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Decker is the only player on the roster who is guaranteed to be in the starting lineup on a weekly basis. He was one of the few "splurges" the Jets made in free agency (although the contract was very responsible), and he will be a huge factor in the offense this year.
It has been long-debated whether or not Decker is a true No. 1 or simply a high-end No. 2, but on the Jets, he is the unquestioned go-to man for Geno Smith.
He may not technically be a starter, but Kerley is the only other receiver on the depth chart who is virtually guaranteed to be on the roster in 2014 as the team's slot receiver.
He may have failed to establish himself as the primary punt returner, but he has been the Jets' most consistent pass-catcher since he was drafted in 2011 and could be on the brink of stardom with an improved Smith throwing to him in 2014.
There is not much in-between when it comes to David Nelson's role with the Jets in 2014—either he wins the No. 2 job opposite Decker or fails to make the roster entirely.
His best asset is his reported chemistry with Geno Smith, but he does not offer enough upside to retain on the bottom of the roster over Stephen Hill or any of the drafted players.
The first drafted receiver of the 2014 class by the Jets, Saunders was one of the few receivers to stand out in camp, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. At 5'9", he has limited versatility but makes up for it with his insane combination of quickness, acceleration and toughness—making him a perfect fit for the slot and punt returner positions.
Finding a role for Saunders on offense will be difficult because of Kerley's presence, but it he is a lock to make the final roster nonetheless.
Thanks in part to a scheduling quirk from UCLA that caused Evans to miss some OTA sessions, Evans has not made quite as much of an impact as fellow fourth-round pick Saunders.
However, he has a much bigger frame that gives him a chance to eventually develop into a starter opposite Decker. For that reason alone (and the fact that he was a mid-round pick), Evans will be on the 53-man roster.
After two years of incredibly disappointing play, Hill could find himself on the chopping block if he does not make massive improvements in the all-important third year of development.
He is just 23 years old and blessed with an incredible blend of size and speed. The Jets will look for every excuse to hold onto Hill for one more season. Even showing flashes should allow for Hill to hold onto his job in 2014.
Ford was brought in to help out the return game, but he could still inject some much-needed speed into the Jets' otherwise slow receiving corps.
He will be in direct competition with the rookies for the last few spots, but his experience as a returner should give him the edge over a youngster—assuming he can stay healthy.