The Jets released their early depth chart today.
Not many surprises are there. The one that primarily catches my eye is Marquice Cole being ahead of Donald Strickland at cornerback. Cole developed nicely and seemed to get better last year in coverage down the stretch in subpackages. Depending on how he and Kyle Wilson develop, the cornerback depth has a chance to go from very good to filthy. Imagine Donald Strickland as number five.
Eric Smith is ahead of Brodney Pool. That is a bit surprising, but I am not sure how significant it is. The safeties are probably going to sub a lot. It seems like a nod to how good Smitty is in the locker room. I really like what the Jets have at the position. There is no star, but there are guys who can play the run, guys good in coverage, a playmaker in Brodney Pool, and the enforcer in Smitty.
Also of note is Jeremy Kerley topping the chart as both a kick returner and a punt returner. I am a bit leery of giving a rookie such responsibility, but he seems to be doing really well at practice. I would not mind Jim Leonhard or some other sure handed guy getting the call when an opponent is trying to pin the Jets deep.
See the entire depth chart under the jump. Give your thoughts below.
FB: John Conner, Brian Toal
P: T.J. Conley, Chris Bryan
Holder: T.J. Conley, Chris Bryan
PR: Jeremy Kerley, Kyle Wilson, Joe McKnight
KR: Jeremy Kerley, Kyle Wilson, Antonio Cromartie, Joe McKnight