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Who Makes The 53: New York Jets Final Roster Predictions

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We are knee deep in preseason, and the coaches have their hands full, trying to evaluate the 90 or so players out there. There are a lot of players that are guaranteed spots, but for many, this luxury eludes them. The battles are raging, and it's hard not to get excited for the young talent that will make up our 2014 New York Jets. Here is who I think will be on the final 53.

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Offense

Quarterback: (Spots- 3)

Geno Smith

Michael Vick

Matt Simms

Analysis: Geno and Vick are the sure things at QB. Even though it is still unclear to the media who will be starting, it is very clear they will make the final 53. The real battle is for the 3rd spot. The battle between Simms and Boyd has been a sad affair. It has looked like a pile of ineffectiveness fighting against a puddle of disappointment. I would almost prefer to got with 2 QBs, and use that 3rd spot for someone more deserving. Unfortunately, with two running QBs, they might feel better with a 3rd guy around.

Running Backs: (Spots- 4)

Chris Johnson

Chris Ivory

Bilal Powell

Daryl Richardson

Analysis: The solids here are CJ, Ivory and Powell. We will be running a great deal this year, but I doubt we keep 5 RBs. The last spot is between Daryl Richardson and Alex Green. Both RBs have looked good so far. This will be a tough decision for our guys in charge, but I believe in the end, Richardson offers more versatility and depth.

Fullbacks: (Spots- 1)

Tommy Bohanon

Analysis: FB is a dying position in the NFL, but we will still field one this season. Bohanon had about as bad of a rookie season as you could have. He needed to improve a great deal to keep his job. Right now, he looks pretty mediocre.  Young has a high ceiling, and could already be better than T Bo. I love Young, but he hasn't really been getting many if any 1st team reps. Rex might want to stick with T Bo for now at least.

Wide Receivers: (Spots- 6)

Eric Decker

David Nelson

Jeremy Kerley

Stephen Hill

Jalen Saunders

Greg Salas

Analysis: This is the most undetermined group on the team. The only guys I can be positive that they are going to make it, are Decker and Kerley. Right now, it looks like Evans will be put on IR, and will be given his chance to compete for a spot next year.. Hill will probably also make the team. We will give this 2nd round pick every chance to succeed. It sounds like this will be his last chance though. Out of all the rookies, Saunders has shown to be the most developed. His speed and grit will make him a weapon. Greg Salas has had an amazing camp so far. He also shined at the Green & White scrimmage. Salas will make it very hard for Idzik/Rex to let him go.

Tight Ends: (Spots- 3)

Jeff Cumberland

Jace Amaro

Zach Sudfeld

Analysis: I think the TE group is a fairly simple one to predict. The funny (not so funny) thing is that it's also the weakest group. Cumby, Amaro and Studfeld will almost surely make the final 53. Anderson and Pantale have a shot to make the practice squad.

Offensive Linemen: (Spots- 8)

Breno Giacomini

Willie Colon

Nick Mangold

Oday Aboushi

D'Brickashaw Ferguson

Brian Winters

Dalton Freeman

Dakota Dozier

Analysis: There aren't many surprises here. Freeman has had a very good camp so far. He was having one last year as well, before he was injured. That left the door open for Schlauderaff. This year he is healthy, and outperforming Schlauderaff. The spot is his to me. We would be fools to let Dozier go, in the hopes of him making the practice squad. He would almost certainly be snatched up. The only unexpected thing here is that there really isn't a decent backup tackle option. Oday can be used as a swing tackle if needed, but I wouldn't be too confident there. I think if came down to Salas or Ijalana, I believe Salas can offers us more.

Defense

Defensive Linemen: (Spots- 6)

Muhammad Wilkerson

Damon Harrison

Sheldon Richardson

Leger Douzable

Kenrick Ellis

Jason Babin

Analysis: There is so much talent in this group, that I wish we could keep everyone. If you are a new guy, unfortunately, there isn't much of a chance that you make the final 53. The only exception here will be Jason Babin. He was brought in as a safety net for Barnes. Since then, Cunningham has gone down for the year with a torn Achilles. I believe Babin will nestle up with a very comfy pass rushing role on our D.

Linebackers: (Spots- 7)

Quinton Coples

Demario Davis

David Harris

Calvin Pace

Nick Bellore

Trevor Reilly

IK Enemkpali

Analysis: The linebackers look to be a lot deeper than in years past. The battles to look at here, are at the backup ILBer and OLBer positions. On the inside, the veteran Bellore is fighting off the rookie Jeremiah George and camp standout, A.J. Edds. George looks destined for the practice squad. Edds is someone who is making a case to make this team, but I think Bellore holds on. On the outside, we have two rookies that have played well so far, with Enemkpali looking like a very good addition. I don't think Idzik wants to see either of these guys get picked up. I think Barnes might start the season on the pup list.

Cornerbacks: (Spots- 6)

Dee Milliner

Dimitri Patterson

Kyle Wilson

Darrin Walls

Ellis Lankster

Ras-I Dowling

Analysis: The depth and health of this group is very much in question. There might still be an addition once cut-downs begins, but right now this group looks like this. I can see Rex and Idzik bringing on more CBs than 6 if the injuries purist. After starting off hot this offseason, Dowling has cooled off, but should make the team with all the question marks with the guys ahead of him.

Safeties: (Spots- 6)

Calvin Pryor

Dawan Landry

Antonio Allen

Jaiquawn Jarrett

Rontez Miles

Josh Bush

Analysis: With the CB group as thin as it is right now, the Jets will probably load up on safeties. There should be a lot of 3 safety sets to sort of fill the void of proper CBs. One of these spots might be removed if the Jets decide to add another name at CB.

Special Teams: (Spots- 3)

Nick Folk

Tanner Purdum

Jacob Schum

Analysis: The only real battle here is at punter. I don't think anyone is really pleased with either option we have tight now. I am going with Schum over Quigley just because it seems like everyone is sick of Quigley. There has to be someone better out there, no?