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Who’s That guy? Jets Training Camp Cheat Sheet

W  hile the NFL season may have come to a close roughly six months ago, free agency, the NFL draft and a few too many cocktails over the course of several summer holidays could make it feel like it’s been years since you took a peek at an up to date roster.

When you finally get around to it, there will be the names you know like the back of your hand, the less familiar names you think you heard at some point this off-season, and then of course the unknowns.  Either low-level free agent additions, undrafted free agents or tryout players who earned a spot on the 90-man roster.

Well, to help you sift through the carnage, JetNation.com presents a comprehensive look at the full roster as currently constructed with a few brief words on each player and perhaps even a link to one of our off-season articles on said player.

33 S Jamal Adams: Adams has done A LOT of talking this off-season.The time for him to back it up is fast approaching.

96 DE Henry Anderson: Anderson was added in exchange for a 7th round draft pick.  A potential steal who should help solidify the Jets D-line.

11 WR Robby Anderson: Anderson had multiple run-ins with police this off-season, but when the dust settled, he came away with just probation.  Time for Anderson to blow up with better QB play and strong supporting cast.

47 LB David Bass: Bass impressed off the edge in limited snaps last season.  He should see expanded role this season if nobody steps up.

68 LT Kelvin Beachum: Consummate professional.  Beachum is likely the Jets starting LT for another season or two.  Middle of the road player with a middle of the road salary.  Jets could do a lot worse.

6 K Taylor Bertolet: Bertolet was a 66% kicker at Texas A&M with a career long of 55 yards.  Has been cut by Rams and Broncos.

69 OL Ben Braden: Interior lineman out of Michigan who spent all of last season on the practice squad.  Mauler with limited mobility.

5 QB Teddy Bridgewater: Quality young QB with playoff experience looking to get back on the field after missing two years due to injury.  Likely trade bait at some point.

23 S Terrance Brooks: Acquired for Dexter McDougle last pre-season, Brooks returns as a depth/special teams option.

32 CB Juston Burris: Enters his third pro season after struggling in year two.  Make or break year for Burris.

40 RB Trenton Cannon: Drafted in the sixth round, the rookie running back with blazing speed will get a chance to work as return man on special teams.  Reminds some of former Jet Leon Washington.

77 OG James Carpenter: Likely entering his final season as a Jet.  Great locker room presence and hard worker but poor fit for Jets new scheme.

21 CB Morris Claiborne: Boom or bust player who moves from CB1 to CB2 with addition of Trumaine Johnson. Will he play 16 games?  Unlikely.

34 DB Jeremy Clark: Spent 2017 recovering from injury suffered at Michigan.  Never saw the field but has intriguing size and is among several young cornerbacks who will be fighting for a roster spot in 2018.

38 CB Xavier Coleman: Feel good story out of camp last season who was eventually added to the 53-man roster before suffering season-ending injury.  Could stick again in 2018 with Buster Skrine entering final year of his contract.

75 DL Xavier Cooper: Filled in admirably for malcontent Mo Wilkerson last season so was re-signed this off-season.

51 LB Brandon Copeland: Candidate to win job as edge rusher, Copeland had a long road to the Jets.

20 RB Isaiah Crowell: The Jets added Crowell to replace the departed Matt Forte.  Physical runner who has been productive in the past and hopes to reverse losing trend with the Jets.

14 QB Sam Darnold: The third overall pick is the top reason why the Jets quarterback room is stronger than ever.

49 OLB Dylan Donahue: Another Jet who had a rough off-season due to drinking and driving.  He’ll need to open some eyes early on if he wants to make the roster.  Has a big fan in Kevin Greene, but has to produce.

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Kevin Greene will look to help Dylan Donahue back from a tumultuous off-season.

70 OG Dakota Dozier: One of the few players remaining from the failed John Idzik era, Dozier has filled in admirably when called upon.

4 P Lachlan Edwards: Saw tremendous improvement from year one to year two.  Should be around for quite a while.

81 WR Quincy Enunwa: Looking to battle back from bulging disc that cost him all of 2017, Enunwa is another breakout candidate on offense if he can stay healthy.

94 DL Folorunso Fatukasi: Strong as an ox rookie who should move around quite a bit in Todd Bowles defense.

38 FB Dimitri Flowers: Arguably the best FB in the draft, Flowers was added as an undrafted free agent and is a prime candidate to stick with the Jets as part of their West Coast Offense.

62 LT Antonio Garcia: Patriots castoff just one year after being drafted in round 2 out of Troy.  Definitely a player to keep an eye on.  Excellent pass blocker who needs to be more physical in the run game.

63 OL Austin Golson: Undrafted free agent with a chance to stick due to versatility.

57 OLB Obum Gwachum: A project linebacker who spent last season on the active roster but didn’t appear in a game until late-season garbage time.  Will likely get a look to see how much progress has been made.

16 WR Chad Hansen: Second-year receiver appears to be primed for big step up in 2018.

78 C Jonotthan Harrison: Returns after serving as Wesley Johnson’s backup last season, hoping to win no. 2 spot again this year.

42 LS Thomas Hennessy: Replaced long-time snapper Tanner Purdum last season and should be back in that role in ’18.

89 TE Chris Herndon: Rookie tight end who also had an issue with drunk driving this off-season but has a very real chance to log significant playing time in 2018.

46 LB Neville Hewitt: Former Dolphins defender offers solid special teams play and could carve out a niche in Todd Bowles’ defense as a former college safety.

84 TE Bucky Hodges: Hodges hasn’t done much since coming out of Virginia Tech a couple of seasons ago, but is worth a look as a 6′ 6” target.

71 OT Ben Ijalana: Veteran tackle offers depth on both the left and right side.

76 OL Darius James: Another undrafted free agent who played left and right tackle at Auburn.

48 OLB Jordan Jenkins: Enters year three entrenched as the team’s strong side linebacker.

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Jordan Jenkins looks to take another leap forward in 2018.

88 WR Charles Johnson: Johnson is a burner at wide receiver who had some success in the past with the Vikings and Teddy Bridgewater.  He’s a long shot to make the roster, but don’t count him out.

22 CB Trumaine Johnson: The crown jewel of the Jets free agent class, Johnson’s presence gives Todd Bowles the best corner he’s had since taking over for Rex Ryan.

31 CB Derrick Jones: Freakishly athletic corner with good length who didn’t see the field last season.  Traits based player who needs some work.

10 WR Jermaine Kearse: Kearse is coming off of a career year and is a big reason why the Jets receiver room could be the best unit on the roster.

58 ILB Darron Lee: It’s year three for Lee, so no more excuses for poor and inconsistent performance.  If there’s significant growth, he’s safe.  If he continues to struggle, he won’t see a second contract with the Jets.

86 TE Jordan Leggett: Missed all of last season with a knee injury and hopes to ear n a starting job in year two.

61 C Spencer Long: Arguably the team’s most important signing.  Jets need him to stay healthy and offer huge upgrade over Wesley Johnson.

59 OLB Frankie Luvu: An undrafted free agent who did a nice job coming off the edge in college but lacks attributes that generally predict success in the NFL.  Motor and first step are positives.

95 OLB Josh Martin: Didn’t get to the QB as much as the team had hoped in ’17, but was a solid player who will get a shot to win the starting job opposite Jordan Jenkins.  Good special teams player as well.

55 OLB Lorenzo Mauldin: Flashed at times as a rookie but has been largely underwhelming since then.  Likely his last shot to stick with the Jets.

26 S Marcus Maye: Had a strong start to rookie campaign in ’17 but struggled down the stretch.  Expected to be a fixture along with Jamal Adams in secondary for years to come.

7 WR Tre McBride: Former Titans receiver who has little chance of making the roster.

15 QB Josh McCown: Could win the starting job out of camp to navigate dreadful early season schedule.  The Jets play 3 games in 11 days and their fourth game comes against arguably the top defense in the NFL in the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Ideal mentor for the young QB’s on the roster.

25 RB Elijah McGuire: McGuire looks to be a younger version of Bilal Powell.  Does everything well and clearly liked by the coaching staff.

99 DL Steve McLendon: Easily the most underrated player on the roster, McLendon looks to anchor the Jets defensive line once again in 2018.

36 S Doug Middleton: After making the team as a rookie two years ago, Middleton missed all of last season due to injury.  Making the 53-man roster again would be a good sign for the versatile DB who can play the run and the pass.

45 S Rontez Miles: A fan favorite and special teams ace, Miles is set to miss the early part of the season due to injury and could find his roster spot in jeopardy if JJ Wilcox impresses.

53 ILB Kevin Minter: An under the radar signing who could end up with a big role.  Minter played for Todd Bowles in Arizona and could spell Darron Lee from time to time if Lee should struggle again this season.

43 CB Parry Nickerson: A potential sleeper in the sixth round, Nickerson was a top-10 corner in this class according to Pro Football Focus.  Has blazing 4.32 speed and a nose for the ball.  Could wind up playing outside and in the slot.

17 WR Charone Peake: Another long shot at wide receiver, Peake missed most of last season due to injury and now has a deep receiver room to compete with.

98 DL Mike Pennel: Pennel was invisible for much of last season and committed a few bonehead penalties when he got on the field.   From that point on however, Pennel was excellent up the middle and could see an increased role this year.

56 LB Kevin Pierre-Louis: An inside linebacker who has played a little bit on the outside, Pierre-Louis could be a candidate to fill in for Avery Williamson from time to time while offering solid special teams play.

29 RB Bilal Powell: The guy who just keeps on keepin’ on.  Undervalued, underused and underappreciated, Powell just shows up every year, does everything well and does it quietly.  Impossible not to like, but will the Jets be moving on from him sooner rather than later?

1 WR Terrelle Pryor: Jets and Mike Maccagnan let him get away once, now he’s an “X” factor in the receiving room. Pryor has shown he can produce in the NFL and at 6′ 4” with sub 4.4 speed, he can be lethal if teamed with Robby Anderson.  Has to prove he can stay healthy.

79 OT Brent Qvale: Provides some depth at RT and as a blocker in jumbo packages.  Former undrafted free agent also has experience as a starter.

30 RB Thomas Rawls: Injury-prone battering ram of a back who will have to show he can stay healthy.

3 WR Andre Roberts: Primarily a return man, Roberts has little chance of making the roster if  one of the younger options steps up.

27 CB Darryl Roberts: With little proven depth on the roster, Roberts will have a shot to stick with Gang Green once again.

30 CB Rashard Robinson: A complete bust after being added via trade last season, the Jets would like nothing more than to see Robinson turn things around and use his elite physical attributes to develop in to a quality corner.

39 LB Kacy Rodgers II: Rodgers is the son of defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers.

8 K Cairo Santos: A veteran of four seasons, Santos has connected on 84.1% of his kicks, booting a career long 53-yards.

72 RT Brandon Shell: Through two pro seasons, Shell has been a quality starter who has struggled with consistency and hopes to improve on that as he enters year three.

97 DL Nathan Shepherd: The Jets third round pick in this year’s draft, Shepherd is one of many players who was drafted out of a small school in Fort Hays State, but could log considerable playing time as part of the defensive line rotation.

65 OL Dakoda Shepley: An undrafted free agent out of Canada who, on film, looks to have excellent agility and a high motor who could  make the final 53 man roster or at least stick on the practice squad in hopes of developing in to a starter.  We discussed Shepley on a recent episode of JetNation Radio right here.

93 DL Deon Simon: Despite looking like he was heading in the right direction two seasons ago, Simon was demoted to the practice squad in favor of Mike Pennel and may have a hard time hanging around beyond training camp this season.

35 CB Terrell Sinkfield: A practice squad cornerback with top-end speed, Sinkfield will get another shot to make an impression during training camp.

41 CB Buster Skrine: Under secondary coach Dennard Wilson, Skrine had his best season as a Jet.  He still has to clean up the penalties but given the lack of good secondary play around the league, you could do worse than what Skrine offered last season.

19 WR Devin Smith: The rosters are at 90, so why not give the kid one more shot?  The former second round pick has been unable to stay on the field and just how much of his speed has been lost is an unknown at this point.

85 TE Neal Sterling: Signed, waived and signed again by the Jets last season, Sterling is a converted wide receiver who impressed when he got some reps in the Jets’ week 17 loss to the Patriots.

18 WR ArDarius Stewart: As a rookie out of Alabama last season, Stewart rarely saw the field and didn’t do much when he did.  He was jumped on the depth chart by Chad Hansen and will have stiff competition for his roster spot this year.

64 OL Travis Swanson: A well below average center for the Detroit Lions last season, Swanson is presumably insurance if Spencer Long goes down if he were to make the roster.  Should that happen, the Jets won’t be much better off than they were with Johnson.

44 FB Lawrence Thomas: A nice story after moving from the defensive line to fullback last season, Thomas will have a tough time beating out undrafted free agent Dimitri Flowers.

66 DL Mych Thomas: An undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech, Thomas has surprising agility for a 6′ 1” 325 lb lineman, but in watching a few Texas Tech contests, he did some things that you wouldn’t expect from a man of his size.

83 TE Eric Tomlinson: Tomlinson is easily the best blocking tight end on the roster and did a nice enough job as a pass catcher when given the opportunity.

9 WR Jonah Trinnaman: He’ll get a chance to show what he can do as a return man, but Trinnaman is a long shot to hang around.

91 DL Courtney Upshaw: The veteran lineman was offered a deal following a minicamp tryout.  Todd Bowles loves his veterans, so Upshaw may have a shot.

87 TE Clive Walford: Walfod’s addition offsets the loss of Austin Seferian-Jenkins as he had nearly identical numbers to the departed tight end in each of his first two pro seasons before being relegated to the bench last year.

 

82 WR Lucky Whitehead: The Jets clearly like Whitehead who has been an average punt returner in his short career, with little to offer as a receiver thus far.

37 S JJ Wilcox: Wilcox has experience as both a free and strong safety.  His all-around skill set is better than that of Rontez Miles, meaning his presence gives the Jets more depth at safety.

92 DL Leonard Williams: The former sixth overall pick will be looking for a big season after putting up just two sacks last season.

54 ILB Avery Williamson: Williamson is a possible upgrade and at least a lateral move from Demario Davis who departed for New Orleans in free agency.

52 LB Anthony Wint: Another undrafted free agent, there’s little info available on Wint, who played his college ball at Florida International.  He has earned praise on a couple of occasions from Jets beat writer Manish Mehta.

67 RG Brian Winters: Winters will be looking to bounce back from a disastrous 2017 in which he was hampered by a torn abdominal muscle.  He’ll have to be much better in ’18 if the Jets are going to have any success on offense.

 

 

 

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

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Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.