53-man roster projection

August, 11, 2012
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With one preseason game in the books, this is a good time to take stock of the roster. This is my initial 53-man roster projection:

QUARTERBACK (3): Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy

Quick hit: This is pretty cut and dried. Maybe Matt Simms gets a look on the practice squad.

RUNNING BACK (4): Shonn Greene, Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight, Terrance Ganaway

Quick hit: McKnight sticks because of his kick-returning ability. He impressed Friday night, but he’s maddeningly inconsistent. Powell was used as the third-down back, ahead of McKnight.

FULLBACK (1): John Conner

Quick hit: The Terminator won't get terminated, but he needs to be more consistent.

WIDE RECEIVER (5): Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Patrick Turner, Jordan White

Quick hit: This position could have a new face by opening day. If they keep five, I don't see Chaz Schilens here. The Jets would have to eat $500,000 in guaranteed money if they cut him.

TIGHT END (3): Dustin Keller, Jeff Cumberland, Josh Baker

Quick hit: Cumberland needs to show he can be a reliable blocker. He allowed a sack Friday night, not a good start. There could be a new face here by the opener. The best-case scenario for Aussie Hayden Smith is the practice squad.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9): D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Matt Slauson, Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore, Wayne Hunter, Vladimir Ducasse, Caleb Schlauderaff, Austin Howard, Robert Griffin

Quick hit: On Friday night, the second-team line consisted of, left to right, Howard, Ducasse (whom the Jets insist isn't going anywhere), Slauson, Schlauderaff and Stephon Heyer. I think Heyer will be the odd-man out because Howard can play both sides.

DEFENSIVE LINE (6): Muhammad Wilkerson, Sione Pouha, Mike DeVito, Quinton Coples, Kenrick Ellis, Marcus Dixon.

Quick hit: Former Raider Jay Richardson, who had a strip sack in the game, is making a push. A couple of years ago, a guy like Richardson would've been a virtual shoo-in, but the talent has improved considerably.

LINEBACKER (9): Calvin Pace, David Harris, Bart Scott, Bryan Thomas, Aaron Maybin, Demario Davis, Josh Mauga, Nick Bellore, Garrett McIntyre.

Quick hit: Ricky Sapp could push McIntyre if he gets healthy. Keep an eye on Davis, who could challenge Scott if he develops quickly.

SECONDARY (10): Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell, Eric Smith, Kyle Wilson, Ellis Lankster, Antonio Allen, Josh Bush, Isaiah Trufant.

Quick hit: Fierce battle for that last spot between Trufant, Julian Posey and D'Anton Lynn. Rex Ryan always carries big numbers in the secondary.

SPECIALISTS (3): Nick Folk, T.J. Conley, Tanner Purdum

Quick hit: Folk has outkicked Josh Brown in camp, but the placekicking battle isn't over.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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