John Parker Wilson has been impressive as the third-string quarterback.
Backup Tackle: No backup tackle has stood out yet, but I have been happy with what I’ve seen from Joe Long. Granted, he has been going up against third or fourth stringers. Guy Whimper and newly signed D’Anthony Batiste will also compete for the job. As of right now, I have Long and Whimper making the team as backups at left and right tackle, respectively.
Backup Wide Receiver: Markus Wheaton is coming on fast and could be the slot receiver before the midpoint of the season if he continues to develop at the pace that he has been on. But as much as many would like to see that, Jerricho Cotchery is a dependable veteran and is still the No. 3 for the time being. Plaxico Burress still has a hold on the fifth spot, but Justin Brown could take that over if he can return punts. David Gilreath has a decent shot as well.
Backup Running Back: After a week of training camp, it appears as though Bell and Redman are locks for the team. LaRod Stephens-Howling has shown a lot as well as a potential third-down back and returner and should have a spot as well. Considering I favor talent when filling out a roster, Dwyer should be an easy choice over Baron Batch for the final spot on the roster.
Backup Nose Tackle: Hebron Fangupo has not looked bad backing up Steve McLendon and has actually made some plays in the backfield. However, this battle is incomplete as Alameda Ta’amu was activated off of the PUP list on Monday. Fangupo leads this battle by default.
Backup Outside Linebacker: Jarvis Jones is a lock for a backup job and odds are that Chris Carter and his experience will earn a job as well. However, according to Dale Lolley, it appears as though Alan Baxter has passed up last year’s camp phenom, Adrian Robinson.
Backup Cornerback: With injuries to Cortez Allen, Curtis Brown, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Terry Hawthorne, this battle is far from complete. Josh Victorian has had plenty of opportunities to step up and make his mark.
Third-String Quarterback: Landry Jones looks like a fourth-round rookie quarterback and it has not been pretty. While he has a decent arm, he has had some accuracy issues where he has bounced the ball before getting to the receiver or just flat out missed him. John Parker Wilson has been surprisingly good and has earned the third-string role so far.
Punt and Kick Returners: Emmanuel Sanders is the top kick returner and Antonio Brown the top punt returner so far. I don’t know if we’ll see them as the returners by the time the season starters. I expect Stephens-Howling to eventually take over as the kick returner unless Reggie Dunn absolutely shines. David Gilreath and Markus Wheaton are listed behind Brown, which is not a good early sign for Justin Brown making the roster as a returner.