CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Rex Ryan said there's more roster uncertainty than he's ever experienced, so predicting the final 53 is tougher than usual. Here's a breakdown of where it stands as the Jets prepare to open the preseason Friday night in Detroit:
Bubble: Matt Simms
Analysis: The starting job remains up in the air. Simms' arm strength still intrigues the coaches.
Analysis: Goodson's future in football is a huge question mark. Bohanon, a rookie, is giving Hilliard a run for the fullback job. McKnight will stick because of his return ability. Griffin is challenging for a spot.
Analysis: A lot hinges on Holmes' availability. The odds of him being ready for Week 1 are remote. They will have to decide whether to carry him on the 53 or place him on PUP (six games). There's a spirited battle for the fifth/sixth job. Special-teams ability will be the deciding factor.
Analysis: Because of his knee, Winslow falls between "safe bets" and "bubble." They don't have a true blocking tight end. Keep in mind that Bohanon can play tight end as well.
Analysis: The starting lineup is pretty set -- unless Winters comes on strong to challenge Peterman. The key question is backup center, as Schlauderaff struggles with his shotgun snaps.
Analysis: It's a thin, four-man rotation at the top. They need another player or two to step up. Quinton Coples will play on the line even though he's listed as a linebacker.
Analysis: Great competition for the backup jobs. Sapp, finally healthy, is having a terrific camp and has a good chance to stick. They could end up keeping nine.
Analysis: There haven't been this many questions in the secondary in a long time. The sleeper here is Jarrett, who could push an unspectacular Allen out of a starting job. They will go five or six deep at corner.
Analysis: Cundiff got off to a slow start, but he's coming on and could make it interesting. Quigley punted well in the scrimmage.