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.