On Monday the New York Jets released their first official depth chart of training camp. The starting lineup, including Geno Smith at quarterback, was listed as expected with a few surprises at the reserve positions. Based on the improved team depth and some of the early injuries it is evident that there will be several changes to the depth chart over the next 3 weeks.
Wide receivers- Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson, Clyde Gates, Greg Salas, and Stephen Hill were listed as the top 6 pass catchers for the Jets. Salas is the biggest surprise as he turned heads with an excellent showing in the Green and White scrimmage. It will be interesting to see if Jacoby Ford, Jalen Saunders, or Shaq Evans can find a way into this group with strong performances under the bright lights of preseason action.
Cornerbacks- Dee Milliner and Dimitri Patterson are listed as the starters with Dexter McDougle and Kyle Wilson as the second string. Keep an eye on the play of Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster, and Brandon Dixon as they push the rookie McDougle.
Safeties- Dawan Landry starts opposite Antonio Allen as rookie Calvin Pryor continues to deal with concussion symptoms. Rontez Miles really stood out at the Green and White scrimmage and could push Jaiquawn Jarrett for a roster spot. Watch for Josh Bush as the safety has displayed good range and could work his way into the mix as well.
Kick returners- There is some fierce competition on special teams as the Jets have several speed burners competing for spots. Rookie Jalen Saunders is listed as the punt returner while Jacoby Ford will handle kickoffs. Watch for Saalim Hakim as his world-class speed could push Ford. Jacoby may have to prove himself on offense in order to nail down his spot on the team.
Let the competition begin
The New York Jets kickoff the preseason this Thursday night at MetLife Stadium (7 p.m. EST). The aforementioned position battles should be a lot of fun to watch as Gang Green gets their first chance at live action. It is one thing to make plays in practice, a different level when it comes under the bright lights of game action. It will be very interesting to see how head coach Rex Ryan allocates reps throughout the game. Every snap counts for young guys trying to make the team.
The countdown to kickoff is on Jets fans!