Thursday, August 29, 2013
Jets roster projection: The (almost) final 53
By Rich Cimini
Here you go, our last stab at the Jets' 53-man roster:
In: Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, Matt Simms
On the bubble: Greg McElroy, Graham Harrell
Analysis: Two players have to go. Simms, who starts Thursday night, has a chance to grab McElroy's No. 3 spot. Harrell, a late arrival, could be one and done.
In: Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory, Tommy Bohanon, Kahlil Bell
On the bubble: Mossis Madu
Analysis: Mike Goodson won't count on the 53-man roster during his four-game suspension. Who is the third-down back until Goodson returns? Powell did it last season, but he's had a couple of drops and pass-protection issues. Keep an eye on former Jets RB/KR Leon Washington; he's on the bubble in New England.
In: Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Clyde Gates, Ryan Spadola, Ben Obomanu
On the bubble: Mohamed Massaquoi, Zach Rogers, Michael Campbell
Analysis: There should be an investigation if Spadola doesn't make the team. If they try to sneak him through waivers, it won't work. I already know of one team that would claim him. Because of Holmes' uncertainty, they have to keep six.
In: Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Winslow, Konrad Reuland
On the bubble: Chris Pantale
Analysis: Surprisingly, Winslow has the highest blocking grade in the preseason on the offense, according to ProFootballFocus.com. For a position with major question marks, it seems fairly cut and dried in terms of the 53-man roster.
In: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Vladimir Ducasse, Nick Mangold, Willie Colon, Austin Howard, Brian Winters, Jason Smith, Oday Aboushi, Caleb Schlauderaff
On the bubble: Will Campbell, Erik Cook, J.B. Shugarts
Analysis: Smith, Aboushi and Schlauderaff aren't locks, but they'll probably stick. Aboushi has been spotty at best, but it's hard to imagine GM John Idzik cutting a fifth-round pick.
In: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Damon Harrison, Kenrick Ellis, Antonio Garay, Leger Douzable
On the bubble: Tevita Finau, Lanier Coleman, Junior Aumavae.
Analysis: Douzable is quietly having a strong preseason. He has the highest grade of any player on defense, per PFF. Ellis may have been Wally Pipp-ed by Harrison for the starting job at nose tackle.
In: David Harris, Demario Davis, Calvin Pace, Garrett McIntyre, Quinton Coples, Antwan Barnes, Ricky Sapp, Nick Bellore, Danny Lansanah
On the bubble: Josh Mauga, Jacquies Smith, JoJo Dickson, Troy Davis.
Analysis: They could take a 10th linebacker because Coples (ankle) is expected to miss at least two games, probably more. Mauga (back) is a tough call because of his injury. Smith has impressed.
In: Antonio Cromartie, Dee Milliner, Kyle Wilson, Dawan Landry, Antonio Allen, Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Josh Bush, Isaiah Trufant
On the bubble: Rontez Miles, Mike Edwards, Royce Adams
Analysis: Miles got off to a slow start because of an injury, but he's making a late push. He has high special-teams value. There could be some surprises here. After the top six, there are no guarantees.
In: Robert Malone (P), Nick Folk (PK), Tanner Purdum (LS)
On the bubble: Dan Carpenter (PK)
Analysis: Folk-Carpenter is a toss-up. The Jets have been eyeing Carpenter for a couple of weeks, but I'll give the edge to Folk because he's the incumbent.