The Entirely Too Early New York Jets 53 Man Roster Prediction

Joe Caporoso predicts the New York Jets 53 man roster at an absurdly early date

With the season less than 100 days away and the New York Jets in the midst of OTAs, we thought it was an appropriate time to drop in a premature prediction for the team’s 53 man roster. It is fair to assume there will be a handful of outside players still brought in, surprise cuts and injuries BUT this is the best we can do based on who is on the team right now.

In case you missed it, we discussed the New York Jets wide receiver situation on the team’s website right here. We also talked quarterback there last week. We should have 3 or 4 more segments coming up each Monday on the NewYorkJets.com so stay tuned…

QUARTERBACK (3)

  • Geno Smith
  • Mike Vick
  • Tahj Boyd

The Jets were high on Boyd and Logan Thomas throughout the entire draft process as long term developmental backups. Once the Cardinals took Thomas somewhat surprisingly early, Boyd became their guy. It will take a very strong summer from Matt Simms to keep Boyd off the final 53, as the Jets will likely not want to risk losing him off the practice squad to another team’s roster. The decision to sign Vick and draft Boyd shows the Jets remain doubtful of Simms’ ability to be a NFL backup.

RUNNING BACK (5)

  • Chris Ivory
  • Chris Johnson
  • Bilal Powell
  • Daryl Richardson
  • Chad Young (FB)

Maybe somewhat surprising to see the Jets keep four halfbacks and Young over Tommy Bohanon. However, Bohanon was relatively awful last season so if Young can make an impression this summer, he has a good shot of sticking. I think the Jets keep four halfbacks because they will be fairly run heavy and depth is always essential, especially with Chris Ivory’s durability questions. Mike Goodosn might not be on the roster by the end of the week, nevermind in September and Alex Green remains an equally long shot to stick on the roster.

TIGHT END (3)

  • Jeff Cumberland
  • Jace Amaro
  • Zach Sudfeld

Assuming the team doesn’t bring in some veteran blocking support, Sudfeld should stick as the third guy behind Cumberland and Amaro, who will be prominent parts of the passing game. The Jets are very high on Cumberland’s potential. We are going to see many two tight end sets featuring him and Amaro, so much so that it is likely to be the team’s de facto base formation.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9)

  • Breno Giacomini
  • Willie Colon
  • Nick Mangold
  • Brian Winters
  • D’Brickashaw Ferguson
  • Dakota Dozier
  • Oday Aboushi
  • Ben Ijalana
  • Dalton Freeman

The health of Colon as the team enters training camp bears watching. As of now, it appears Aboushi is the top backup to him but it wouldn’t be surprising if Dozier bumped him out of that spot and develops into a likely 2015 starter. If healthy, Ijalana provides competent tackle depth and Freeman projects as a developmental player at center behind Mangold.

WIDE RECEIVER (6)

  • Eric Decker
  • Jeremy Kerley
  • David Nelson
  • Jalen Saunders
  • Shaq Evans
  • Stephen Hill

It will be a very interesting battle for the spots after Decker and Kerley. Nelson remains the team’s third best/most proven receiver, out of the rookies Saunders’ game is most ready to make an immediate impact on the offense, while Evans was a strong fourth round selection as well. For now, I will go with Stephen Hill sticking on the roster. Clyde Gates and Greg Salas are goners. Jacoby Ford and Quincy Enunwa are wild cards here. If Ford is healthy, he can be electric but is there room for him and Saunders? Enunwa is very, very raw but do the Jets want to risk losing him to another team by putting him on the practice squad? Like we said at the top, it is going to be a heated race this summer at this position.

DEFENSIVE LINE (5)

  • Muhammad Wilkerson
  • Damon Harrison
  • Sheldon Richardson
  • Leger Douzable
  • Kenrick Ellis

These guys are good.

LINEBACKER (8) 

  • David Harris
  • Demario Davis
  • Calvin Pace
  • Quinton Coples
  • Antwan Barnes
  • Jeremiah George
  • Nick Bellore
  • Trevor Reilly

Hopefully Barnes is back to 100% health by the time training camp starts. The Jets need his speed off the edge. I’m going with the rookie, Reilly, knocking Garrett McIntyre off the roster and fellow rookie George sticking as well. Jermaine Cunningham could also push for a spot but as of now, I don’t think he will make it.

CORNERBACK (7)

  • Dee Milliner
  • Dimitri Patterson
  • Kyle Wilson
  • Dexter McDougle
  • Darrin Walls
  • Ellis Lankster
  • Ras I-Dowling

Dowling is going to generate a bunch of offseason buzz because of his measurables and draft status. Yet, can he stay healthy and consistent? Patterson is the likely day one starter opposite of Milliner, while it wouldn’t be surprising if McDougle was pushing for playing time on the outside by the middle of the season. Lankster is a core special teams player, Walls provides good depth and is deserving of more of a look with the first team.

SAFETY (4)

  • Antonio Allen
  • Calvin Pryor
  • Dawan Landry
  • Jaiquawn Jarrett

Nothing too surprising here unless you highly value Josh Bush, who hasn’t done much of anything since being drafted or think that Rontez Miles can make an impression this summer. It wouldn’t be stunning if the team kept five safeties and six corners.

SPECIALS (3)

  • Nick Folk
  • Ryan Quigley
  • Tanner Purdum

No surprises here.

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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