior Aumuavae NT snuck in allowing Ellis to play more DE, a DeVito type role, with Snacks Harrison as a starting NT. Would make the Jets very tough against the run..

  • What happened to Rontez Miles? (UDFA)

  • brandon

    Watch out for Madu to overtake Bell. He’s been in on very effective drives this preseason and has been featured in the Wildcat formations with Powell early (even though Bilal has yet to handoff). He’s 2nd on the team in rush yards this preseason, has higher YPC and has more catches out of the backfield. I don’t know why Bell has gotten all the attention from everyone. He may have got 2 scores against JAX, but 11 carries for 29 yards won’t cut it most places.

  • John C

    I always thought saving a roster spot on a designated snapper was a waste. Nine O-Linemen, and not a one can be taught to long snap? Does anyone know how many other teams do it?

    I agree that Sapp should stick over Mauga. I’d like to see them go with 5 Running Backs all year – they could do that if they didn’t have a designated long snapper. If they can put Simms on the practice squad (if he’s not already the starter 🙂 ) when Sanchez returns, that might save a roster spot also.

  • kilbasar

    Regarding Bell vs Madu, I think Bell sticks because he’s more of a proven commodity. He started for the Bears for 3.5 games in 2011, and did rather well in the role. His career average is 4.3 y/c, and he has good hands. He also ran the wildcat against the Giants last week. His primary concern is with fumbling.

  • MAP

    Agree with your comments/selections. We’re still pretty slow at linebacker given Harris and Pace will likely start. That concerns me too.

  • David

    Only thing that worries me is the O-line depth. If we lose a starter to injury, I feel bad for the QB.

  • joeydefiant

    Looking on paper it’s actually a good young team on the rise. Half the starters are under 25 and haven’t peaked yet. Hopefully they keep Carpenter instead of Folk. Making less than 80% of your FG’s for the last 4 years doesn’t cut it in the NFL. I’ve seen enough of Folk. Carpenter has had over 80% every year 89% one year and 85% two years ago.

  • kc.

    any “prospects” that could be getting dropped/released from other teams??

  • kc.

    any “prospects” that could be getting dropped/released from other teams??

  • John C

    I agree with Brandon about Madu. He has been the one running back who has consistently gotten positive yardage (2 yards or more) with each carry. That has been no mean feat this preseason. Bell had 5 carries for 5 yards last week. Powell, and even Ivory, seem to have as many no gainers as they have positive runs. The fact that Madu did not get any carries last week, doesn’t sound good for him, but, if they keep 5 RBs he should stick around.

  • John

    Why all the play for Sapp? Aside from the earliest practices without contact, he’s been invisible. A huge liability against the run and not physical enough to separate from OT’s for pressures. And with Coples playing a lot of LB, another DLineman (Aumuavae) will be needed over Sapp IMO. I agree that Lansanah sticks but think that only 8 OL stay.
    Thanks for creating this list.

  • Sean F

    Can’t really argue with much there. I think they should keep Massaquoi too. 7 WRS seems excessive, but Spec Teams for Gates, Massaquoi, and Obomanu makes it feasible. Don’t see 9 Offensive Lineman either. They should defintely look to play Wilson at safety. It looks like that may be the spot for him. I can’t see Allen or Jarrett “winning” the job