Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comAfter four practices and thinking about the Jets for almost all my waking hours over the last five days, here’s what I see of this roster as training camp moves into it’s second phase of practices in Cortland, New York. First up, the offense…
With such a crowded roster, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets go to the season with just two quarterbacks and practice squad their third man. Either way, I think the Jets will gamble with their third stringer on Tajh Boyd. Boyd had a rough practice Sunday with some mental lapses and has room for improvement. Simms has been more settled but has made his share of mistakes and has struggled to get the ball out quickly when required. There’s more upside with Boyd for the future.
Offensive Line 
LT: D’Brickashaw Ferguson
LG: Brian Winters
C: Nick Mangold
RG: Willie Colon
RT: Breno Giacomini
Swing Guard: Oday Aboushi
Swing Tackle: Ben Ijalana
Backup Center: Dalton Freeman
It’s fascinating to watch this group solidifying before our eyes and almost have too many options. Some of the players the Jets can’t sign will undoubtedly get picked up elsewhere, but the backups are quickly coming into focus. Will Campbell and Dakota Dozier are on the outside looking in at this group, but to their credit they have shown some excellent progression. Last year the team took nine linemen into the season and didn’t play three of them (Aboushi, Ijalana and Campbell) at any point. With a much more robust roster, that’s not going to be possible. This group might even need to squeeze to seven. D’Brickashaw Ferguson has been spending much of his time before, during and after practices coaching up Ijalana. That hasn’t gone unnoticed by me. Aboushi is getting praise heaped on him from Rex Ryan after having a tough transition in the preseason of 2013. Aboushi might become the team’s extra blocker … but that hasn’t been made clear yet in camp. The Jets have long needed a backup center and Freeman seems to be their man, he can double as a backup guard.
The Jets are going to have some of their hardest decisions here and I don’t pretend to know how this will actually play out, but I could foresee the Jets working it out this way. While seven is a lot of receivers, the two rookies are playing well enough so far and the Jets might get the chance to cut and then stash Enunwa if his injury continues to drag on. Ford is the most versatile of the speedsters and has the surest hands, but injuries are the issue. Saunders seems the likely punt returner for this team and in time could challenge as the team’s slot receiver, what with Jeremy Kerley in the last year of his contract and an emphasis on pass-catching tight ends like Cumberland, Amaro and Sudfeld. Don’t forget about Clyde Gates, Greg Salas and Saalim Hakim. I could see any of those three playing their way onto the roster if they can put some good games together in the preseason.
Tight Ends 
1. Jeff Cumberland
2. Jace Amaro
3. Zach Sudfeld
Sudfeld had a good weekend and has looked good in drills and scrimmage and is an enticing red zone option at 6’7″. I can see why he was a darling in New England last summer — he’s an easy target to see and hit in non-contact drills and scrimmage. I want to see how he looks against Indy. Amaro is still learning this offense and it is going to take time; while we wait he has an impressive catch radius and has that mismatch quality I like to see in a tight end. That said, Coach Hagan needs to work extensively with Amaro on his blocking technique, specifically hand placement – he could draw flags. Cumberland will be a steady player and hold the fort for the team.
While Johnson is on a pitch count, he’s the most versatile and explosive player in this group and is taking reps with the ones on days he’s scrimmaged. Johnson has flexed all over the formation. Expect the Jets to use him in a number of ways. Ivory seems to be the hammer for this team and will be the team’s primary short-yardage back, but I expect he will some full series work as well. I love Powell in the third back role and he makes this one of the team’s deepest groups. Powell is the perfect complement to both players with his blend of power, pass protection, elusiveness and ability to catch passes out of the backfield.
For now, I am putting Tommy Bohanon with the team but unsure what his future holds. One key element I would watch is how much the coaches use an extra linemen to block during the preseason. Bohanon only had one game during the last two months of the 2013 season in which he was used for more than 20 snaps and his pass-catching, though a strength for him, is less compelling this season. The team is crowded with receivers, linebackers and defensive backs needing roster spots; don’t count out Alex Green and Daryl Richardson out as the team’s fourth back as they are having good camps and are at a minimum serious practice squad candidates.