New York Jets' updated 53-man roster projection
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Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The mandatory cutdown to 75 players is coming up quickly — Tuesday, to be exact. Some tough decisions for the New York Jets. Our fearless forecast:
Analysis: Well, this is awkward — four quarterbacks! It’s unavoidable because they need an emergency guy with experience (Flynn) until Smith is healthy. Obviously, this will have an impact on other positions.
Analysis: No changes here from my last projection. Richardson is a tough cut because he’s had a decent camp, but it’s a numbers game.
Wide receiver (6) — Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, Jeremy Kerley, Devin Smith, Walter Powell. (Cut: Shaquelle Evans, TJ Graham, Chris Owusu, DeVier Posey, Saalim Hakim, Jonathon Rumph, Austin Hill.
Analysis: I added Powell, based on a kickoff-return ability, and dropped Graham, who has faded after a hot start. Smith (ribs) won’t be ready by Week 1, but they’re not about to cut a second-round pick.
Analysis: Amaro (shoulder) might not be ready for Week 1, so they may have only two active for the opener. Have a feeling there will be quite a few upcoming transactions at this position.
Offensive line (9) — D’Brickashaw Ferguson, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Willie Colon, Breno Giacomini, Ben Ijalana, Brian Winters, Wesley Johnson, Jarvis Harrison. (Cut: Oday Aboushi, Dakota Dozier, Brent Qvale, Charles Brown, James Brewer, Dalton Freeman)
Analysis: One change from the previous projection: I replaced Freeman with Johnson, who has been taking second-team reps at center. The biggest variable is Ijalana, who has a sprained knee. If he’s not ready by opening day, they’ll need a backup swing tackle.
Defensive line (5) — Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison, Leonard Williams, Leger Douzable, T.J. Barnes. (Suspended: Sheldon Richardson. Cut: Kevin Vickerson, Stephen Bowen, Deon Simon, Ronald Talley, Jordan Williams)
Analysis: Carrying only five until Richardson returns from his four-game suspension. Bowens versus Barnes is a toss-up. I went with Barnes because they need a wide body to spell Harrison. I dropped Talley, who feels the pinch of having four quarterbacks.
Linebacker (9) — Quinton Coples, Calvin Pace, David Harris, Demario Davis, Jamari Lattimore, Jason Babin, Lorenzo Mauldin, Joe Mays, Trevor Reilly. (Cut: Erin Henderson, Taiwan Jones, Deion Barnes, Bryan Johnson).
Analysis: Injuries to Mauldin (knee) and Pace (groin) muddy the picture. Their pain is a gain for Babin and Reilly. I replaced Henderson (knee) with Mays, who is carving a niche on special teams.
Secondary (10) — Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Marcus Gilchrist, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Darrin Walls, Marcus Williams, Dex McDougle, Dee Milliner. (Cut: Rontez Miles, Javier Arenas, Durell Eskridge, Curtis Brown, Keith Lewis, Keon Lyn, Dashaun Phillips)
Analysis: I know, I know, I have seven corners and only three safeties. I think Miles deserves to make the team, but Milliner (wrist) is taking up a spot.
Analysis: I feel confident with this position.