New York Jets Complete Training Camp and Preseason Guide
After living through what may have been the most exciting offseason in NFL history, NFL fans can not wait a minute longer for football to start back up.
With all of the drama that surrounded the Jets this offseason, there are plenty of questions that will need to be answered in the next month.
These next few slides will contain all of the information you would ever want to know about the Jets’ training camp. This guide will break down camp battles, rookie projections, roster predictions, camp schedules and more.
So toss away that team-issued media guide that barely scratches the surface and dive into the most complete and extensive training camp coverage available.
The Biggest Question Marks
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The Jets certainly have plenty of questions to answer coming into training camp, from unfilled holes to the role of their backup quarterback, we are going to find out a lot about the Jets' plan for this season as in the next month.
1. Will Darrelle Revis Show Up?
After spending an entire summer being wishy-washy on the subject, signs are starting to point to a Revis holdout.
The Jets have been through this ordeal before; the question is, how many times can Revis successfully squeeze money out of the Jets before it begins to harm their reputation in negotiations?
Revis is also risking a lot by holding out, as three more years would be added to his contract and his $1 million workout bonus would be forfeited. It will be interesting to say the least to find out how this eventually gets resolved, because the Jets need Revis to compete this year.
2. What is the plan for Tim Tebow?
This "question" will undoubtedly be the most covered and talked-about story of Jets camp. So far, the only nugget of information we have received about Tebow's role with the Jets is that he will be a personal protector on punt teams and can get up to 20 snaps a game on offense.
Since 20 snaps may seem a bit high (almost a third of the entire offensive plays in an average game), Rex probably wanted to throw opposing defensive coordinators off with such a high number.
The preseason games will probably not reveal much either; if the Jets want to use Tebow as a gameplan-consuming device, why reveal their plan early in the preseason and give opponents extra time to prepare for it?
3. What will the Jets do with Quinton Coples?
The selection of Coples in the first round give the Jets a ton of versatility on the defensive line. The Jets are expected to use more 4-3 looks next season, as the Jets try and find ways to get all of their best defensive lineman on the field at once.
4. Is this the end of Vladimir Ducasse?
In 2010, Ducasse was picked by the Jets in the second round of the draft to be an immediate starter at left guard, and potentially be a long-term solution at right tackle once Damien Woody retired.
So far, Ducasse has done neither.
His scholarship has run out; if he lets the likes of Stehpon Heyer beat him out to be the reserve tackle, it is difficult to envision him making the team.
5. How will the Jets use their safeties?
The Jets are rolling with a brand new safety group this year. The two projected starters, LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, are both of the strong safety-mold, raising the question as to how they will compensate for the lack of a typical free safety.
The Jets do have Josh Bush, a sixth-round pick who has impressed his coaches in minicamps. Behind Eric Smith, Bush should be the fourth safety.
6. What kind of effect will Karl Dunbar have on the defensive line?
One of the biggest moves the Jets made this offseason was not bringing in Tim Tebow or LaRon Landry. Bringing in Karl Dunbar to coach the defensive line could have a massive impact on the performance of the defensive line.
Dunbar is known for the work he did with the Vikings' defensive line, which was consistently among the best in football under his watch. Dunbar will have a month to work his magic and get the Jets' line clicking on all cylinders.
7. How much will Bart Scott play?
Bart Scott was an unhappy man last year, as he was taken out of most of the sub-packages. However, Scott appears to be a man who seeks revenge for what happened last year, having lost a considerable amount of weight will make him faster, thus being able to play in more packages.
However, the Jets used a third-round pick on linebacker Demario Davis, who is an ideal player to use as a nickel linebacker.
Based on how quickly Davis picks up the defense and gains the trust of coaches, Scott can be in for another season spending more time on the bench than he would like.
Players on the Roster Bubble
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90 players will check into Cortland for training camp. Fifty-three will be on the game-day roster for the season opener against Buffalo.
Do the math; a lot of players are going to go home empty-handed. With only a few spots up for grabs, competition will be fierce as training camp approaches.
Many of the players on the 90-man roster have almost no chance of making the team. They are more likely to get picked up by another team than to make the Jets, and are there to add experience to their resume.
Here are the players on the roster bubble:
WR Scotty McKnight
Mark Sanchez's childhood buddy, many suspect that his relationship with Sanchez is the only reason why the Jets kept him around on the practice squad last year.
Now that the Jets brought in two more receivers via the draft, the odds are stacked against McKnight's chances of getting one of the five or so receiver spots. He seems more likely to spend another year on the practice squad than to beat out someone like Patrick Turner for a spot on the roster.
WR DaMarcus Ganaway
Having been already cut and released by the Jets this offseason, Ganaway finds himself in the same boat as McKnight in terms of facing stern competition for the final receiver spot.
Ganaway is of the faster, yet smaller mold of receivers that would be an ideal man for kick coverage, if he can prove he is willing to be physical.
However, he has plenty of speed that can allow him to be a key asset on special teams, which will ultimately be his ticket to making the roster.
WR Patrick Turner
A former second-round pick of the Dolphins, Turner showed flashes of promise last year and made a handful of key catches. Rex Ryan loves Turner's competitive nature and seems like an ideal practice player that makes everyone better.
However, just like every other low-end receiver on the roster, Turner is going to face a ton of competition for his fifth spot. The fact that he has continued to improve helps his chances of sticking around for another season.
OT Austin Howard
Signed by the Jets last November off the Ravens' practice squad, Howard will have to beat out Stephon Heyer and possibly Vladimir Ducasse for a backup tackle job. The fact that the Jets brought in added competition at tackle does not speak favorably as to how the Jets view Howard as a player.
OT Stephon Heyer
The Jets signed Heyer not to compete with Wayne Hunter for the starting job, but to push Ducasse in training camp.
If he beats out Ducassem he obviously will get a spot on the team. Otherwise, he will be at the mercy of the numbers game as to how many tackles the Jets will want to carry this year.
ILB Marcus Dowtin
Right now, the Jets are stacked at inside linebacker after drafting Demario Davis, but Dowtin made enough of an impression on Rex Ryan in rookie minicamp to have a chance to compete for a spot in camp.
Dowtin has as much talent as a drafted player, but off field issues that led to a transfer from Georgia to Northern Alabama destroyed his draft stock.
If he is willing to embrace a special teams role, he has a chance of making the final 53-man roster.
OLB Ricky Sapp
A former fifth-round pick of the Eagles back in 2010, Sapp is considered to be more of a project player that is trying to learn the nuances of the outside linebacker position.
Sapp has a ton of potential, but he has constantly battled injuries since college and needs to add strength to his upper body to compete at the NFL level. The Jets did not add many outside linebackers in the offseason, indicating that they will give Sapp at least another year to develop his game.
FB Fui Vakapuna
John Conner's first year as the full-time starter at fullback was up-and-down, causing the Jets to bring in a seasoned journeyman who is more known for his feature in Hard Knocks when he was with the Bengals.
I would be surprised if the Jets decide to give up on Conner so quickly in favor of Fui, but a new offensive staff could mean more changes to personnel.
TE Hayden Smith
Hayden Smith is Mike Tannenbaums' Australian experiment. A former Rugby star, the Jets are trying to turn Smith into a tight end.
Since this summer is Smith's first time playing American football, the Jets are not going to put him on the field during regular season action anytime soon. It makes the most sense to stash him on the practice squad and let him develop.
DT Martin Teveseau
"MTV" bounced back and forth between the practice squad and 53-man roster last year, and played well in his limited action on the field.
However, with the Jets' new found depth along the defensive line, especially after re-signing Sione Pouha, it is going to be hard to find room for Teveseau to earn a roster spot. If he does get cut, it would not surprise me in the least if another defensive tackle-needy team picks him up.
S Tracy Wilson
Wilson was a core-special teams player last year, and figures to return to the same role this year.
However, after spending two draft picks on young safeties and signing two new veterans, Wilson faces an uphill battle trying to secure the same spot he had on the team last year.
CB Ellis Lankster
Lankster's biggest moment last year was when he recovered the fumble against Dallas in Week 1 off a blocked punt and has kept his role as a depth corner and special teams player throughout last season.
After adding so many safeties over the offseason, the Jets may want to cut back on how many corners they carry, which could put Lankster's job in jeopardy.
CB D'Anton Lynn
As a pure zone corner, Lynn is actually a terrible fit with the Jets in terms of his skill set.
However, being the son of running backs coach Anthony Lynn, he could secure a practice squad spot if he shows any kind of ability in training camp to justify hanging onto him.
QB Matt Simms
Simms showed off enough arm talent in rookie minicamps to get a training camp invitation.
However, the Jets are unlikely to carry more than three quarterbacks this year, and it is unlikely that he beats out Greg McElroy for the third-string position.
If Simms does make the team, the Jets would have to carry four quarterbacks, or he will be on the practice squad.
OG Vladimir Ducasse
The former second-round pick of of UMass has done nothing in his two seasons as a Jet to suggest that he can play at this level. Ducasse has plenty of physcial ability, but once he steps out onto the field, he is overwhelmed by the mental aspects of the game.
The Jets brought in two tackles to compete with Ducasse in camp in Ray Willis and Stephon Heyer (Willis has since been released). The fact that the Jets are bringing in competition for the backup tackle job indicates how much trust they still have in Ducasse.
Ducasse's scholarship has run out; it is time for him to find a way to make an impact on this team in training camp, or the Jets could decide to cut their losses.
OG Matt Kroul
The former defensive tackle from Iowa made the switch to the offensive side of the ball last year, which earned him a year spending most of his time on the practice squad.
No longer practice-squad eligible, it will be an uphill battle for Kroul to make the team. He will be in competition with Caleb Schlauderaff, whom the Jets traded for at the beginning of last season.
K Josh Brown
While Nick Folk had himself a solid 2011 campaign, he will be pushed hard by Josh Brown, a former Ram, in training camp.
Brown has been impressive in minicamp and OTAs, and there will be a legitimate competition between the two this August.
If it is close, the Jets will probably hang onto Folk, but don't go out and spend all of your money on those Folk jerseys just yet.
Players to Watch
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Whenever the starting quarterback ends the season on a bad note, especially in New York, there is going to be a lot of talk about his future as the starter. Throw in the fact that Tebow is now on the team, and the scrutiny on Mark Sanchez is at an all-time high.
With a brand new offensive system and a handful of new weapons at receiver to work with, Mark Sanchez's performance is going to be the highlight of the Jets' preseason, for better or worse.
No player is going to get more media attention, perhaps on any team, than Mr. Tebow. It is unclear exactly how the Jets will use Tebow in the Wildcat package.
In fact, there is a chance that the Jets will not reveal anything as to how Tebow will be used. More interestingly, they could show more Tebow in the preseason than they intend on using him in the regular season just to throw opposing defensive coordinators for a loop.
However, as the backup quarterback, Tebow will see a considerable amount of time in the base offense. Assuming that Tebow is more or less the same player he was when the Broncos got rolled by the Lions last year (the last game Tebow played in a conventional offense), it should be a sight to behold.
Quietly, Ferguson had one of his worst seasons as a pro last year at left tackle. While some of it may have stemmed from a general decline in the offensive line, Sanchez was not a comfortable player in part because of Ferguson's poor season.
Soon enough, we will see whether or not last season was an anomaly or the start of a disturbing trend for the Pro Bowl tackle.
A raw but talented product of a run-first Georgia Tech offense, Hill could be just the speedy vertical threat that the Jets have been in desperate need of.
However, Hill has limited knowledge of how to run routes because of the elementary passing system at Georgia Tech. It will be interesting to watch just how far his talent can take him without being fully-polished as a receiver.
Because of his inconsistent production at North Carolina, particularly in his senior season, Coples is considered by many to be a prospect that has a large "bust" risk.
So far, Coples has impressed in minicamps, but we have yet to see Coples going at full speed with pads on.
Quinton is going to be used in a variety of roles, from being a 5-technique to outside linebacker. Being able to adapt for the newer mental aspects of the game is going to be just as difficult as moving around opposing offensive linemen.
Being just a few years removed from the Vernon Gholston selection, Jets fans are going to want to see first-hand whether or not Coples was worth the gamble, or if he is doomed to be the next Gholston.
Without LaDainian Tomlinson in the way, that path is paved for McKnight to take on a larger role in the offense as a third-down back.
While it will certainly be interesting as to how he responds to having a larger role in he offense, it remains to bee seen how his role in special teams will change. McKnight was one of the best returners in the league last year, so taking him out of that role will have its consequences.
Staying on the theme of running backs, Greene, after a rather underwhelming first season as the Jets' lead back, appears to have dropped a few pounds heading into camp.
Greene has never been one to make defenders miss, but he appears to be trying to change that by losing a few pounds.
With a new run-first offensive system in place and something to prove, I am anxious to see how Greene looks in preseason.
With the selection of Quinton Coples, Mike DeVito's role as the lone starting 5-technique is all but over. However, DeVito is too good of a player to leave off the field, particularly in the run game.
Watch for different formations the Jets use to try and get all of their best players, including DeVito, on the field at once.
Since signing a 5-year, $50 million dollar deal with the Jets last August, Holmes has become a full-blown diva receiver.
In Week 17 last year against the Dolphins, Holmes was kicked out of the huddle, by Wayne Hunter of all people, because his attitude could no longer be tolerated by his teammates. Holmes was perceived to be the source of most of the Jets' locker room problems.
Coming into a new season, Holmes did nothing to help his image by complaining about the amount of reps he was getting in OTAs.
While this may be a classic case of the New York media taking a story out of context, watching Holmes' demeanor in the isolation of Cortland will be interesting in the least.
There is no way to sugarcoat it: this is Ducasse's last chance to remain a Jet. The former second-round pick has done virtually nothing in two years, and the fact that the Jets have brought in added competition for the backup tackle job does not help his cause.
The issues surrounding Ducassse are not physical; the mental aspects of the game, such as picking up blitzes, has been a struggle for him. When it comes down to forming depth charts, coaches are going to trust the guy that will be in the right place at the right time over the more talented player who looks lost.
Best Depth Chart Battles
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Stephen Hill vs. Chaz Schilens
Rex Ryan has stated that Hill will be the starter, but as long as Hill is a rookie, he is going to be a wild card.
Meanwhile, at 6'4", Schilens is a big, fast target that has four years of experience. While unlikely, if Stephen Hill struggles enough in camp to cause the coaching staff to hesitate starting him, it is not out of the realm of possibility that they elect to go with Schilens to start the season.
Jordan White vs. Patrick Turner
This may be the closest battle in camp. On one hand, there is Patrick Turner, who has become a favorite of Rex Ryan's because of his competitiveness and consistent improvement. Last year, in limited action, he had a handful of clutch catches.
On the other hand, there is Jordan White, a seventh-round pick out of Western Michigan that has not been able to see much action after suffering a broken foot in OTAs.
While White may have more upside than Turner in the long run, Turner provides more to the Jets now, especially as a blocker on the perimeter. If the Jets to stash White on the practice squad, it would not be an unprecedented move; they did the same thing with former seventh-rounder Scotty McKnight a year prior.
Terrance Ganaway vs. Bilal Powell
Powell only saw time against the Broncos after both Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson went down with injury, and looked very underwhelming to say the least.
However, Powell has looked solid in OTAs, according to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini.
Powell is trying to hold off Terrance Ganaway, a more powerful back that is more like Shonn Greene than anyone else. While Ganaway is not as well-rounded as Powell, he is a better fit for what the Jets want to do on offense as a powerful, physical back.
John Conner vs. Fui Vakapuna
In his first year as the starting fullback, Conner was a bit underwhelming, failing to show off his big-time blocking ability we saw in the 2010 edition of Hard Knocks. He was also prone to miss assignments and was not as natural as the Jets hoped he would be.
In response, the Jets brought in Vakapuna, who was also a former Hard Knocks star with the Bengals. While it would be a surprise to see the Jets move on from a drafted fullback after just one season, a new offensive coaching staff is prone to making some unexpected changes.
Stephon Heyer vs. Vladimir Ducasse
Jets fans are probably hoping that Heyer was signed to replace Wayne Hunter at right tackle, but the reality is that Heyer was brought in to push Vladimir Ducasse, who has done virtually nothing since being drafted in the second round in 2010.
While Ducasse has enough ability to get the job done, Heyer brings experience and toughness to the position, which Ducasse lacks.
If Ducasse loses his job in camp, this could be his last month as a Jet.
Josh Mauga vs. Demario Davis
Last year, Mauga was the man that replaced Bart Scott in select packages, and did a adequate job in doing so.
Still, the Jets will want to get more athletic and dynamic at the linebacker position, which is why they selected Demario Davis in the third round. Davis has great range and ability to play in space, making him an ideal third linebacker. According to Rex Ryan, he also boasts Ray Lewis-like leadership ability.
However, Davis does come from a smaller program in Arkansas State, and adjusting to the pro game could take some time. With time, Davis will eventually win the job, but Mauga's experience could hold Davis back from taking his job right away.
Full New York Jets Training Camp and Preseason Schedule
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Training camp opens on July 28th in Cortland, New York. On August 23rd, the Jets return to their facility in Florham Park, NJ. All other previous practices are in Cortland, with the exception of the annual practice at Hofstra.
Jets Fest is essentially a portable Jets carnival with games and activities for kids. Jets Shop is, well, a Jets shop.
The following is the schedule for the remainder of camp from nyjets.com:
|DATE||PRACTICE TIME / EVENT INFORMATION||JETS SHOP||JETS FEST|
|Sat 7/28|| |
|Sun 7/29|| |
|Mon 7/30|| |
|Wed 8/1|| |
|Thurs 8/2|| |
|Sat 8/4|| |
|Mon 8/6|| |
|Wed 8/8|| |
|Fri 8/10|| |
7:30pm: Preseason Game #1
|Sun 8/12|| |
|Tues 8/14|| |
|Wed 8/15|| |
|Sat 8/18|| |
7:00pm: Preseason Game #2
|Tues 8/21|| |
|Thurs 8/23|| |
8:00am-11:00am: @Atlantic Health Jets Training Center
|Fri 8/24|| |
8:00am-11:00am: @Atlantic Health Jets Training Center
|Sun 8/26|| |
8:00pm: Preseason Game #3
|Thurs 8/30|| |
6:35pm: Preseason Game #4
New York Jets Training Camp Info
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SUNY Cortland: One Folmer Drive, Cortland, NY 13045
Atlantic Health Jets Training Center: One Jets Drive, Florham Park, NJ 07932
Hofstra University: 900 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, NY 11550
After spending decades at Hofstra University for training camp, the Jets had their first training camp at Cortland back in 2009, Rex Ryan's first year as head coach. Moving camp to a remote location like Cortland was Ryan's idea, as he believed it would helped build team unity.
His idea proved to be right. Last year, the Jets were not able to go to Cortland because of uncertainty surrounding the CBA. As a result, the Jets were found to have a locker room in disarray, which ultimately led to a late-season collapse as the Jets missed the playoffs.
When the Jets did go to Cortland in 2009 and 2010, they were able to reach the AFC Championship game.
While Cortland is certainly not as convenient as the Hofstra and Florham Park locations, it provides seclusion for the team as well as a nod of recognition to the fans in upstate New York.
New York Jets Full Camp Roster
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This is the Jets roster according to OurLads.com (last updated July 15, 2012):
|#||Last Name||First Name||Pos.||Age||HT||WT||School||NFL Exp.|
|39||Allen||Antonio||SS||23||6' 01"||202||South Carolina||R|
|45||Baker||Josh||FB||25||6' 03"||244||Northwest Missouri||2|
|37||Bell||Yeremiah||SS||34||6' 00"||205||Eastern Kentucky||9|
|54||Bellore||Nick||ILB||23||6' 01"||250||Central Michigan||2|
|32||Bush||Josh||SS||23||5' 11"||208||Wake Forest||R|
|63||Campbell||Terrence||C||24||6' 03"||296||South Carolina||R|
|98||Coples||Quinton||DE||22||6' 06"||285||North Carolina||R|
|0||Cornick||Paul||OT||23||6' 05"||310||North Dakota State||R|
|31||Cromartie||Antonio||CB||28||6' 02"||210||Florida State||7|
|49||Davis||Demario||ILB||23||6' 02"||235||Arkansas State||R|
|44||Dowtin||Marcus||ILB||23||6' 02"||226||North Alabama||R|
|34||Fletcher||Donnie||CB||22||6' 01"||195||Boston College||R|
|87||Ganaway||DaMarcus||WR||25||6' 02"||185||Kentucky Wesleyan||R|
|71||Harrison||Damon||NT||23||6' 04"||350||William Penn - IA||R|
|84||Hill||Stephen||WR||21||6' 04"||215||Georgia Tech||R|
|10||Holmes||Santonio||WR||28||5' 11"||192||Ohio State||7|
|77||Howard||Austin||OT||25||6' 07"||333||Northern Iowa||3|
|89||Jackson||Dexter||WR||25||5' 09"||182||Appalachian State||2|
|64||Koloto||Fred||OG||23||6' 03"||297||San Jose State||R|
|76||Landolt||Dennis||OG||24||6' 04"||306||Penn State||1|
|26||Lankster||Ellis||CB||25||5' 09"||190||West Virginia||3|
|43||Lloyd||Tarren||TE||23||6' 06"||256||Utah State||R|
|41||Lynn||D'Anton||CB||22||6' 00"||208||Penn State||R|
|74||Mangold||Nick||C||28||6' 04"||307||Ohio State||7|
|51||Maybin||Aaron||OLB||24||6' 04"||250||Penn State||4|
|50||McIntyre||Garrett||OLB||27||6' 03"||270||Fresno State||2|
|97||Pace||Calvin||OLB||31||6' 04"||265||Wake Forest||10|
|21||Posey||Julian||CB||24||5' 11"||187||Ohio University||1|
|46||Purdum||Tanner||LS||27||6' 03"||270||Baker - KS||3|
|92||Richardson||Jay||DE||28||6' 06"||280||Ohio State||5|
|85||Schilens||Chaz||WR||26||6' 04"||225||San Diego State||5|
|57||Scott||Bart||ILB||31||6' 02"||242||Southern Illinois||11|
|33||Smith||Eric||FS||29||6' 01"||207||Michigan State||7|
|82||Smith||Hayden||TE||27||6' 06"||265||Metropolitan State - CO||R|
|35||Trufant||Isaiah||CB||29||5' 08"||170||Eastern Washington||2|
|1||Webber||Raymond||WR||23||6' 03"||220||Arkansas - Pine Bluff||2|
|17||White||Jordan||WR||24||6' 00"||210||Western Michigan||R|
|20||Wilson||Kyle||CB||25||5' 10"||190||Boise State||3|
|36||Wilson||Tracy||FS||23||6' 02"||203||Northern Illinois||1|
New York Jets 2012 Rookie Class
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Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
The Jets took everyone by surprise when they took Coples over Melvin Ingram 16th overall. Coming out of North Carolina with questions surrounding his work ethic because of inconsistent production, Coples is the ultimate boom-or-bust selection.
Still, Coples is expected to start at defensive end from day one. Given his versatility as a former defensive tackle, he will spend his Jet career moving all over the defensive line in a variety of fronts.
What the Jets really want to get out of Coples is an interior pass rush, which is something they have not had in quite some time. As they saw in the latest Super Bowl, the best way to disrupt the Patriots' offense is by getting pressure up the middle, where Tom Brady has nowhere to run.
If Coples can give the Jets that added dimension, the defense has a chance to be special.
Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
The Jets moved up in the second round to draft Hill with the hopes that he can be the deep speed threat that Plaxico Burress was not.
Because he came out of a run-first offense at Georgia Tech, Hill's experience as a route-runner is limited.
While he may not catch a ton of passes in his rookie year, if he can draw coverage while making a few explosive plays from time to time, the Jets will be thrilled.
Demario Davis, ILB, Arkansas State
While Bart Scott was on the bench in nickel and dime situations, David Harris found himself getting picked on in coverage.
In an effort to get faster and more dynamic in the front seven, the Jets picked Davis in the third round. As a rookie, Davis figures to get on the field on special teams as well as on third downs in sub packages, while preparing to be the long-term replacement to Bart Scott.
Josh Bush, S, Wake Forest
Despite signing LeRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell to be the two starting safeties, neither of them are of the free safety-mold. In fact, Bush is the only free safety-type on the roster.
With so many other safeties on the roster to compete with, finding a way onto the regular defense is not going to be easy for the Wake Forest product in his rookie year. He should see some time in certain sub packages and on special teams.
Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor
Ganaway fits into the mold of a "A-Type" back, which is coach-speak for a big, physical back, just like Shonn Greene.
While critics view Ganaway as a byproduct of being surrounded with so much offensive talent at Baylor, Ganaway is certainly a talented player in his own right. While I do not expect him to challenge Greene for much playing time in his rookie year, he would be the ideal replacement for Greene if he were to go down with an injury.
Robert Griffin, OG, Baylor
This year's draft featured an enormous drop-off in talent between the first and second, Robert Griffins taken from Baylor. For now, Griffin is a depth player that will hardly see the field, especially if Vladimir Ducasse sticks around, but he should make the roster.
Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina
Allen was expected to be taken anywhere between the third and fifth rounds of the draft, but he slipped through the cracks far enough for the Jets to take him in the seventh round. While the Jets hardly needed another strong safety on their roster, Allen's talent and production provided too much value to pass up.
At South Carolina, Allen was almost more of a linebacker than a safety, spending most of his time stacking the box.
For now, Allen appears to be an ideal special-teamer who has enough upside to eventually develop into a start.
Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan
Of all of the players in the Jets' draft class, White is the only player who is not a lock to make the 53-man roster.
White will have to compete with the likes of Patrick Turner to get the fifth and likely final roster spot, which is not easy thing to do, given how Turner has consistently improved since becoming a Jet.
Also working against White is how he broke a foot in OTAs. At worst, White will be stashed on the practice squad for the season.
New York Jets 2012 Undrafted Free Agents
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WR Royce Pollard
The Hawaii product has defied the odds by earning an invitation to training camp after impressing coaches in rookie minicamp.
Still, without any outstanding physical traits (he ran an unimpressive 4.59 at his pro day), he faces an uphill battle earning a spot on special teams, especially with so many other bottom-level receivers on the roster.
OC Terrance Campbell
The South Carolina product is actually a converted defensive lineman who played for six years at South Carolina.
Campbell’s primary competition will be against Matt Kroul, a fellow convert from defensive tackle to the offensive side. If he impresses, he has a decent chance at getting a spot on the practice squad, but making the final roster will be difficult with so many experienced veterans ahead of him.
OG Fred Koloto
The biggest advantage going for Koloto product is his versatility; he played both tackle at San Diego State.
Ideally, the Jets would love Koloto to be the next Robert Turner: a versatile interior lineman that, while not an overly impressive specimen, can step in at any position on the line when needed.
TE Tarren Lloyd
With the departure of Matthew Mulligan, the Jets need a blocking tight end in the worst way.
At 6’7", 258 pounds, Lloyd could be exactly what they need at the position.
In addition to his massive size, Lloyd has great foot speed and was an integral part of Utah State’s dynamic rushing attack. However, he needs to get stronger to move NFL defensive lineman around.
Llyod’s chances of making the team will depend on how much strength he has gained and whether or not Hayden Smith, the Australian rugby player, is ready to play.
QB Matt Simms
Blessed with a strong arm, Simms impressed coaches enough in rookie minicamp to earn an invitation to training camp.
However, it would be an upset if the Jets chose to carry more than three quarterbacks, and it is unlikely that Simms would beat out Greg McElroy for the third spot. If he keeps carries his momentum into training camp, he has a good chance of landing a practice squad spot.
DE Brett Roy
A victim of the “tweener” label, Roy is not going to necessarily impress anyone with his explosion; instead, he specializes in setting the edge and being a strong force in the run game.
Listed at about 270 pounds, Roy is a bit too heavy for outside linebacker, but he will get moved all over the place in the NFL as a defensive end.
The sooner Roy can find a comfort level at either position, the better his chances are of earning a job.
DT Damon Harrison
A small-school prospect from William Penn, Harrison has all of the tools to be a pure 3-4 nose tackle.
It remains to be seen as to how quickly he adjusts to the pro level, but he has enough ability to compete with Martin Teveseau for the last defensive tackle spot.
DT Matt Hardison
Matt transferred to Delaware after spending his first three seasons at Rutgers on the bench. An impressive athlete, he impressed coaches enough in rookie minicamp to earn a training camp invitation.
Hardison is more of a project player that would seem like a perfect practice squad candidate.
ILB Marcus Dowtin
Dowtin was once a starting linebacker at Georgia, but his involvement in a bar fight led to his transfer to Northern Alabama.
Dowtin was one of the most impressive players at rookie minicamp to head coach Rex Ryan. He will be in direct competition with Josh Mauga for a backup inside linebacker spot.
CB D'Anton Lynn
Lynn, a pure-zone corner, is actually a terrible fit with what the Jets want to do on defense. The son of running backs coach Anthony Lynn, D’Anton will have to impress on special teams to survive camp cuts.
If he does not make the roster, perhaps the Jets will do the Lynns a favor and stash him on the practice squad—just as they kept Scotty McKnight around for Sanchez’s sake.
CB Donnie Fletcher
Coming into the 2011 season, Fletcher was viewed as a mid-round prospect, but he ultimately went undrafted in April.
Fletcher is not exceptional at any one particular category, but he is a sure tackler with good recognition and technique. Fletcher sounds like the ideal special teams player that can slowly ascend the depth chart.
CB Ryan Steed
Steed was projected to be a fifth-round selection, but his name was never called on draft day, which came as a surprise after he had an impressive week at the Senior Bowl.
A former basketball player with great cover skills, Steed is a man to watch in camp. He could not only earn a spot on the 53-man roster, he has the tools to earn a role on defense.
New York Jets 2012 Free Agency and Trade Additions
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WR Chaz Schilens
The Jets signed Schilens near the start of free agency to be a fallback option in case they were not able to add a more dynamic presence in the draft or later in free agency.
Now that the Jets have drafted Stephen Hill in the second round, Schilens appears to be regulated to backup and, because of his 6'4" frame, red-zone duty.
Reunited with his receivers coach Sanjay Lal from his days as a Raider, Schilens is still a young player with upside and could be a starter if needed.
WR Raymond Webber
Coming out of Arkansas Bine-Bluff, Webber led the nation in receiving with 1,429 receiving yards on 101 catches and 10 touchdowns.
Webber has some talent, so as long as he can stay healthy, he may be able to salvage a practice squad spot.
WR Dexter Jackson
When Jackson was coming out of college in 2008, Jackson jumped up draft boards after running a 4.27 40-yard dash. He wound up getting drafted in the second round by Tampa Bay, but was released after just one year with the team. Since then, Jackson has spent time on the Carolina Panthers and the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL.
Clearly, the Jets are interested to see if he has been able to turn his incredible speed into receiving ability in his years outside of the NFL. Jackson is a low-risk, high-reward prospect that warrants at least one more look before writing off as a complete bust.
TE Dedrick Epps
The former Miami Hurricane is in more of the receiving mold of tight ends. His best chance of making the roster, outside of special teams, is to beat out Jeff Cumberland for the No. 2 spot, which is unlikely.
FB Fui Vakapuna
The Jets added Vakapuna to push John Conner at fullback. While not a physically gifted as Connor, Fui has more NFL experience and has at least a fighting chance to convince a new offensive coaching staff that he is the better option at fullback.
RB John Griffin
Griffin is in the Joe McKnight category of being a change-of-pace back with good speed and change-of-direction.
His running ability combined with his skill catching the football has created some buzz around Florham Park. While the numbers are certainly stacked against him, if he keeps performing at a high level, the Jets will do everything they can to keep him around.
DE Jay Richardson
He did have seven sacks in three seasons, but it remains to be seen whether or not he can return to his pre-injury form. Even if he does, it will be tough to earn a backup role on a Jets' defensive line that has added a lot of depth.
S Yeremiah Bell
While Bell's age of 34 is not ideal, he is a terrific run player who led the Dolphins in tackles a year ago.
Bell is not the coverage player the Jets are still on the look for at safety, but he is an experienced veteran that will fill Jim Leonhard's shoes well.
S LaRon Landry
Landry could turn out to be the biggest addition of the Jets' offseason. When healthy, Landry is among the best in football at his position; however, health has been elusive to Landry, and is the primary reason why the Redskins parted ways with him.
While Landry is better-suited to play strong safety, he does have experience at free safety from his days in Washington and can cover a lot of ground in a hurry as in a Cover-1 system.
Landry is still not the coverage player the Jets were hoping to land, but this could still turn out to be a terrific move by Mike Tannenbaum if Landry stays healthy.
P Travis Baltz
In his first season, T.J. Conley was inconsistent as the Jets punter. Baltz will compete directly with Conley in camp for the starting job.
K Josh Brown
While Nick Folk had a terrific start to the season, he faded a bit toward the end. Brown, a former Ram, has looked very good in OTAs and minicamp.
If the competition is even, the Jets will likely go with the known commodity in Folk, but this is a legitimate competition.
LS Derek Chard
Where else are you going to quench your thirst for long snapper coverage? The incumbent Tanner Purdam did not have many, if any, bad snaps in game situations last year. Chard is around simply to push Tanner and be a camp body.
Game-by-Game Preseason Analysis and Predictions
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Game 1: New York Jets vs. Cincinnati Bengals
In the Jets' first action of the season, all of the attention will be on Tim Tebow's first few snaps as a Jet.
However, my eyes will be on the offensive line, particularly at the tackle position. Not only do Jets fans want to see if Wayne Hunter is the player his coaches think he is, but they also want to see if D'Brickashaw Ferguson can get back to his former Pro Bowl-self against a deep Bengals defensive line.
If the Jets do manage to block the Bengals' pass-rushers, they should have their way against a Bengals secondary that is either old or inexperienced (with the exception of Leon Hall).
It will also be interesting to see rookie receiver Stephen Hill against one of the Bengals' veteran corners.
On the defensive side, I would not expect Rex to show a whole lot of looks and stick to vanilla schemes. Still, all eyes will be on Quinton Coples to see if he has the power and explosion to compete in the NFL.
Prediction: Jets 10, Bengals 7
Game 2: New York Jets vs. New York Giants
The Jets come into this matchup as the reigning MetLife Bowl champs, but the Giants are coming into this season defending a slightly more notable title.
Rex tends to leave in the starters a bit longer than usual against the Giants, which is hardly a coincidence.
Again, it will be interesting to see how the Jets' offensive line holds up against a talented and deep defensive line of the Giants. If Wayne Hunter can somehow keep Justin Tuck in check, it will be a huge step from where Hunter was a year ago.
On the other side of the ball, look for the Jets' defense to focus on setting the edge in the run game against a quick, versatile back in Ahmad Bradshaw.
Prediction: Jets 17, Giants 10
Game 3: New York Jets vs. Carolina Panthers
The third game of the preseason is the one that most resembles a regular season game, as the starters usually play at least three quarters of the action.
A Steve Smith vs. Darrelle Revis matchup will be fascinating to watch, even though Revis will undoubtedly come out victorious (assuming he is in camp at this point). Both payers are insanely competitive, preseason or not.
Without Steve Smith to throw to, Newton could struggle trying to find secondary receivers against the rest of the Jets' defense.
On offense, the Jets should be able to run the ball on a Panther defense that is weak up the middle. If the Jets struggle to move the ball in this game, it could be a cause for concern.
Prediction: Jets 24, Panthers 14
Game 4: New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles
For casual fans, the fourth preseason game is a snooze fest, as the starters play just a series or two, if at all.
However, since the backups will play the majority of the game, it also means that Tim Tebow will see a lot of playing time. This game could be the highest-rated preseason game in history.
By now, depth charts and rosters are just about set, and players are battling to just one or two spots. One big play could make or break a players' career; if that kind of drama sounds compelling, tune in.
Otherwise, this game is almost impossible to predict in terms of matchups and score, since both teams will be using second and third-stringers all game long. However, that does mean we will get a good look at some of the later draft picks like Demario Davis, Terrance Ganaway and Josh Bush.
Prediction: Jets 10, Eagles 21
Projecting the Final 53-Man Roster
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Here is a prediction for both the final 53-man roster as well as the practice squad. Go here for a full explanation of practice squad eligibility.
Players are listed in alphabetical order.
53-Man Roster: Offense
Total Offense: 24
53-Man Roster: Defense
Practice Squad (8 members):
ILB Dowtin, Marcus
OG Koloto, Fred
QB Matt Simms
CB Lynn, D'Anton
CB Fletcher, Donnie
RB Griffin, John
TE Smith, Hayden
WR Ganaway, DaMarcus