As of today, the Jets have 90 players on their active roster. Out of those 90, only 53 will remain by week one of the 2018 NFL Season. That means 37 players will be cut between today and September 1st. Who will make the cut? Who will be sent home? Time will tell, but for now, we can predict who will be on the Jets come monday night in Detroit. Here is my prediction for the final 53-man roster.
QB: Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Darnold, Josh McCown
All three quarterbacks currently on the roster stay around for the season, with a huge battle for the starting position. Young Sam Darnold will be mentored by Josh McCown while Teddy Bridgewater will be looking to prove he still belongs on the field despite his knee.
RB: Trenton Cannon, Isaiah Crowell, Elijah McGuire, Bilal Powell
Four backs make the cut for the final roster, leaving out recently signed Thomas Rawls. Crowell and Powell will lead the charge while McGuire and Cannon learn the game. Cannon will also be fighting for a spot as a returner.
FB: Dimitri Flowers
Dimitri Flowers was possibly the Jets best UDFA signing, and he is the only fullback to make the cut. He immediately takes on a starting role. Lawrence Thomas falls short of Flowers and doesn’t make the roster after converting to fullback in 2017.
WR: Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, Chad Hansen, Jermaine Kearse, Terrelle Pryor, ArDarius Stewart
The Jets receiver room is currently packed, and only few will be kept around. The Jets hold onto 2017 draft picks ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen, while releasing 2015 and 2016 draft picks Devin Smith and Charone Peake. Robby Anderson sticks around despite trouble with the law during the offseason.
TE: Chris Herndon, Jordan Leggett, Neal Sterling, Eric Tomlinson
Four tight ends make the cut, all looking to fill the shoes of Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The starting role will be up for grabs throughout the entire offseason, likely between Herndon and Leggett. Tomlinson sticks around for his superb blocking abilities, and Neal Sterling provides solid depth.
OT: Kelvin Beachum, Ben Ijalana, Brandon Shell
The Jets only hold onto one backup tackle due to the lack of space on the roster. Ijalana, who was resigned over the offseason, will provide depth for Beachum and Shell.
OG: James Carpenter, Brian Winters, Dakoda Shepley
Another case of limited depth due to lack of space. UDFA Dakoda Shepley makes the cut as the backup and possibly the apprentice of aging James Carpenter. Brian Winters will return as a leader of a young offense, looking to come back strong after tearing his abdominal.
C: Jonotthan Harrison, Spencer Long
Only two centers make the cut, leaving out newly signed Travis Swanson. The Jets hope Long will fill the void after long-time center Nick Mangold was released in 2017. The Jets keep around Harrison primarily due to his versatility.
DE: Henry Anderson, Xavier Cooper, Leonard Williams
This list may seem small, but the team may convert Nathan Shepherd to a 3-4 defensive end. For now, Leonard Williams continues to be one of the teams stars. Anderson and Cooper will rotate in and out of the field, dependent on formations and situations.
DT: Folorunso Fatukasi, Steve McClendon, Mike Pennel, Nathan Shepherd
As I said, Shepherd may convert to a defensive end, but for now he is considered a defensive tackle. McClendon will likely man the middle as he has been for the past couple of years. He is heavily slept on and one of the best run stoppers in the league.
OLB: David Bass, Dylan Donahue, Jordan Jenkins, Josh Martin, Lorenzo Mauldin
The Jets have a very vast group of edge rushers. Jordan Jenkins will likely play one side. The other starting spot is completely up for grabs. Nobody has a true lead so far in the competition. This group will likely fight it out through the preseason.
MLB: Darron Lee, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Avery Williamson
Darron Lee has risen as a leader on the defensive side. He will be calling plays in place of Demario Davis. Williamson has star talent and will line up alongside Lee in the middle of the field. Pierre-Louis provides good depth and solid special teams play.
CB: Morris Claiborne, Trumaine Johnson, Parry Nickerson, Daryl Roberts, Buster Skrine, Jeremy Clark
This was one of the toughest spots to fill. Derrick Jones a 2017 draft pick, didn’t make the team. The Jets have a filled cornerback room with only a few spots to spare. Trumaine Johnson and Morris Claiborne will play the outside while Skrine plays the slot, and Parry Nickerson learns to play the slot.
S: Jamal Adams, Terrence Brooks, Marcus Maye, Rontez Miles
The sophomores, Maye and Adams, are looking to take the league by storm in 2018. Terrence Brooks is a great player when the Jets move to nickel/dime packages. Miles will primarily be used on special teams, as he has been. He is the Jets best special teams player. Recently signed J.J. Wilcox doesn’t make the cut due to Miles returning before the beginning of the season.
K: Cairo Santos
P: Lachlan Edwards
Thomas Rawls: Although Rawls has shown flashes of being a solid runner, his injury bug buys his ticket out of a crowded running back room.
Derrick Jones: Jones was the Jets sixth round pick in 2017, and he already falls short of the 2018 roster due primarily to injury concerns. The Jets addressed cornerback in the offseason with the additions of Trumaine Johnson and Parry Nickerson
Devin Smith: The teams 2nd round pick in 2015 finally gets cut from the team after struggling to stay healthy. Smith has only suited up for 14 games during his three year career, and only starting three. Although he seemed to be a promising prospect, Smith never found his stride in the NFL.
Rashard Robinson: The Jets dealt a fifth round pick to the San Francisco 49ers right at the trade deadline to acquire Robinson, and it backfired. Robinson struggled when he found the field. Since the trade he was arrested as well. With truly no reason to keep him around, the Jets admit their mistake by releasing Robinson.