A run through the Jets roster as it appears to stand heading into week one —
Quarterback – Mark Sanchez, Mark Brunell, Kevin O’Connell
It is disappointing to hear that Greg McElroy will have to spend the season on IR, as he showed promise in the pre-season as the Jets long term backup. It made sense for the Jets to bring O’Connell back considering his familiarity with the offense. Yet, the Jets still have a terrible situation on their hands if Mark Sanchez gets hurt.
Running Back – Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson, Joe McKnight, Bilal Powell, John Conner (Fullback)
No surprises here. If John Conner can’t go week one, the Jets can bring Tony Richardson back.
Wide Receiver – Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, Derrick Mason, Jeremy Kerley, Logan Payne, Mardy Gilyard
The Jets picked up Gilyard off waivers from the St. Louis Rams, who gave up on him after only year after spending a fourth round pick on him. He has big play potential and could contribute as a returner. I am surprised the Jets decided to keep Payne despite his injury. Clearly, they are very high on his potential, especially as a special teams player.
Tight End – Dustin Keller, Matthew Mulligan, Jeff Cumberland
I am excited about the potential of Cumberland and wonder if he will get a chance to be active this season.
Offensive Line – Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore, Matt Slauson, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Wayne Hunter, Robert Turner, Colin Baxter, Vladimir Ducasse, Caleb Schlauderaff
The Jets have brought in a veteran in Sclauderaff and also added a true center to backup Nick Mangold in Baxter, but their depth is still questionable. It will improve when Robert Turner comes back from an injury. One of the biggest disappointments in camp was how Vladimir Ducasse failed to progress.
Defensive Line – Sione Pouha, Muhammad Wilkerson, Mike DeVito, Ropati Pitoitua, Kenrick Ellis, Marcus Dixon
I am excited to see these group develop in the coming years. Pitoitua, Dixon, and Ellis are all coming off strong pre-season and Wilkerson will step right into the starting lineup as a rookie first round pick.
Linebackers – Bryan Thomas, Calvin Pace, David Harris, Bart Scott, Jamaal Westerman, Garrett McIntyre, Josh Mauga, Nick Bellore
The Jets are very young behind their starters and will be relying on Jamaal Westerman to provide a pass rush. Josh Mauga had an excellent pre-season and McIntyre and Bellore are both nice stories.
Secondary – Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Jim Leonhard, Eric Smith, Kyle Wilson, Brodney Pool, Emmanuel Cook, Donald Strickland, Marquice Cole, Andrew Sandejo
Arguably the Jets deepest position. Sandejo likely won’t stick around as the Jets just picked him up from Dallas to pick his brain for week one. Cook had an inconsistent pre-season but should be a quality special teams player.
Specials – TJ Conley, Nick Folk, Tanner Purdum
Conley is the only newcomer.