- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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Examining the New York Jets' roster:
Status quo on the quarterback front, as all three spots remain clearly defined at this point. Rookie Tajh Boyd, who didn't play in the preseason opener, is expected to play against the Cincinnati Bengals.
RUNNING BACKS (5)
The Jets are debating whether to keep four or five backs. With Ivory (ribs) nursing an injury, with Powell coming off a hamstring injury and with Johnson returning from knee surgery, it makes sense to keep five. Good news for Richardson.
WIDE RECEIVERS (6)
Evans has a shoulder injury that could sideline him for the season, according to Rex Ryan. It sounds like a classic injured-reserve stash, but that's just our opinion. At any rate, we're replacing Evans with the speedy Ford, the No. 1 kickoff returner on the team.
TIGHT ENDS (3)
Sudfeld continues to impress, showing an ability to line up in different positions around the formation. Truth be told, he's more reliable than Amaro, who continues to struggle with drops. Ryan wants Amaro to show a little nasty when the ball is in the air.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)
Freeman didn't help his chances with a bad shotgun snap in the preseason opener. Ijalana didn't help his chances by allowing a sack. Ryan raved about Winters' performance against the Indianapolis Colts. It looks like the starting guards will be Winters and Colon.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (5)
We're sticking with the same old five, but a word of warning: Big T.J. Barnes (6-foot-7, 364 pounds) is coming on. He actually dropped 20 pounds, prompting Ryan to invoke the old "deck-chair-off-the-Titanic" line.
Edds, one of the surprises in camp, got some first-team snaps in the opener, playing the "Will" position. He's an instinctive player with the ability to play pass coverage. George, a fifth-round pick, is starting to flash in practice.
Tough break, losing Dexter McDougle to a season-ending knee injury. Now Milliner (ankle) is banged-up, too, and could miss a few weeks. To replace McDougle, we're bumping up Dowling, the former second-round pick of the New England Patriots. Who else is there?
Pryor, recovered from a concussion, is practicing at full speed, looking forward to his preseason debut. He's still with the second team, but he will work his way into first-team reps. It's time for Josh Bush and Rontez Miles to make their moves, via special teams.
Kicker Andrew Furney is a terrific story. He kicked a 51-yard field goal to beat the Colts. Ryan's nickname for him is "Furnace," because he's on a hot streak. Alas, he won't be able to unseat Folk.