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Monday, July 28, 2014
New York Jets' projected roster

By Rich Cimini

Examining the New York Jets' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

As expected, Smith is getting about 75 percent of the first-team reps, so there's no controversy here. We had rookie Tajh Boyd over Simms in the previous projection, but the early days of training camp have shown that Boyd isn't ready to take the job just yet. He has some redeeming qualities, but he's rough around the edges.

RUNNING BACKS (4)

It's status quo in the backfield. Johnson still isn't 100 percent, but he's getting there and looks good. This is one of the Jets' deepest areas. Daryl Richardson and Alex Green have shown flashes in camp, but they'll need to do more than that to crack this group.

WIDE RECEIVERS (7)

No changes here, either. Rex Ryan called this his deepest receiving corps since he became the coach, but deepest doesn't mean best. They're still looking for someone not named Decker to separate from the pack. Clyde Gates is challenging the top seven, sixth-round pick Quincy Enunwa (hip injury) is not.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

This group has been uninspiring so far. Amaro has good days and bad days, which can be expected of a rookie. Chris Pantale, who spent last season on the practice squad, is pushing for that third spot. Sudfeld is coming on.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Colon (knee) began camp on the physically unable to perform list, but he returned Sunday to practice. His absence allowed Aboushi to work with the starting unit, impressing the coaches. Dozier, a fourth-round pick, has caught some eyes as he attempts to play guard for the first time.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (5)

If the Jets had this much talent at a few more positions, they'd be a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

LINEBACKERS (9)

The addition of Babin, signed last week to a two-year contract, changes things because he will have a significant role as a situational pass-rusher. In this projection, we're dropping Jermaine Cunningham to make room for Babin, although Barnes (knee), still not cleared to practice, could be in jeopardy. The unheralded Troy Davis also is making a push. Tough decisions ahead.

CORNERBACKS (6)

Milliner says he's the best cornerback in football. Huh? He's not even the best in the division (see: Darrelle Revis). All the Jets want is the Milliner from last December and they'll be happy. Patterson might not be Revis or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but he's off to a sneaky good start.

SAFETIES (4)

They've been using a three-man rotation with Landry, Pryor (concussion) and Allen. The Jets like Allen's upside and want to give him as many quality reps as possible. Keep an eye on former practice-squadder Rontez Miles; he's fearless and hits like a truck. If he excels on special teams, he could push Jarrett for the fourth spot.

SPECIALISTS (3)

All set here.