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Sunday, August 26, 2012
Roster analysis: Who's on the bubble?

By Rich Cimini




Breaking down the roster, and some tough decisions, as we head into the third preseason game, Sunday night against the Panthers:

QUARTERBACK

Locks: Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy

Bubble: N/A

Outside looking in: Matt Simms

Comment: Simms has flashed some arm talent, but they won't keep four.

RUNNING BACK

Locks: Shonn Greene, Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight

Bubble: John Conner, Terrance Ganaway

Outside looking in: Jeremy Stewart

Comment: Conner probably makes it, but the diminished value of the fullback puts his roster spot up for discussion. Josh Baker also can play fullback; LB Nick Bellore also is seeing time there.

WIDE RECEIVER

Locks: Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Patrick Turner

Bubble: Chaz Schilens, Jordan White

Outside looking in: Eron Riley, Royce Pollard, Wes Kemp, Stanley Arukwe, Joseph Collins

Comment: Schilens probably will make the 53 (unless they import a veteran), but his injury situation has created questions.

TIGHT END

Locks: Dustin Keller, Jeff Cumberland, Josh Baker

Bubble: Dedrick Epps

Outside looking in: Hayden Smith, Tarren Lloyd

Comment: Cumberland (concussion) will make it, but his opening-day status bears watching.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Locks: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Matt Slauson, Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore, Austin Howard, Wayne Hunter, Vladimir Ducasse.

Bubble: Caleb Schlauderaff, Robert Griffin, Matt Kroul.

Outside looking in: Paul Cornick, Dennis Landolt, Fred Koloto

Comment: Schlauderaff would've helped his value by making the transition to center, but that hasn't worked out.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Locks: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sione Pouha, Mike DeVito, Quinton Coples, Kenrick Ellis, Marcus Dixon

Bubble: Jay Richardson, Martin Tevaseu

Outside looking in: Damon Harrison

Comment: Looks fairly cut and dried here. Richardson has made some plays, so he deserves consideration.

LINEBACKER

Locks: David Harris, Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, Bryan Thomas, Aaron Maybin, Josh Mauga, Demario Davis

Bubble: Garrett McIntyre, Nick Bellore, Ricky Sapp

Outside looking in: Brett Roy, Marcus Dowtin, Damario Ambrose

Comment: McIntyre and Bellore are looking good, but can they afford to carry nine linebackers?

SECONDARY

Locks: Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Yeremiah Bell, LaRon Landry, Kyle Wilson, Eric Smith, Josh Bush

Bubble: Ellis Lankster, Antonio Allen, Julian Posey, Isaiah Trufant, D'Anton Lynn

Outside looking in: Ryan Steed, Donnie Fletcher

Comment: Tough decisions here. There's a lot of competition for the eighth, ninth and 10th spots, if they keep 10.

SPECIALISTS

Locks: LS Tanner Purdum

Bubble: PK Nick Folk, PK Josh Brown, P T.J. Conley

Outside looking in: Chances are, Folk and Conley will prevail, but it ain't over until it's over.