As is always the case this time of year, 95 percent of the roster —and has been for some time — is set. Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan will do their best not to tip their hands, but make no mistake there's only a few roster spots that are actually up for grabs.
But while most of the spots are set there are a few tough decisions that will make finalizing the 53-man roster a little trickier than normal. Will the Jets really keep fours quarterbacks? How many rookie receivers will they keep? How many linebackers? With injury concerns with Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle will the Jets need to comb the waiver wire for cornerback depth?
We will have to wait until Friday and Saturday for these answers and, as always, remember surviving the initial 53-man roster cuts doesn't mean those players will all make the team as they could still wind up getting cut when the Jets make a few waiver claims of their own. But for now here are JetsInsider's prediction for the final roster.
I'm rolling with just three quarterbacks but I won't rule out the Jets keeping four. I think it would be silly to keep four but they just might decide to do so. If they do keep four I don't think they'd keep them all for the entire season, they could hold onto Bryce Petty for a week or two then release him and hope to sneak him on the practice squad at that point. But ultimately I think they roll that dice before the roster is set.
FB (1) - Tommy Bohanon
I really want to include Charone Peake here but I think Ross makes the roster as a the kick returner and as the sixth receiver. Jalin Marshall has been the most consistent of the three rookie receivers and Anderson has exploded in the last couple of weeks, Peake has been solid throughout but hasn't flashed nearly as much as the other two. I think Peake will be one of those who initially make the 53-man roster until they need room to sign someone else, then they'll keep their fingers crossed that he clears waivers so they can stash him on the practice squad.
The problem here is, there's no backup center among this group. Still I couldn't bring myself to include Wesley Johnson or Dakota Dozier. Dozier hasn't been very good and Johnson has had so much trouble with the simple act of snapping the ball that there has to be a center that gets cut from another that the Jets will claim off waivers. There has to be.
The Jets will need another corner, I just don't think that corner is on the roster right now. I thought it would be Dexter McDougle — and maybe if he can play Thursday night and stay healthy they'll keep him — but he just can't stay healthy. None of the other cornerbacks in camp have done anything to make me think they will make the roster but if they do keep one of them I'll guess it's Kevin Short.
K (1) - Nick Folk
P (1) - Lachlan Edwards
LS (1) - Tanner Purdum
I'm aware that this only adds up to 51 players, but as I said I expect the Jets to claim a center and a cornerback on waivers and that of course would get them to 53.
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