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:
Locks: Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy
Outside looking in: Matt Simms
Comment: Simms has flashed some arm talent, but they won't keep four.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.