New York Jets Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IAugust 26, 2013

New York Jets Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

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    The New York Jets have trimmed down their roster to 53 players, and have announced seven of the eight men on their practice squad.

    The roster moves haven't stopped, though, as the Jets continue to sign and waive players as they prepare for the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Who made the cut, and who has to find work elsewhere?

    Here's an updated look at their latest cuts, their depth chart and the practice squad, along with all the updates throughout the road to the 53-man roster.

List of 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    Here are all 22 cuts the Jets made on their way to the final 53-man roster, as announced by the Jets:

    • Antonio Garay, DT
    • Dan Carpenter, K
    • JoJo Dickson, LB
    • Junior Aumave, DL
    • Erik Cook, OL
    • Greg McElroy, QB (released with an injury)
    • Tevita Finau, DL
    • Mike Edwards, CB
    • Mohamed Massoquoi, WR
    • Mossis Madu, RB
    • Lanier Coleman, DL
    • Ben Obomanu, WR
    • Jason Smith, OT
    • Michael Campbell, WR
    • Zach Rogers, WR
    • Chris Pantale, TE
    • J.B. Shugarts, OL
    • Troy Davis, LB
    • Jacquies Smith, LB
    • Royce Adams, DB
    • Rontez Miles, DB
    • Kahlil Bell, RB
    • Danny Lansanah, RB
    • Josh Mauga, LB (injured reserve)
    • Graham Harrell, QB

    The only player not listed as a "cut" is running back Mike Goodson, who was moved from the active/non-football injury list to the reserve/suspended list. He will not count against the Jets roster total for the next four weeks. The Jets will likely feature a heavy dose of running backs Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to start the season, but they were hoping for Goodson to provide a presence in the passing game and on third down. They'll have to wait four weeks to get that benefit.

    Dan Carpenter was brought in but quickly shown the door, thereby solidifying Nick Folk as the Jets starting kicker for 2013. He has now vanquished both Carpenter and Billy Cundiff on his way to reclaiming his starting job.

    Greg McElroy spent two years on the Jets, and perhaps his most notable moment came in a radio interview after the 2011 season in which he said the Jets locker room had a "corrupt mindset" and that there were some "extremely selfish individuals" in said locker room. He played in two games, starting one, and was sacked seven times in a loss to the Chargers. The emergence of backup Matt Simms made McElroy expendable.

    Cundiff was signed to compete with Nick Folk for the starting job as the team's kicker, but he was not deemed fit for the job and the Jets decided to bring in former Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter instead. That lasted all of about four days, as Carpenter was unceremoniously cut on Friday, signaling the continuation of Nick Folk as the starting kicker.

    Defensive tackle Antonio Garay wasn't expected to make a big contribution to the Jets defense, but not many expected him to be cut, either. The Jets clearly feel very good about their young nose tackle prospects with Damon Harrison and Kenrick Ellis leading the charge at that position. 

Final Depth Chart

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    Here is the Jets initial 53-man roster and depth chart:


    QB: Geno Smith, Mark Sanchez, Matt Simms, Brady Quinn

    RB: Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Mike Goodson (suspended for four weeks, doesn't count against roster), Alex Green

    FB: Tommy Bohanon

    WR: Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill, Clyde Gates, Ryan Spadola

    TE: Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Winslow Jr., Konrad Reuland

    LT: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Oday Aboushi

    LG: Vladimir Ducasse, Brian Winters

    C: Nick Mangold, Caleb Schlauderaff, Dalton Freeman

    RG: Willie Colon, Will Campbell

    RT: Austin Howard, Ben Ijalana

    DE: Muhammad Wilkerson, Leger Douzable

    NT: Kenrick Ellis, Damon Harrison

    DT: Sheldon Richardson

    OLB: Quinton Coples, Calvin Pace, Garrett McIntyre, Antwan Barnes, Ricky Sapp

    ILB: David Harris, Demario Davis, Nick Bellore, Scott Solomon

    CB: Antonio Cromartie, Dee Milliner, Kyle Wilson, Isaiah Trufant, Ellis Lankster

    FS: Dawan Landry, Josh Bush

    SS: Antonio Allen, Jaiquawn Jarrett

    P: Robert Malone

    K: Nick Folk

    LS: Tanner Purdum

Analyzing the Practice Squad

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    The Jets have announced the following players to their practice squad for the 2013 season:

    • WR Michael Campbell
    • LB Troy Davis
    • DT Tevita Finau
    • C Dalton Freeman
    • S Rontez Miles
    • TE Chris Pantale
    • OT J.B. Shugarts

Recently Cut Free Agents Jets Are Rumored to Be Pursuing

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    The Jets have roughly $8.6 million in cap space to work with, according to Spotrac. They have already begun adding players, while opening up the appropriate spots on their roster with additional cuts.

    Here is an updated list of the players they have signed:

    Brady Quinn, QB: It's been awhile since Brady Quinn's name has been attached to anything of relevance, and that continues as he will likely be the third or fourth quarterback on the roster, competing for those spots with Matt Simms. With questions surrounding the status of both Mark Sanchez (shoulder) and Geno Smith (talent and NFL readiness), adding Harrell provides extra insurance at the game's most important position. The Jets announced the signing on Monday.

    The Jets also claimed three players off waivers:

    • Alex Green, RB
    • Ben Ijalana, OT
    • Scott Solomon, LB

Starters and Injury Notes

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    It's been an interesting training camp full of players emerging, other players falling off and a few injuries as well. Much of the focus has been on the ongoing battle between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith. The Jets have yet to decide on their starter, but we expect one to be named soon. 


    Projected starters

    QB: Geno Smith

    HB: Chris Ivory

    WR: Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill

    TE: Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Winslow Jr.

    OT: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Austin Howard

    OG: Vladimir Ducasse, Willie Colon

    C: Nick Mangold

    DE: Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson

    NT: Kenrick Ellis

    OLB: Quinton Coples, Calvin Pace

    ILB: Demario Davis, David Harris

    CB: Antonio Cromartie, Dee Milliner

    FS: Dawan Landry

    SS: Antonio Allen


    Injury notes

    Mark Sanchez, QB (shoulder): The decision that's being scrutinized across the NFL this weekend and even through Monday is the decision to play Mark Sanchez in the fourth quarter of a preseason game, behind the second-string offensive line. Sanchez went down on a hit by Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin. He is currently listed as week-to-week.

    If Sanchez's shoulder isn't good for Week 1, that could force the Jets' hand with regard to their quarterback competition.

    Santonio Holmes, WR (foot): It was nearly a year ago that Holmes went down with a Lisfranc injury, and although the Jets recently activated him from the PUP, it remains to be seen whether he will actually play Week 1 or if he'll continue to rehab. There has been a bit of a war in the media between Holmes and the Jets, going back and forth over the severity of his injury and the status of his rehab.

    Quinton Coples, OLB (ankle): Coples hurt his ankle in the Jets' second preseason game and will reportedly need ankle surgery that will keep him out the remainder of the preseason and could put his Week 1 status in question. If Coples can't go, the Jets will likely call on veteran outside linebacker Antwan Barnes to start in his place.

First Round of Cuts

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    The New York Jets trimmed their roster to 75 players on Monday, well in advance of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. They announced the following cuts, per their official website:

    • Braylon Edwards, WR
    • Joe McKnight, RB
    • Chad Spann, RB
    • Patrick Ford, OL
    • Trey Gilleo, OL
    • Stephen Peterman, OG
    • Joe Collins, WR
    • Marcus Rucker, WR
    • K.J. Stroud, WR
    • Rahsaan Vaughn, WR
    • Sean Progar-Jackson, WR
    • Donnie Fletcher, CB
    • Bret Lockett, S
    • Ryan Quigley, P
    • Patrick Scales, LS
    • Hayden Smith, TE

    The release of Edwards is the most notable. It's fair to wonder how much Edwards has left in the tank now that he's been released by a team like the Jets, who are in need of much better production at the wide receiver spot this year than they had last year. The Jets must be impressed with what they saw from Ryan Spadola this offseason; he has earned increasing opportunities with the first-team offense.

    On that note, given the Jets' grim situation at guard, they must really think Stephen Peterman is done. They could use more depth on the interior of their offensive line. Third-round pick Brian Winters has struggled a bit this preseason, and Willie Colon is working with two reconstructed knees. 

    Joe McKnight has given the Jets a bit of a spark in the return game, but they haven't seen the development they'd like from him as a running back. Perhaps they feel his role in the return game can be replaced with someone that offers them a bit more versatility on offense or defense. Clyde Gates has been a pleasant surprise in both the receiving game and the return game.

Depth Chart Post-75-Man Roster Cuts and Previewing 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    Now that the Jets are officially down to 75 players, here's an idea of what the depth chart might look like.

    QB: Mark Sanchez/Geno Smith, Greg McElroy, Matt Simms

    RB: Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Mossis Madu, Kahlil Bell, Mike Goodson

    FB: Tommy Bohanon

    WR: Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill, Clyde Gates, Ryan Spadola, Michael Campbell, Zach Rogers, Ben Obomanu

    TE: Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Winslow Jr., Konrad Reuland, Chris Pantale

    LT: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Oday Aboushi

    LG: Vladimir Ducasse, Brian Winters

    C: Nick Mangold, Caleb Schlauderaff, Erik Cook, Dalton Freeman

    RG: Willie Colon, Will Campbell

    RT: Austin Howard, J.B. Shugarts

    DE: Muhammad Wilkerson, Tevita Finau, Leger Douzable

    NT: Kenrick Ellis, Damon Harrison, Junior Aumavae

    DT: Sheldon Richardson, Antonio Garay, Lanier Coleman

    OLB: Quinton Coples, Calvin Pace, Garrett McIntyre, Antwan Barnes, Jacquies Smith, Ricky Sapp, Troy Davis

    ILB: David Harris, Demario Davis, Josh Mauga, Nick Bellore, Danny Lansanah, JoJo Dickson

    CB: Antonio Cromartie, Dee Milliner, Kyle Wilson, Isaiah Trufant, Ellis Lankster, Royce Adams, Mike Edwards

    FS: Dawan Landry, Josh Bush, Rontez Miles

    SS: Antonio Allen, Jaiquawn Jarrett

    P: Robert Malone

    K: Nick Folk, Billy Cundiff

    LS: Tanner Purdum


    Projected cuts

    • Matt Simms, QB: The Jets simply have no reason to carry four quarterbacks, and Simms has not made a major impression in terms of his abilities as a reliable back-up.
    • Ricky Sapp, OLB: The third-year outside linebacker has played just three games, and could still be stashed on the practice squad if the Jets feel there is potential for him to develop.
    • Royce Adams, CB: After a jaunt in the AFL in 2010, Adams finally made his way onto an NFL roster in 2012, but missed the season with a knee injury. He hasn't made an impact for the Jets in camp.