A basic depth chart doesn't do justice to every key contributor on an NFL team. It's especially true when a team plays a position by committee, like many teams do with running backs. Here are some players who the depth chart calls backups but are every bit as important as starters.
SS Dawan Landry: Don't count Landry out of contention for a starting job at strong safety. He wasn't flashy, but he was the Jets' third-leading tackler and the secondary's field general. There may be more of a rotation at safety with Landry, Antonio Allen and Calvin Pryor sharing time at the two positions. That would blur the distinction between "free safety" and "strong safety."
CBs Kyle Wilson, Darrin Walls and Dexter McDougle: The battle for starting No. 2 cornerback is not over. Kyle Wilson, rookie Dexter McDougle and Darrin Walls may all challenge Dimitri Patterson for the No. 2 job. Those who lose that battle will compete for the slot or nickel role.
WR David Nelson: He was unemployed when the 2013 season began. The Jets picked him up after four games and his 36 receptions tied Bilal Powell for second place on the team.
QB Michael Vick: Vick's importance is up to Geno Smith. If Smith fulfills the potential of 2013's last four games, he may finally earn the title of franchise quarterback and relegate Vick to expensive insurance policy. At least the Jets have such a policy for 2014.
RB Bilal Powell: Powell doesn't have the power of a Chris Ivory or the breakaway speed of a Chris Johnson or Mike Goodson. He just shows up for work week after week and finds a way to contribute. His 176 carries and 36 receptions yielded 969 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.
TE Jace Amaro: In 2013, Kellen Winslow was the backup tight end on paper and caught 31 passes to Jeff Cumberland's 26. This year, rookie Jace Amaro may occupy a similar role. After catching 106 passes for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns in his final collegiate season, the tight end/wide receiver hybrid is ready to provide new options for Marty Mornhinweg's offense.
RB Chris Ivory: 2013's team rushing leader with 833 yards and three touchdowns will get his chances to carry the rock. Ivory added two receptions to his 182 carries, and improving that part of his game would make him harder to remove from the field.
WR Jeremy Kerley: If the depth chart included a place for starting slot receiver, that would be Kerley's place. He deserves better treatment after leading the Jets in receiving for the past two years, keeping the offense together when bigger names such as Santonio Holmes left with injuries.