Predicting the Winner of New York Jets' Biggest Training Camp Battles

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Predicting the Winner of New York Jets' Biggest Training Camp Battles
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Training camp is here and Rex Ryan has a team to build.

By the time you read this, the New York Jets' training camp battles will be underway. For some of you, the first practices in pads will have come and gone. However, the biggest training camp battles for the New York Jets will take more than a few practices to resolve. Battles for the 53-man roster may continue throughout the season.

Every player in camp is battling for something. The Jets must reduce their squad of 90 players to a 53-man roster and eight-man practice squad before Week 1. That means 29 players must go. In fact, more than 29 will most likely go to make room for other teams' discards.

In other words, current starters must hold their own against those who would take their jobs. Second-stringers' place on the roster is safe provided they hold their positions. However, they'd prefer the prestige and earning power of a starting role.

It's the players who are third-string and below who face the most pressure. These players must either move up or ship out. There's only room for seven third-stringers on the Jets' roster, assuming they keep only one fullback. Offensive skill positions (quarterback, running back, tight end and wide receiver) will take at least four of them.

That's a story for another day. Today's focus is the marquee battles, the battles for starting positions that have consumed the media's attention.



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