The NFL Draft is just a few days away. Which prominent players on the Jets could see their roster spots vanish depending on what the team chooses to do?
Geno Smith has the widest range of possible outcomes for the Jets in 2016. If the season began today, he would be the team's starting quarterback. Meanwhile, if the Jets take a quarterback in the first three rounds of the Draft, he might not have a roster spot. Indications are the Jets want to have a veteran like Ryan Fitzpatrick or Brian Hoyer on the roster. The rookie would take up another slot. Bryce Petty would be the third quarterback. There would be no reason to carry a fourth. The Jets might eventually hold Geno through the preseason in case somebody got hurt since he probably is not tradeable. His path to the roster becomes difficult to see, though.
The Jets will still need to maneuver a bit to have cap space to work with for in-season signings. While the team has kept Giacomini on board for the time being, he would remain a logical cut since releasing him would open up over $4 million in new cap space. If the Jets take a tackle early, Breno is a goner.
Folk is another avenue the Jets could use to open up cap space, over $2 million in this instance. Folk hit a few clutch kicks early in his career, which have given him a big reputation. Unfortunately, his performance has not matched that reputation. For most of his tenure, Folk has been a below average kicker, less reliable than the perception. A late round kicker could help the Jets save money and get better with any luck.