The Jets have put out their first depth chart of the year and while it is unofficial, that doesn’t mean we won’t be combing thorough it to look for any surprises and of course, there will always be a few.
Fans who have been watching Elijah Moore make big plays on a daily basis might be surprised to see the rookie listed with the second team but fear not, Jets fans. This is more than likely a show of respect for veteran receiver Jamison Crowder who will lose a huge chunk of time to Moore this season. Expect the dynamic rookie receiver to be on the field a whole lot in 2021.
Another veteran being shown some respect is right tackle George Fant who will literally have to move mountains to start at right tackle over the recently signed Morgan Moses. Both Moses and Fant are listed as co-starters at right tackle. Look for Moses to start and for Fant to be a backup/swing tackle.
Incumbent tight end Chris Herndon is also listed as the starter despite speculation by some that free agent Tyler Kroft could steal the starting job. Herndon being with the starters clearly isn’t locked in, but this is where he should be as he looks for a huge bounce-back season. Surprisingly, Kroft is listed with the 3’s as Ryan Griffin is listed as Herndon’s backup.
Many Jets fans tuned out in the second half last season and didn't notice Chris Herndon was a different player. The guy with all the drop and fumbles disappeared in the second half of the season and we saw the promise that was evident in year 1. Biggest issue? Lack of targets. pic.twitter.com/HjbsRIWKB6
— Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) May 22, 2021
Rookie Hamsah Nasirildeen is one of the bigger surprises in being listed as a starting weak-side linebacker. It’s no surprise to see Nasirildeen play well enough to earn that spot, but to have done it this quickly is a good sign. Second-year nickel back Javelin Guidry was listed as the team’s starter in a spot that is largely up in the air.
You can see the full depth chart right here.