Jets 2022 53-man roster predictions

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The New York Jets will be forced to cut good players to reduce the final roster of 53 players for Tuesday.

I am by no means a general manager of the NFL, and some of these decisions were very difficult to make. But here’s a prediction of what the Jets’ roster will look like in Week 1.

Quarterback: Zach Wilson, Joe Flacco, Chris Streveler

The only surprise here should be Streveler who lasts on Mike White. While the Bengal Slayer race will live forever in the Canton Hall of Fame, Streveler came on as White’s replacement in all of his preseason appearances, picking up three comeback wins. Douglas will find some value in trading a backup with a quarterback team in need. Blank for a 5th round, anyone?

Running Back: Breece Hall, Michael Carter, Tevin Coleman, Bam Knight

It’s time to move on from Lamical Perine and Ty Johnson. Thank them for their service and dedicate the limited leeway to young talents who will contribute to far greater efforts than other veterans. While Bam Knight may not fully deserve a 53-man spot, Joe Douglas can’t risk being kicked off the practice squad.

Tight end: Tyler Conklin, CJ Uzomah, Jeremey Ruckert, Lawrence Cager

Tyler Conklin’s arrival at the New York Jets had far more impact than anyone could have imagined. This tight room has been completely improved from what the team had last year. Two legitimate starters and two future impact players. Kenny Yeboah will spend another season on the practice squad. Lawrence Cager eventually makes the 53, for a similar reason to Bam Knight. If Cager doesn’t make the 53, he won’t be a Jet long.

Wide receiver: Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, Garret Wilson, Braxton Berrios, Denzel Mims

I was never sure about Mims and his future in the organization. But Robert Saleh and Joe Douglas seem pretty adamant about him making the list. They fielded trade calls for him, but Saleh said he was one of the top 53 players they had. I don’t see the team keeping six wide receivers, so Jeff Smith is the odd one out. Hopefully Calvin Jackson, the JUCO product that dominated the second half of pre-season games, can stay on the practice squad.

Offensive Line: George Fant, Duane Brown, AVT, Laken Tomlinson, Connor McGovern, Max Mitchell, Dan Feeney, Nate Herbig, Ross Pierchbacher

It’s a much better offensive line than last year, even with Mekhi Becton forced to miss another season after a broken kneecap. Duane Brown and Laken Tomlinson are two major Pro Bowl veterans to solidify the offensive line. The likes of Nate Herbig and Ross Pierchbacher were highly regarded free agents to start on other NFL teams. Instead, they’ll support the Jets’ offensive line, which often struggles with injuries throughout the season. Good depth to have.

Defensive line: Quinnen Williams, Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Meyers, Solomon Thomas, Michael Clemons, Bryce Huff, Jacob Martin, Jermaine Johnson, Tanzel Smart

There are better talents younger than Vinny Curry or Sheldon Rankins. After losing Carl Lawson to a torn ACL last season, the Jets’ pass rush has almost entirely disappeared. This year, Joe Douglas made sure that wouldn’t happen. Michael Clemons looks like absurd draft value, Bryce Huff and Jacob Martin are proving to be good replacements to give rookies a break, and Tanzel Smart has been a possessed man all preseason.

Linebacker: CJ Mosley, Kwon Alexander, Quincy Williams, Jamien Sherwood, Hamsah Nasirildeen, DQ Thomas

It’s certainly the weakest position group for the New York Jets, but the addition of Kwon Alexander alongside CJ Mosley and the speedy Williams should be enough to clean up what the monstrous defensive line is obliterating.

Security: Jordan Whitehead, Lamarcus Joyner, Jason Pinnock, Ashtyn Davis, Will Parks

Tony Adams will be part of the practice squad. Jordan Whitehead and Lamarcus Joyner will start for the team after letting Marcus Maye walk. Jason Pinnock has developed well as a safety after transitioning from cornerback. Both Pinnock and Davis will have to contribute at some point, although given his track record, the latter will be on a leash. The Jets will have to spend 2023 finding a safe long-term solution. Joyner is 31, after all.

Cornerback: Sauce Garnder, DJ Reed, Bryce Hall, Brandon Echols, Michael Carter II

Justin Hardee, despite his captaincy, has only been a good player on special teams. His leadership will always be appreciated, but when the young players can do more, he will always be the substitute. The preseason showed us one thing: Hardee can’t play the cornerback position. Let a very deep cornerback room manage the mannerisms of other special teams. Isaiah Dunn at practice squad.

Specialists: Braden Mann, Greg Zeurlein, Thomas Hennessey

The simplest decisions. There are no other bettors, kickers or longsnappers on the list. Greg “The Leg” defeated incumbent Eddie Pinero. He wins the job.

Jets ready to take off?

I’m pretty confident in the starter. But when it comes to who the 52nd and 53rd men on the list are, only Joe Douglas and his team know the reasoning behind it. Even with a very tough upcoming schedule, this list should be fun to watch. There are rarely holes on the list now. Guys have to play at a professional level.

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