The New York Jets Depth Chart, As Explained By The Sopranos

Joe Caporoso with a review of the New York Jets depth chart, as explained by Sopranos quotes…

With the recent wave of news around the New York Jets roster, let’s take a reset look at their three deep depth chart…complemented by the most accurate Sopranos quote that describes the current state of the position group.

Quarterback

  • Sam Darnold
  • Joe Flacco
  • David Fales
  • James Morgan

“Where the f*you been, you’re late!”
“the highway was jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive” 

Fair or unfair, the clock is ticking on Sam Darnold to make the “leap.” The numbers say he is late on his development track but everyone who follows the team closely knows how mitigating his circumstances have been and the path to growth has been jammed by Jeremy Bates, Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan, Adam Gase and Dowell Loggains on their last chance power drives in positions of power with NFL teams.

Running Back

  • Le’Veon Bell
  • Frank Gore
  • La’Mical Perine

“Your father never had the makings of a varsity athlete” 

The Jets best player is Le’Veon Bell, at least from a resume perspective but his offensive staff appeared to believe he didn’t have the makings of an All-Pro with his usage style in 2019. Beyond that, they dug up the ageless (older than Uncle June?) Frank Gore to needle away at his carries in 2020.

Wide Receiver

  • Breshad Perriman
  • Jamison Crowder
  • Denzel Mims
  • Braxton Berrios
  • Vyncint Smith
  • Lawrence Gager

“Don’t you love me?” 

Josh Allen has Stefon Diggs and John Brown. Baker Mayfield has Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry. Kyler Murray has Larry Fitzgerald and DeAndre Hopkins. Sam Darnold heads into his third year without a single receiver who has ever exceeded 900 yards in a season. The Jets are praying that Breshad Perriman’s final four games in 2019 translate to a full season and second round rookie Denzel Mims hits the ground running. The depth here is scary if an injury hits.

Tight End

  • Chris Herndon
  • Ryan Griffin
  • Daniel Brown
  • Trevon Wesco

“Next time you come in, you come heavy or not at all” 

Chris Herndon, outside of Darnold, is the Jets x-factor on offense. He looked like a future Pro Bowl tight end down the stretch in 2018 and has the physical skill set to be the team’s lead target in 2020. After a lost sophomore season and injury concerns in college, can he come heavy and prove he can stay healthy? The same goes for Ryan Griffin, who is out to prove 2019 wasn’t a fluke and he isn’t just a random journeyman tight end.

Offensive Line

  • Mekhi Becton
  • Alex Lewis
  • Connor McGovern
  • Greg Van Roten
  • George Fant
  • Chuma Edoga
  • Jonotthan Harrison
  • Cameron Clark
  • Josh Andrews
  • Connor McDermott

The boss of this family told you, you gonna be Santa Claus, you’re Santa Claus so shut the f* about it” 

Joe Douglas began the process of finally investing in the offensive line this offseason by drafting Mekhi Becton and Cameron Clark, signing Greg Van Roten, George Fant and Connor McGovern. This unit is supposed to be his baby in particular, so let’s see if they can rise to the occasion and turn Douglas into Darnold’s personal Santa Claus…

Defensive Line

  • Steve McLendon
  • Henry Anderson
  • Quinnen Williams
  • Foley Fatukasi
  • Nathan Shepherd
  • Kyle Phillips

“It’s good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that and I know. But lately, I’m getting the feeling that I came in at the end. The best is over.”

For an entire decade the Jets have built and built and built their defensive line. It always looks amazing on paper yet always seems to underwhelm on the field, especially when it comes to getting after the quarterback. Outside of Quinnen Williams, who is hopefully poised for a big leap, let’s hope Joe Douglas is done investing premium resources into this position.

Inside Linebacker:

  • Avery Williamson
  • Patrick Onwuasor
  • Neville Hewitt
  • James Burgess
  • Blake Cashman

“They say every day’s a gift, but why does it have to be a pair of socks?”

The absence of CJ Mosley, the team’s highest paid player, has left the Jets with a collection of capable inside linebackers who aren’t flashy or have some question marks around them. Is Williamson fully healthy to return to 2018 form? Why did Onwuasor regress in a larger role in Baltimore? Can Cashman stay healthy? Are Hewitt and Burgess anything more than special teams players?

Edge:

  • Jordan Jenkins
  • Tarell Basham
  • Jabari Zuniga
  • Bryce Huff
  • Harvey Langi

“Oh, poor baby. What do you want, a Whitman’s Sampler?”

Poor Jets fans, constantly whining about an edge rusher and absolutely never seeing it be addressed. Hopefully Zuniga or Huff are long term finds to help improve the position but they are a mid round and UDFA flier…

Cornerback: 

  • Pierre Desir
  • Blessaun Austin
  • Brian Poole
  • Quincy Wilson
  • Bryce Hall
  • Nate Hairston
  • Arthur Maulet

“A wrong decision is better than indecision.”

Cornerback has been a problem spot since 2015 and it still may be but at least the Jets took some swings this offseason by trading for Quincy Wilson, signing Pierre Desir and drafting Bryce Hall. They also did an amazing job getting Brian Poole back on a low cost one year deal.

Safety: 

  • Marcus Maye
  • Bradley McDougald
  • Ashtyn Davis
  • Matthias Farley

“You steer the ship the best way you know. Sometimes it’s smooth. Sometimes you hit the rocks. In the meantime, you find your pleasures where you can.”

The Jets were able to ship off their disgruntled best player, Jamal Adams, for a titanic haul of draft picks and be left behind with a competent safety group. The coaching staff is immensely high on Davis’ potential, even as a rookie contributor.

Specials: 

  • Thomas Hennessy
  • Braden Mann
  • Sam Ficken
  • Brett Maher

Offensive Coaching Staff 

“Some people are so far behind in a race that they actually believe they’re leading.” 

You said it perfect, Uncle June…

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 EVP of Content at Whistle Sports