New York Jets 53 Man Roster Prediction: Pre-Training Camp Edition

Joe Caporoso projects the New York Jets 53 man roster before training camp kicks off…

One last prediction for the New York Jets 53 man roster before training camp kicks off…

Quarterback (3) 

  • Josh McCown
  • Christian Hackenberg
  • Bryce Petty

Potential Surprise: It isn’t out of the question that the team could move on from Petty if he has an ugly summer and choose to go with a different third stringer.

Worth Remembering: Josh McCown is 38. Petty got banged up last preseason and twice last regular season. Durability could be a problem here. It isn’t crazy to think there will be another quarterback or two shuffled through at some point this season.

Running Back (4)

  • Matt Forte
  • Bilal Powell
  • Elijah McGuire
  • Julian Howsare

Potential Surprise: I wouldn’t even categorize this as a surprise but the Jets are likely to scour the veteran market at fullback. If they are serious about utilizing the position this year, the starter might not currently be on the roster. It is probably a long shot but Matt Forte could also be shopped to a team in need at running back (Hello Dallas and Baltimore!).

Worth Remembering: Jordan Todman is in the mix as a potential kick returner, unless the Jets think McGuire or ArDarius Stewart can handle the role.

Tight End (3) 

  • Jordan Leggett
  • Eric Tomlinson
  • Brian Parker

Potential Surprise: Parker is a deep sleeper on the roster with an intriguing athletic profile to keep an eye on. Could the Jets keep an extra tight end and use him in a fullback role instead of signing a veteran or keeping Howsare or Anthony Firkser?

Worth Remembering: Austin Seferian-Jenkins is suspended the first two games of the season and is going to be on the team when that suspension ends, likely costing Parker or Tomlinson their spot.

Wide Receiver (6) 

  • Quincy Enunwa
  • Robby Anderson
  • ArDarius Stewart
  • Chad Hansen
  • Charone Peake
  • Marquess Wilson

Potential Surprise: The 5th and 6th spots are up for grabs. Chris Harper could stick as a returner. KD Cannon and Gabe Marks are UDFAs who will be in the mix as well.

Worth Remembering: Jalin Marshall is suspended the first four games, although he may not be returning to a roster spot. If he does, it doesn’t bode well for Peake, Wilson or any of the UDFAs.

Offensive Line (9)

  • Kelvin Beachum
  • James Carpenter
  • Wesley Johnson
  • Brian Winters
  • Brandon Shell
  • Ben Ijalana
  • Brent Qvale
  • Jonotthan Harrison
  • Craig Watts

Potential Surprise: The Jets could still add a veteran or two here (they had Orlando Franklin in for a visit today), which would put Qvale, Watts or Harrison on the outs.

Worth Remembering: The Jets top three backups (Qvale, Ijalana, Harrison) have 42 career starts between them.

Defensive Line (6)

  • Muhammad Wilkerson
  • Leonard Williams
  • Sheldon Richardson
  • Deon Simon
  • Lawrence Thomas
  • Mike Pennel

Potential Surprise: Sheldon Richardson is still very much on the trade market, if the Jets move on from him that opens up another spot (maybe Patrick Gamble?).

Worth Remembering: If Deon Simon and Mike Pennel do not have a strong summer, it is likely we see veteran Steve McLendon on the final 53.

Linebacker (9)

  • Darron Lee
  • Lorenzo Mauldin
  • Jordan Jenkins
  • Dylan Donahue
  • Demario Davis
  • Bruce Carter
  • Spencer Paysinger
  • Corey Lemonier
  • Julian Stanford

Potential Surprise: This position is wide open. Connor Harris and Freddie Bishop all have as good of a shot as sticking as Davis, Paysinger, Carter, Stanford and Lemonier. Nobody is safe here besides the 2016 and 2017 draft picks.

Worth Remembering: The Jets could be very active after the first round cuts and linebacker is a position that will be at the top of their list for an addition.

Secondary (10)

  • Morris Claiborne
  • Buster Skrine
  • Juston Burris
  • Marcus Williams
  • Daryl Roberts
  • Derrick Jones
  • Jamal Adams
  • Marcus Maye
  • Rontez Miles
  • Doug Middleton

Potential Surprise: UDFA Xavier Coleman and Idzik 12 survivor Dexter McDougle will compete with Jones, Williams and Roberts for the final spots. It is not out of the realm of possibility that Skrine could be a cut if the young pups are playing well.

Worth Remembering: 6th round pick Jeremy Clark may start the season on the PUP list and could be in the roster mix at some point this season.

Specials (3)

  • Chandler Catanzaro
  • Lachlan Edwards
  • Tanner Purdum

Potential Surprise: Ross Martin has a reasonable shot to unseat the newly signed Catanzaro at kicker.

Worth Remembering: Despite being drafted in 2016, Edwards could face competition if he struggles early in the preseason after a tough rookie year.

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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