Projecting the Jets 2014 final roster: Offense

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

After 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…

geno-smith2Quarterback [3]
1. Geno Smith
2. Michael Vick
3. Tajh Boyd

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 [8]
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.

eric-deckerWide Receivers [7]
1. Eric Decker
2. Jeremy Kerley
3. David Nelson
4. Stephen Hill
5. Jacoby Ford
6. Jalen Saunders
7. Shaq Evans

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 [3]
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.

chris-johnson2Running Backs [4]
1. Chris Johnson
2. Chris Ivory
3. Bilal Powell
4. Tommy Bohanon

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.




268 comments
Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

That WR battle is intense, but has disappointed me somewhat. Decker is clearly a cut above the rest, and that is worrisome for the nimber 2 slot. 

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

Dakota Dozier not on the roster and Oday Aboushi is? WoW! just cant see that happening. Either Dozier comes up with a mystery injury or some one else goes bye-bye!

williamg1
williamg1

Its pretty obvious Idzik screwed up by having too many draft picks. 

Tooned In
Tooned In

I will forget about Clyde Gates

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@Paul Samuels  If you go by the pundits view that Decker is not good, then that makes the others look bad.

If you go b the view that he is truly a 1300 yard receiver, and the pundits just can't see past his skin color, then it's not so bad.

In my opinion Decker is a good part of the reason our receiving core(and QBs) has taken a giant leap in efficiency.

Peyton rose Decker's level, true, but he hasn't regressed, and now he's raising the level of our team.

Just look how Wayne, Hilton, and Garcon have done, and Decker is smarter, and more affable than any of them.

Best signing of the season IMO

Bent
Bent moderator

@Ron Alexander Well, Oday has been working with the first team a lot of the time and Dozier has not, so clearly he's ahead of him at this point in time.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@williamg1 Great point, alot of those latter round picks may not even make the practice squad this year, what was the brilliance in not trying get additional 3rd and forth round picks there was still alot of talent in those two rounds.

Brendan
Brendan

Chip Kelly on why he thinks the NFL draft is overrated hahaha. 

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Tooned In Hahaha. I really don't see the point of Clyde Gates on the team for training camp. The team knows what they are getting here are there are so many guys at his level in camp.

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Bent @Ron Alexander Having a seasons advantage on Dozier is the likely reason he is ahead at this time.Hard to imagine a rookie learning a completely new position being handed a starting gig ahead of a guy who at least technically on the team for a full season. long term i believe Dozier will be the better player by a wide margin. I still think a lot of the Aboushi hype is just that. hey, if he turns out to be the real deal that will be great.it would be the equivalent to getting an additional 3rd round pick in this years draft because he was pretty much useless last year. I'm sure you recall i am not fan of this guy but if he can really help this team my order for his jersey will be in the mail fort wit!

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@Bent @Ron Alexander  I can't see spending a year training Campbell just to let him walk either. We have the preseason games to see how they've progressed. I'm predicting he doesn't allow them to cut him. In fact I'm betting at WR/CB/OG we have a couple guy we can trade for 6th round picks rather than cut them.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Bent @Ron Alexander


Give Dozier the roster spot of Stephen Hill......We didn't know Hill was there and we won't know when he's gone.....


The beauty of guys who produce nothing

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@Pablo Bruno @williamg1  They won't make the practice squad because they won't make it through waivers. Obviously he's doing something better than the other GMs.

How are you supposed to know which players are going to pan out?

It's the competition that is making this work. How do you have a competition without the players?

Also if they are really that good, then we could probably get back some of those 6th round picks for them.  

williamg1
williamg1

@Brendan @williamg1 Its coming, you know it. 

Just wait until we make some tough choices at cutdown. Joey and company will start with the "now we let player X go to the Patriots". 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan

Even though Chip Kelly probably never would have drafted Jordan Matthews before his solid 40 time quelled fears that he wasn't going to be fast enough.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@williamg1 @Tooned In


Don't forget Stephen Hill & Sanchez right there next to Gates (who is the best of the bunch)

marcus81
marcus81

@Ron Alexander @Bent  Dozier was considered one of the 100 players in the draft, no way you try to slip him into the PS, someone out there will know his potential and grab him

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Steven Windeler @Bent @Ron Alexander that makes a lot more sense to me than exposing Dozier to waivers and hoping to stash him on the practice squad.That's just not gonna happen. If we kept Campbell and Aboushi on the 53 all last season for fear of loosing them i just can't see any way Dozier would go un-claimed.

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 That's a yearly tradition, I've actually gotten used to it. 

juunit
juunit

@tsjc68 @Brendan 

Yeah, that seems to be the total opposite of the way Oregon recruited. I mean, I understand him saying it's boring to watch. But, it seems to me like he puts quite a bit of stock in the results from the combine and players' pure athleticism. 

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks Why Hill gets mentioned here is beyond me. I mean, besides your irrational and personal dislike for him. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Brendan @williamg1 One of the reasons I want Sudfeld to make the team and play well is to stick it to the Pats.  No excuse for floating on waivers a 6-7, mobile TE when Gronk is always injured.  But, nobody criticizes the Pats for dumb cuts.

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit Honest question, do they have combines for high school kids yet? 


I would think Oregon recruited fast guys who also played fast, whereas people go gaga over the combine and ignore what's on the film a lot of the time. 

Zartan
Zartan

True but then the younger gen may never know the story. I love the new versions of time machine and the count of monte Cristo.

Brendan
Brendan

@BDarc23 Although they tied this one to an actor who is actually talented, so maybe this one turns out better than those remakes? 


(forever the optimist, I know)

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@SackDance99


BB can be a world class all-time great coach.  As far as acquiring veterans and draft picks, I think he's in the middle of the pack.

Conversely, he has let players go who deserve to remain.  It's demonstrated every season.

jenkins
jenkins

@Brendan @juunit They just had a combine-type event at the Nike center called "The Opening." It's the HS version. You'll hear a lot about it from now on. It's a little different in the vertical jump and the 40's may be about .15 seconds faster than accurate, but it will be a hit with recruitnicks.

juunit
juunit

@Brendan @juunit 

The only thing I'm aware of is the East - West game, which obviously only includes the "top" guys in the country. 


At the same time, the websites that track high school players usually have 40 times. I don't know if those 40 times are estimates, based on word of mouth or actually come from a legitimate source.


I wouldn't be surprised if the players at the East - West game go through some actual drills though.

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks Heard you the first time, doesn't make it any less silly to repeat it. 

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Brendan @BDarc23 And I suppose they remake Batman and Spiderman every couple of years and seem to do well

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@Lloyd Jay Reife @SackDance99  He's no where near the middle. He's done himself, and Brady a real disservice by not having a real GM.

First 4 years 3 SB rings. Next 10, 0.

If Rex, and Idzik had Brady for 10 years, how many rings do they win?  

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Tooned In @BDarc23 @williamg1 It's a good test for the remake of Blade Runner and replacing Harrison Ford


Edit: Scratch that..Blade Runner will be a sequel possibly with Harrison Ford

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Steven Windeler @Lloyd Jay Reife @SackDance99 Interesting question but truthfully,I think your giving Idzik and Rex way too much credit at this point. Yes Rex has a great defensive mind but his failure to take ownership of the entire team has at least contributed to the last three lousy seasons. As for Idzik, other than drafting Sheldon Richardson what exactly has he done so far that makes anybody think he's some type of genius? He's now drafted 19 players and only Richardson has established himself as a  key piece of the puzzle. Yes Milliner and Geno showed great potential,but to date that's all they have done. The rest of the 2013 draft is still very much questionable at best. As for this years draft, its likely only two will make significant contributions this season so there will be 10 more question marks that only time will tell us about. It's just too early to proclaim Idzik and his plan successful. So in spite of Bilacheat's stubborn insistence on imitating Jerry Jones by not hiring a real G.M. I don't think we want to compare our guys to the success New England has had since Bilacheat arrived.

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks More fans would be happy if he turns out to be a solid player. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Brendan @bradysucks


That would make me happy.......but when does this happen and what have you seen that makes you think it is gonna happen??


Nothing I've seen makes me think he's any good

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks You'd say this even if he had been doing well at camp, which some people say is the case this year. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Brendan @bradysucks


Camp means ZERO....


He sucks at game time.....and he's running out of time.....but whatever....


Hope he proves me wrong but NOT betting on it...