- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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Examining the New York Jets' roster:
No changes from last week or the week before that or ... well, you get the idea. The only question here is when Smith gets the official starting nod. Rookie Tajh Boyd missed an opportunity, struggling mightily against the Cincinnati Bengals.
RUNNING BACKS (5)
Richardson is squarely on the bubble. With Ivory (ribs) banged up, it makes sense to keep Richardson as insurance. But is that insurance more valuable than another defensive lineman or linebacker? Decisions, decisions.
WIDE RECEIVERS (6)
Saunders was hospitalized for an undisclosed reason after a one-car accident late last week, according to the team. I'm starting to get the sense he has a medical-related issue that could impact his immediate playing status. For now, we'll keep him on the roster. Clyde Gates and Greg Salas have turned it up, putting pressure on the fifth and sixth guys. Gates and Ford are similar players -- speed guys with kickoff returning ability -- so it'll be one or the other.
TIGHT ENDS (3)
With Cumberland (tight Achilles' tendon) sitting out, Amaro saw significant action against the Bengals and made some strides. Believe it or not, he leads the team with 42 receiving yards. Eat your heart out, Mike Ditka.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)
Even though Aboushi started for Winters against the Bengals, the top five appear set. Aboushi's versatility is a plus; he can play both tackle and both guard spots. The Caleb Schlauderaff era could be winding down.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (5)
Defensive line and tight end are the only position groups that have remained status quo throughout our weekly projections.
Stop the presses, we have a change: We're dropping fifth-round pick Jeremiah George, replacing him with Enemkpali. If the world according to John Idzik truly is a meritocracy, how can they ignore Enemkpali, who has a team-high two sacks and a blocked punt? Granted, he's playing against backups, but so is George -- and he isn't producing as much as Enemkpali, a sixth-round pick.
Welcome to the most beleaguered position group on the team. Ras-I Dowling aggravated a groin injury against the Bengals, continuing the trend from his days with the New England Patriots: He's always hurt. So we dropped Dowling in favor of Patrick, whose playing time has increased. Lankster has been been a nice surprise.
Yeah, we still consider Allen a safety even though he started at corner. Things could change, of course. Pryor left his calling card in Cincinnati, that's for sure.
Quigley responded to some pressure from Jacob Schum with a nice game, averaging 51.0 (gross) and 47.3 (net).