New York Jets 53-man roster projection after preseason

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With the preseason officially behind us, it’s finally time to start looking ahead to the regular-season opener on September 11 against the Baltimore Ravens. First, the Jets have to cut their roster down to 53 players.

Here’s a guess at what 53 players will make it, at least initially on Tuesday.

Quarterback - 3

  • Zach Wilson

  • Joe Flacco

  • Mike White

Mike White secured his spot with a strong performance against the Giants, as Chris Streveler didn’t appear until the fourth quarter.

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Running Back - 4

  • Michael Carter

  • Breece Hall

  • Tevin Coleman

  • Nick Bowden (FB)

This was a very tough call. Ty Johnson could stick as RB4, but keeping players at other positions led to Johnson getting cut and the Jets sticking with Carter, Hall and Coleman leading the charge with Bowden at fullback.

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Wide Receiver - 6

  • Corey Davis

  • Elijah Moore

  • Braxton Berrios

  • Garrett Wilson

  • Jeff Smith

  • Denzel Mims

We’ll see if Robert Saleh’s comments Sunday were true that Denzel Mims is one of their best six receivers. We’ll go with six here, keeping Mims and Jeff Smith for his special teams value. Tough call letting Calvin Jackson go.

 

Tight End - 3

  • C.J. Uzomah

  • Tyler Conklin

  • Jeremy Ruckert

Another very interesting position to track. Could the Jets keep four tight ends? Would the Jets cut Ruckert so quickly after taking him in the third round? Here’s thinking they keep Ruckert and make the tough call to let Lawrence Cager go, but try to stash him on the practice squad.

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Offensive Line - 10

  • Duane Brown

  • Laken Tomlinson

  • Connor McGovern

  • Alijah Vera-Tucker

  • George Fant

  • Chuma Edoga

  • Nate Herbig

  • Ross Pierschbacher

  • Dan Feeney

  • Max Mitchell

Pretty straightforward here. The latter five will be the backups. The Jets could also work something out with Conor McDermott, who was injured during the scrimmage earlier this month.

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Defensive Line - 10

  • John Franklin-Myers

  • Carl Lawson

  • Solomon Thomas

  • Quinnen Williams

  • Jacob Martin

  • Sheldon Rankins

  • Jermaine Johnson

  • Michael Clemons

  • Jonathan Marshall

  • Bradlee Anae

The Jets will hope to get as much edge rush as they can. Six edge rushers and four defensive tackles, though the Jets will sometimes kick Franklin-Meyers inside. Anae was one of the last additions to the 53. Marshall gets the nod at DT4 over Nathan Shepherd. Another very tough position group decision for the Jets.

Linebacker - 5

  • Quincy Williams

  • C.J. Mosley

  • Marcell Harris

  • Jamien Sherwood

  • Kwon Alexander

With Michael Carter II at nickel, the Jets can probably get away with just five linebackers. Alexander should be a starter at some point and Sherwood is an excellent backup in the middle.

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Cornerback - 5

  • D.J. Reed

  • Sauce Gardner

  • Michael Carter II

  • Bryce Hall

  • Brandin Eichols

Gardner is officially the starter opposite Reed, leaving Hall and Eichols as the backups with Carter at nickel. Could the Jets keep Rachad Wildgoose?

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Safety - 4

  • Jordan Whitehead

  • Lamarcus Joyner

  • Jason Pinnock

  • Will Parks

Parks looks to have beaten out Ashtyn Davis for the fourth safety spot. Unfortunate for Davis, who just never seemed to get things rolling after being a third-round pick in 2020. Watch out for Tony Adams, as well. He should at least make the practice squad.

Specialists - 3

  • K Greg Zuerlein

  • P Braden Mann

  • LS Thomas Hennessey

Mann and Hennessey had their spots the entire time, while Zuerlein beat out Eddy Pineiro for the kicking role.

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Story originally appeared on Jets Wire