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Analyzing the Jets 53-Man Roster

Posted Aug 30, 2014

The Jets Keep Two QBs and 10 Members of Their 12 Player Draft Class, Claim CB McFadden

Quarterbacks (2)

Geno Smith & Mike Vick
Analysis: With Vick’s arrival, the Jets are in excellent shape if Geno Smith struggles or goes down to injury.  Many teams don’t keep three anymore and Matt Simms — days after QB coach David Lee said had improved as much as any player he could remember coaching — could find a new home.  Both Simms and Tajh Boyd, a sixth-rounder from Clemson, are practice squad eligible.

Running Backs (4)

Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson, Bilal Powell & Tommy Bohanon
Analysis: The Jets decide to stick with their three-headed monster at RB along with their lead blocker in Bohanon.  Former Ram Daryl Richardson had a good camp and flashed against the Eagles, but the Green & White might have the best RB depth in football.

Wide Receivers (7)

Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson, Greg Salas, Jalen Saunders, Saalim Hakim & Quincy Enunwa
Analysis: Stephen Hill had the prototypical size and speed combination for a receiver, but the 2012 second-round pick never was able to fully turn the corner.  In 23 games with the Jets, Hill finished with 45 receptions for 594 yards and four TDs.   Salas earned the coaching staff’s trust, making plays at practice and games while showcasing good hands and solid route running.  Saunders and Hakim get over the top with their special teams value.  Enunwa, a 6’2”, 225-pounder from Nebraska, has an NFL body and made some eye-popping plays at Cortland. 

Tight Ends (3)

Jeff Cumberland, Jace Amaro & Zach Sudfeld
Analysis: Wayne Chrebet told me Wednesday that the Jets haven’t had this kind of talent at tight end in long time.  Hopefully Jeff Cumberland won’t be slowed early this season by that nagging Achilles injury.

Centers (2)

Nick Mangold & Dalton Freeman
Analysis: Freeman earns the right to back up Mangold as the Jets released veteran OL Caleb Schlauderaff. 

Guards (4)

Willie Colon, Brian Winters, Oday Aboushi & Dakota Dozier
Analysis: Aboushi can kick out to a tackle if needed and the Virginia product had a tremendous offseason on the interior.  Dozier, who was a tackle at Furman, shows a lot of promise at guard.  He also got some snaps at center at camp.

Tackles (3)

D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Breno Giacomini & Ben Ijalana
Analysis:  The durability of Ferguson has been incredible and Ijalana will back him up at LT. 

Defensive Ends (3)

Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson & Leger Douzable
Analysis: Mo & Shelly are stars while Douz is an awfully valuable reserve.

Defensive Tackles (3)

Damon 'Snacks' Harrison, Kenrick Ellis & T.J. Barnes
Analysis: How ‘bout big T.J. Barnes?  After being a member of the practice squad last season, this 6’7” monster dropped a lot of weight and had a heck of a camp.

Inside Linebackers (4)

David Harris, Demario Davis, Nick Bellore & Jeremiah George
Analysis: The Jets received a big scare the other night when Bellore, a key special teams performer and reserve, went down with a calf injury against the Eagles.  A.J. Edds made a good run at the roster, but the Green & White stick with George, ith the speedy rookie from Iowa State.

Outside Linebackers (5)

Calvin Pace, Quinton Coples, Jason Babin, Ikemefuna Chinedum Enemkpali & Trevor Reilly
Analysis: The Jets opt for youth over veteran Garrett McIntyre.  Coach Ryan praised the effort of Reilly, a seventh-round pick from Utah, after watching the Eagles film.  Enemkpali, who missed the club’s final two preseason games with a foot injury, was all over the field in the first two preseason games.  He even blocked a punt against the Bengals.

Cornerbacks (6)

Dee Milliner, Antonio Allen, Darrin Walls, Kyle Wilson, Ellis Lankster & Leon McFadden (Rookie Dexter McDougle is on IR)
Analysis: The Dimitri Patterson saga comes to an end. If Allen passes concussion protocol, will Double A and Walls start on the outside against the Raiders? Milliner remains day-to-day with the ankle injury and the Jets will need their No. 1 CB in Week 2 against the Packers. Walls had a strong camp and carried it over to game action with an INT against the Bengals and solid play vs. the Giants. McFadden, a 5’10”, 190-pounder claimed off of waivers from the Browns, is a San Diego State product who was a third-round pick in the 2013 Draft.

Safeties (4)

Calvin Pryor, Dawan Landry, Jaiquawn Jarrett & Josh Bush
Analysis: Antonio Allen’s versatility makes this group five.  Landry told me late Thursday night that this is the deepest safety group he has been a member of in his nine-year career.  Bush holds off a challenge from a hard-charging Miles.

Special Teams (3)

Nick Folk, Ryan Quigley & Tanner Purdum
Analysis: Chalk. 

Note: OLB Antawn Barnes is on the Reserve/PUP list. 





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