One Week Down – New York Jets 53 Man Roster Prediction

Joe Caporoso predicts the New York Jets 53 man roster heading into week two of the pre-season

The New York Jets have one pre-season game in the books. It was a fairly good overall performance but the Sunday injuries to Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle have thrown many into a frenzy. It sounds like Milliner should be back by week two at the latest and while McDougle was showing intriguing potential…he was still a third round rookie. Regardless, let’s reset our roster projection as the Jets prepare for the Cincinnati Bengals…

Quarterback (2)

  • Geno Smith
  • Mike Vick

The Jets decide to roll the dice by putting Tahj Boyd on the practice squad, while Matt Simms doesn’t stick as the Jets opt to beef up other positions instead of carrying three quarterbacks.

Running Back (5)

  • Chris Ivory
  • Chris Johnson
  • Bilal Powell
  • Daryl Richardson
  • Tommy Bohanon (FB)

Ivory’s banged up ribs and Powell’s balky hamstring only further amplify the need to keep Richardson around. Neither Bohanon or Chad Young have flashed much yet, so Bohanon gets the nod due to his familiarity with the offense. 

Tight End (3)

  1. Jeff Cumberland
  2. Jace Amaro
  3. Zach Sudfeld

No surprises here. We saw a handful of formations against Indy that had all three of these guys on the field together and multiple looks with Amaro and Sudfeld at WR. 

Wide Receiver (5)

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

The type of tight ends the Jets have allow them to keep five here. Jacoby Ford doesn’t merit a roster spot to watch kickoffs fly over his head and out of the end-zone. Maybe they can revisit adding him later in the year when the cold weather leads to kickoffs not traveling as far. Greg Salas and Quincy Enunwa are still in the mix here, particularly if Hill continues to milk carton this pre-season.

Offensive Line (9)

  • Nick Mangold
  • D’Brickashaw Ferguson
  • Willie Colon
  • Breno Giacomini
  • Brian WInters
  • Oday Aboushi
  • Dalton Freeman
  • Dakota Dozier
  • William Campbell

Aboushi can function as a swing backup at guard or tackle, while Freeman can be Nick Mangold’s top backup. Dozier is developmental player who the team will hope they won’t have to be use until 2015. It isn’t out of the question for the Jets to add a veteran swing tackle for depth after initial roster cuts. Campbell could be let go when Barnes is brought back on the roster. 

Defensive Line (7)

  • Muhammad Wilkerson
  • Sheldon Richardson
  • Damon Harrison
  • Leger Douzable
  • Kenrick Ellis
  • TJ Barnes
  • IK Enemkpali

IK could technically be listed as a linebacker but we’ll throw him here. He continues to make an impression on specials and off the bench on defense this August and ends up with a roster spot. Barnes is groomed as Ellis’ roster replacement for 2015.

Linebacker (9)

  • David Harris
  • Demario Davis
  • Calvin Pace
  • Quinton Coples
  • Nick Bellore
  • Jason Babin
  • Antwan Barnes (PUP)
  • Trevor Reilly
  • AJ Edds

The Jets load up here and hope Barnes can make an impact when returning in October. Edds has flashed all summer and was all over the field against the Colts. Reilly also made a nice impression in his debut. Jeremiah George gets sent off to the practice squad and Garrett McIntyre is a veteran cut. 

Secondary (11)

  • Dee Milliner
  • Dimitri Patterson
  • Kyle Wilson
  • Darrin Walls
  • Ellis Lankster
  • Veteran CB
  • Calvin Pryor
  • Antonio Allen
  • Dawan Landry
  • Rontez Miles
  • Jaiquawn Jarrett

They are going to add a corner at some point, likely after the first round of roster cuts (keep an eye on Cleveland and Kansas City) and the Jets will keep five safeties, as their defense will increase the amount of looks they use that feature three safeties on the field at once.

Specials (3)

  • Nick Folk
  • Ryan Quigley
  • Tanner Purdum

The Jets would be wise to bring in another leg besides Jacob Schum to push Quigley. 

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