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Who Stays, Who Goes? Predicting Gang Green’s 53-man Roster


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Chris Herndon

It’s that time of year, Jets fans.  When dreams are made or crushed as NFL teams trim down from 80 personnel to 53 in the coming days.  For the Jets, some position groups will be tougher than others, but we’ll give it our best guess as to who stays and who goes.  And even then, we know that the bottom 3 or 4 guys on the roster could be let go soon after cut down to make room for a player let go from another club.

QB: 2

Zach Wilson, Mike White

No surprises here as the Jets keep White while also keeping an eye on the waiver wire.

Practice squad: James Morgan

RB: 4

Ty Johnson, Tevin Coleman, Michael Carter, La’Mical Perine

A deep group with plenty of speed and Perine as the thumper.  Johnson should be the day 1 starter but that remains to be seen.

FB: 1

Trevon Wesco

The Jets offense will call for a fullback and Wesco has done a respectable job as a FB who can play some TE.

WR: 7

Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole, Denzel Mims, Vyncint Smith, Braxton Berrios

The Jets keep seven receivers out of this talented and explosive group.  Davis and Moore have the potential to be one of the best duos the team has ever fielded.

Practice Squad: Lawrence Cager, Jeff Smith

TE: 3

Tyler Kroft, Chris Herndon, Ryan Griffin

Kroft beat out Herndon for the top spot and nobody else on the roster is on Herdon’s level as an overall player so he sticks.   Griffin could be edged out by Kenny Yeboah but we went with the veteran in this spot.

Practice Squad: Kenny Yeboah

OL: 9

Mekhi Becton, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten, Morgan Moses, George Fant, Jimmy Murray, Chuma Edoga, Dan Feeney.

If not for the $3 mil cap hit he would incur, we’d have Feeney being shown the door but if and when the starting five are healthy, they could be a very good group if Vera-Tucker is as good as advertised.  Both Moses and Fant may end up starting games at right tackle by season’s end.

Practice Squad: Grant Hermanns

DL: 8

Bryce Huff, Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, John Franklin-Myers, Foley Fatukasi, Ronald Blair, Hamilcar Rashed, Jonathan Marshall.

The Jets could still use an established pass rusher but those guys don’t grow on trees.  Jabari Zuniga hasn’t shown enough to hang around.

LB: 5

Hamsah Nasirildeen, CJ Mosley, Jamien Sherwood, Blake Cashman, Noah Dawkins

A young group with Nasirildeen and Sherwood making the move from college safety to day 1 staring outside linebackers while Sherwood steps in for the injured Jarrad Davis.

CB: 7

Bryce Hall, Brandin Echols, Javelin Guidry, Bless Austin, Jason Pinnock, Michael Carter II, Justin Hardee

Not much experience in this group but some promising film from Hall, Echols and Guidry between this year and last.

S: 4

Marcus Maye, Lamarcus Joyner, Ashtyn Davis, Sharrod Neasman

Davis is banged up but should be back within the first few weeks of the season while Maye and Joyner are locked in to start.

Specialists: 3

P Braden Mann, K Matt Ammendola, LS Thomas Hennessy

 

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Just now, AFJF said:

Keep jumping back and forth between Griffin and Yeboah.  Curious to see if they keep the vet or the rookie.

Cut Griffin - too many injuries since JD extended him- and go with the upside of Yeboah. DWC doesn’t make the final cut either despite his enthusiastic energy. Lol

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4 minutes ago, Jethead said:

Brown over Griffin but after yesterday Yeboah might make it over either.

Doubt the cut Shephard. I'd keep him over WR7.

Could be me reading in to it a bit much but heard Saleh say (potentially slip up) during a presser that they were "going to roll 8 deep" on the DL this season.

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51 minutes ago, AFJF said:

Could be me reading in to it a bit much but heard Saleh say (potentially slip up) during a presser that they were "going to roll 8 deep" on the DL this season.

I heard him say that too, before Lawson got hurt. He wanted two groups of 4 so always rushing with fresh legs. I actually didn't take him literally, difference between want and can afford.

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2 hours ago, Jethead said:

Brown over Griffin but after yesterday Yeboah might make it over either.

Doubt the cut Shephard. I'd keep him over WR7.

Not me. WR is way more important to this team than a 9th DL.  We finally have depth and you want to discard it. Remember Crowder is one and down. The Smiths are not locks to make it to PS.

I keep Yeboah.  With Ammendola's leg I consider trying to trade or releasing Hardee. I also see if we can trade Crowder.

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