New York Jets 53 Man Roster Prediction – August 23rd Edition

Joe Caporoso with a 53 man roster prediction for the New York Jets as of August 23rd, heading into their third preseason game…

An updated, somewhat outside the box prediction for the New York Jets 53 man roster heading into their third preseason game against the New York Giants. Tweet over all your objections here or sound off in the comment section…

Quarterback (4)

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • Geno Smith
  • Bryce Petty
  • Christian Hackenberg

I’m not in favor of carrying four quarterbacks but as of now, it feels like a real possibility for the Jets. The upcoming game for is critical for both Smith and Petty (momentum is currently on Petty’s side), while Hackenberg will likely have to wait until the preseason finale to see any action.

Running Back (4)

  • Matt Forte
  • Bilal Powell
  • Khiry Robinson
  • Tommy Bohanon

No surprises here.

Wide Receiver (6)

  • Brandon Marshall
  • Eric Decker
  • Kenbrell Thompkins
  • Jalin Marshall
  • Robby Anderson
  • Jeremy Ross

Devin Smith on the PUP to the start year. This is the most challenging position to project. You can argue there is no point to keep Marshall and Ross but the Jets may want to a veteran with experience available to handle returns. Thompkins is hanging by a thread. Anderson gets the nod over Peake right now, as the big, young, fast outside WR with upside. Peake goes to the practice squad.

Tight End (2)

  • Quincy Enunwa
  • Jace Amaro

Neither player is a traditional tight end but the Jets do not run an offense that regularly features a traditional Y tight end. Yes, it is still likely a guy like Kellen Davis, Brandon Bostick or maybe Zach Sudfeld sticks but with four quarterbacks, this may be something they sacrifice…if you can call it that.

Offensive Tackle (5)

  • Ryan Clady
  • Breno Giacomini
  • Ben Ijalana
  • Brent Qvale
  • Brandon Shell

Despite Giacomini’s injury issues, the Jets keep him around because of their thin depth and Clady’s injury history. Rookie Brandon Shell sticks because the Jets don’t want to risk losing him on the practice squad after trading up to get him in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Offensive Guard/Center (5)

  • Nick Mangold
  • Brian Winters
  • James Carpenter
  • Wesley Johnson
  • Jarvis Harrison

Less than ideal depth but the Jets are currently stuck with Johnson as their backup center and are not ready to cut bait on Harrison yet.

Defensive Line (6)

  • Muhammad Wilkerson
  • Sheldon Richardson
  • Leonard Williams
  • Steve McLendon
  • Jarvis Jenkins
  • Deon Simon

The Jets will keep an additional player (maybe an additional defensive lineman) to cover for Richardson’s week 1 suspension but this will be the six for the duration of the year.

Linebacker (8)

  • David Harris
  • Erin Henderson
  • Darron Lee
  • Bruce Carter
  • Jordan Jenkins
  • Lorenzo Mauldin
  • Mike Catapano
  • Freddie Bishop

The Jets have increased their depth and speed here. The backup spots at outside linebacker are still wide open with Catapano, Bishop, Deion Barnes and Trevor Reilly all still battling it out.

Corner (6)

  • Darrelle Revis
  • Marcus Williams
  • Buster Skrine
  • Dee Milliner
  • Juston Burris
  • Dexter McDougle

Despite an up and down preseason, the Jets give Idzik holdovers Milliner and McDougle one final shot.

Safety (4)

  • Calvin Pryor
  • Marcus Gilchrist
  • Rontez Miles
  • Doug Middleton

Middleton has done enough to knock veteran Dion Bailey off the roster.

Special Teams (3)

  • Nick Folk
  • Lachlan Edwards
  • Tanner Purdum

Nothing exciting here.

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Author: Joe Caporoso

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