Tuesday, September 1, 2009

55 Man Roster Prediction

Yes, I said 55. Rosters are typically 53 men, but due to suspensions to DE Shaun Ellis and OLB Calvin Pace, the Jets will keep two more players on their opening day roster.

3 QB: Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens, Erik Ainge
5 RB: Thomas Jones, Leon Washington, Shonn Greene, Tony Richardson, Jehuu Caulcrick
6 WR: Jerricho Cotchery, Chansi Stuckey, David Clowney, Brad Smith, Wallace Wright, Aundrae Allison
4 TE: Dustin Keller, Jack Simmons, Kareem Brown, James Dearth
8 OL: D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Alan Faneca, Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore, Damien Woody, Wayne Hunter, Robert Turner, Matt Slauson
8 DL: Shaun Ellis, Marques Douglas, Kris Jenkins, Mike DeVito, Howard Green, Sione Pouha, Ropati Pitoitua, Zach Potter
9 LB: Calvin Pace, Vernon Gholston, David Harris, Bart Scott, Bryan Thomas, Jason Trusnik, Jamaal Westerman, Marques Murrell, Kenwin Cummings
10 DB: Darrelle Revis, Lito Sheppard, Dwight Lowery, Donald Strickland, Kerry Rhodes, Jim Leonhard, Eric Smith, Marquise Cole, James Ihebdigo, Ahmad Carroll
1 K: Jay Feely
1 P: Glenn Pakulak

Analysis coming soon. Italicized players are Calvin Pace and Shaun Ellis (suspended) and Zach Potter and Kenwin Cummings (will be waived/placed on practice squad when Pace and Ellis return)

Interesting roster battles
RB/WR: Danny Woodhead vs Jehuu Caulcrick vs Brock Christopher vs Anthony Kimble vs Aundrae Allison vs Marcus Henry vs Britt Davis
Projection: Caulcrick and Allison.
Analysis: Caulcrick makes the roster as insurance for the 37-year old Tony Richardson. Woodhead just isn't quite impressive enough to earn his way onto the roster, and the numbers game doesn't help. Allison makes it over Henry and Davis because of his speed and athleticism.

TE: Jack Simmons vs Kevin Brock vs Kareem Brown
Projection: Simmons and Brown
Analysis: Simmons has been turning heads all camp. He hasn't caught the ball as well during games, but he appears to be a step ahead of his two competitors. Brock has a chance, but the Jets will likely opt for the bigger project Brown in his first season transitioning from DE.

OL: Stanley Daniels vs Matt Slauson
Projection: Slauson
Analysis: Slauson played for OL coach Bill Callahan in college and has played well during games. This is a coinflip, but the edge goes to the rookie in large part due to his draft position.

DE: Ropati Pitoitua vs Zach Potter vs Matt Kroul vs Ty Steinkuhler
Projection: Pitoitua and Potter
Analysis: 2 of these guys are likely to make the final roster, at least initially, given Shaun Ellis's one game suspension. Mike Devito hurt his hamstring against the Giants, so Pitoitua or Potter could see extensive playing time week one. The question will be which one stays on the roster long-term. I say Pitoitua due to his size, but Potter should make the practice squad.

LB: Jason Trusnik vs Kenwin Cummings vs Jamaal Westerman vs Marques Murrell vs Larry Izzo vs Brandon Renkart
Projection: Trusnik, Cummings, Westerman, and Murrell
Analysis: Due to Calvin Pace's four game suspension, an extra linebacker will almost surely be on the final roster. Westerman appears to be a lock judging by Ryan's comments, and Murrell can rush the passer too well. Trusnik and Cummings have a slight leg up on Izzo and Renkart in my opinion, but one of them, I predict Cummings, will be back on the practice squad after a few games.

DB: Drew Coleman vs Ahmad Carroll vs Marquise Cole vs James Ihebdigo vs Rashad Barksdale
Projection: Carroll, Cole, and Ihebdigo
Analysis: Cole makes the team as an impressive UDFA, though I could easily see him cut in favor of Drew Coleman. Carroll makes the team due to his superior athleticism and special teams play. Ihebdigo is the final safety on the roster because he may just be the hardest hitter on the Jets. Coleman, the whipping boy of so many Jets fans for a few years now, may be gone.

P: Reggie Hodges vs Glenn Pakulak et al
Projection: Anybody but Hodges
Analysis: The Jets have tried to replace Hodges for almost a year now. Eric Wilbur, T.J. Conley, and Ken Parrish all tried but failed to displace him. Now it's Pakulak's turn. I don't know if Pakulak wins the job, but if Hodges is still the Jets' punter by week 8, it will be a miracle.