New York Jets plan 53-man roster

-2 Zach Wilson, 19 Joe Flacco

Just like the rest of the NFL, the Jets only need two quarterbacks on their roster for the regular season. While Wilson is the obvious starter, Flacco’s veteran experience as a long-term franchise quarterback makes him the likely replacement. Further proof is the fact that Flacco’s $2.85 million one-year contract is fully guaranteed.

Notable releases: 5 Mike White

White is much more likely to be traded than released. He’s a viable NFL replacement, and the Jets were fortunate to have limited free agent rights in his contract. It’s a great opportunity to get some draft capital for a player they don’t need.

Running back (4)

-20 Breece Hall, 32 Michael Carter, 23 Tevin Coleman, 25 Ty Johnson

Hall and Carter really don’t need any further explanation, but neither Coleman nor Johnson are locks. Coleman is likely number three, as he brings veteran presence and carries $650,000 in guarantees. Realistically, neither of those two factors is really enough to overcome being clearly outplayed in training camp, but it does give him a small head start. Ty Johnson has shown some production on the program, but he’ll have to prove himself to earn that fourth running back spot.

Notable releases: 22 La’Mical Perine, 36 Zonovan Knight

Perine is a disappointment in the 2020 draft class and a fish out of water in Mike LaFleur’s wide zone attack. He has never had exceptional speed and is more of a runner between tackles. Zonovan “Bam” Knight was recently signed as an undrafted free agent out of NC State, and has a real shot at earning fourth place RB over Johnson.

Sides (1)

-48 Nick Bawden

Bawden is the only pure back on the roster and fills the role more effectively than tight end/fullback hybrid Trevon Wesco.

Notable Releases: 85 Trevon Wesco

Wesco has always been tighter with fullback features, but never particularly good either. With the depth the Jets now have at tight end, it makes more sense to keep Bawden who is more specialized.

Wide Receivers (6)

-8 Elijah Moore, 84 Corey Davis, 17 Garrett Wilson, 10 Braxton Berrios, 11 Denzel Mims, 16 Jeff Smith

The Jets have made a concerted effort to get talented receivers over the past two offseasons. Between high draft picks and notable contracts, the top four receivers are set in stone. Beyond that though, the potential fifth and sixth spots on the list are a question. As things stand, recent praise from the coaching staff for Mims suggests he may be in good standing and, given his overall talent, it would be hard to cut him outright. The real question is whether the Jets receive a quality trade offer for the former second-round pick. Smith has a great shot to make the roster as fifth wide (or sixth if Mims stays). Smith offers gimmicky versatility as a replacement for Berrios, and is also a quality special teams shooter.

Notable releases: 9 Calvin Jackson

Jackson is really the only standout player, and it’s really just because as an undrafted rookie whose potential is unclear. The Jets’ top receivers are no mystery, and the only real question is whether they’re keeping five or six.

Tight ends (3)

-87 CJ Uzomah, 83 Tyler Conklin, 89 Jeremy Ruckert

The Jets have revamped their tight squad this offseason, and the top three are clear. Uzomah is the starting “Y” tight end, Conklin is the starting “F” tight end, and Ruckert is the backup and development “Y”. What remains up in the air is whether they keep three or four tight ends. If Denzel Mims is traded, the Jets will more than likely retain five receivers and add one more tight end to the group.

Notable releases: 88 Kenny Yeboah, 81 Lawrence Cager

It’s an interesting positional battle if the Jets keep four tight ends. Yeboah was an undrafted Ole Miss signing in 2021, and brings great athleticism and a sturdier frame at 6’3″, 250 pounds. Cager, on the other hand, was an undrafted wide receiver signed out of Georgia in 2020. Cager made the transition to tight end, and while he certainly has the height at 6’5″, he remains on the side. lightweight at 220 lbs. While Cager has been flashing throughout recent OTAs, it will be a major blow for him if he can show his effectiveness as a run blocker. If the Jets hold four tight ends, then Yeboah looks like the likeliest winner.

Offensive tackles (4)

-76 George Fant, 77 Mekhi Becton, 69 Conor McDermott, 61 Max Mitchell

The attacking tackle position has been a major point of contention over the past few months. After a very promising rookie campaign, Becton missed all but three-quarters games last season. Questions regarding his weight and conditioning have been commonplace since the OTA in 2021. According to the staff, he is about to be fully cleared for training camp, so conditioning is the last question. Fant also suffered a season-ending injury, but he too is set to return. Mitchell was recently drafted in the fourth round as a development tackle, meaning his spot is secure. McDermott has limited upside, but the Jets like his ability to go left-right on the fly.

Notable releases: 70 Chuma Edoga

Edoga never lived up to expectations after being selected in the third round by former general manager Mike Maccagnan. Edoga has the natural traits to be an NFL starting tackle, but just hasn’t developed his potential.

Inside Offensive Linemen (5)

-78 Laken Tomlinson, 75 Alijah Vera-Tucker, 60 Connor McGovern, 71 Nate Herbig, 67 Dan Feeney

The inside line is one of the easiest position groups to throw. Tomlinson and Vera-Tucker at guard and McGovern at center are the starters. Both Feeney and Herbig are versatile linemen who have experience in all three inside positions. Quality entries? Check. Versatile backups? Check.

Notable Versions: None

Defensive Wings (5)

-58 Carl Lawson, 91 John Franklin-Myers, 52 Jermaine Johnson II, 54 Jacob Martin, 72 Michael Clemons

If fans really want to debate whether to classify Franklin-Myers as a defensive end or a defensive tackle, go ahead. The reality is that he can and will be both this season. The other reality is that the Jets have a boatload of talent in their top rushing crew, and there will be some good players kicked off the roster. Frankly, the Jets didn’t draft Clemons top of the fourth round just to cut him, so good luck stealing his spot on the roster.

Notable Releases: 99 Vinny Curry, 47 Bryce Huff, 51 Tim Ward, 52 Jabari Zunia

Curry is a longtime NFL veteran, and it will be hard for him to beat the youth movement. Huff is a younger player with two seasons of experience, but his shortcomings as a running defender are likely what cost him his spot on the roster. Ward is a three-year-old vet who saw notable shots due to injury last year, but the depth of quality makes him an easy outing for this list. Zuniga is notable simply for being a former third-round pick, but honestly he’s shown very little since being drafted.

Defensive tackles (4)

-95 Quinnen Williams, 98 Sheldon Rankins, 94 Solomon Thomas, 96 Jonathan Marshall

Another talented post group, the defensive tackle corps is mostly made up of former first-round picks. Williams is the only player among them with a high quality running defense, but the fast passing ability is present at all levels. Marshall hasn’t shown much yet, but his exceptional physical tools give him a better chance of capturing the last spot.

Notable Releases: 97 Nathan Shepherd

Shepherd is a frustrating player who will tease with a big play and then immediately incur a penalty. He might make the list on Marshall, but he’s more likely the odd man out.

Linebackers (5)

-57 CJ Mosley, 56 Quincy Williams, 44 Jamien Sherwood, 45 Hamsah Nasirildeen, 36 Marcell Harris

The 2022 New York Jets linebackers have undeniable potential, but remain largely unproven. Mosley and his four All-Pro selections aside, Jets fans would make any fan nervous. Williams has had his share of great games and abysmal games in 2021. It’s clear the organization is high on him, as they haven’t even added any competition to him. Sherwood and Nasirildeen are both converted safeties through injuries, so their futures are uncertain. Harris is probably the fifth-best linebacker, but chances are a proven player like Kwon Alexander will be signed to get Harris out of the position.

Notable Versions: None

Cornerback (5)

-1 Sauce Gardner, 4 DJ Reed, 37 Bryce Hall, 26 Brandin Echols, 34 Justin Hardee

While 2021 starters Hall and Echols have both been bumped into backup roles, they’re locked in to make the roster. Neither Gardner nor Reed warrant further clarification. Hardee grabs the last spot due to his roles as an excellent shooter and special teams captain.

Notable Releases: 27 Isaiah Dunn

Dunn was an undrafted priority free agent last year, earning more than most in signing bonuses. Ultimately, the quality of the depth chart will likely push this young corner of development out of the squad.

Nickelbacks (2)

-30 Michael Carter II, 40 Javelin Guidry

Carter is the starting nickel corner, while Guidry is the backup nickel corner and starting dime corner. It’s a pretty dry, dry situation for these two.

Notable Versions: None

Safeties (4)

-6 Jordan Whitehead, 29 Lamarcus Joyner, 21 Ashtyn Davis, 41 Jason Pinnock

The Jets’ safety rotation includes Whitehead and Joyner as starters, with Davis as the primary backup. In the big nickel packages, it’s likely to be Davis playing the deep part of Joyner, while Joyner slips into the slot. Pinnock is a unique player with a unique role. He converted from cornerback as a rookie last year, and because he’s big and tall with men’s coverage skills, he gets to cover tight ends as a third safety in special ten-packs. under. Although this is a relatively unknown (and rarely used) role, it is nonetheless a very important role.

Notable releases: 33 Elijah Riley

While Riley performed admirably in the starter role after multiple injuries in 2021, he’s more likely a practice squad-level player for the 2022 version of the Jets.

Kicker (1)

-15 Eddy Pineiro

Piñeiro kicked well for the Jets in 2021, and his accuracy will likely trump his average punching power.

Notable Releases: 14 Greg Zuerlein

Zuerlein has a much more powerful leg than Piñeiro, but he has struggled in recent years. A good showing in training camp is all he needs to earn the starting job.

Gambler (1)

-7 Braden Mann

Mann is the only bettor currently on the list.

Long snapper (1)

-42 Thomas Hennessy

The oldest New York Jet is going nowhere.

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