On Saturday they New York Jets held there now annual Green and White Scrimmage. Now after that was completed the coaching staff has met and decided who sits where on the teams first official depth chart for 2014. We will break down some surprises and where many new additions are listed.
Of course it all starts at quarterback and Geno Smith is number one, while Michael Vick is second with Matt Simms third and rookie Tajh Boyd fourth. Basically at running back lists Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell as a first team three headed monster, with all others as not even third stringers. Jeremy Kerley is a number one receiver along with Eric Decker, and Stephen Hill has dropped to the twos behind Decker. The three rookie wide receivers do sit lowest on the depth chart at each receiver slot, but expect that will change as they pick up the offense. The progress of Oday Aboushi has put him at number two at left guard behind Brian Winters and Dalton Freeman has moved ahead of veteran Caleb Schlauderaff behind Nick Mangold at center. Rookie Dakota Dozier is behind veteran Willie Colon at right guard. Jace Amaro is the number two tight end considering his slow progress so far.
The defensive line starters of course remain the "Sons of Anarchy." Not much has changed behind them, except T.J. Barnes making strides at the number defensive tackle slot behind Sheldon Richardson. Jason Babin sits at number two behind Quinton Coples at outside linebacker, but he has yet to have a number assignment shown on the Jets website. Rookies IK Enemkpali and Trevor Reilly are basically last in the depth at each outside spot. Jeremiah George is also fourth behind Demario Davis at the will linebacker slot. Dimitri Patterson is the starting cornerback along with, of course, Dee Milliner. Rookie Dexter McDougle has shined and is right behind Patterson ahead of even veterans Ellis Lankster and Ras-I Dowling. Johnny Patrick, added from the Chargers sits fourth behind Milliner. While Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry are still listed as the starting safeties, Calvin Pryor is right behind Allen, with Jaiquawn Jarrett and Rontez Miles, who have both played well, behind Landry at two and three respectively.
No surprise that Nick Folk and Ryan Quigley are the number ones at place kicker and punter respectively, with camp competition Andrew Furney and Jacob Schum behind each. Jacoby Ford is listed as the number one kick return man, with speedster Saalim Hakim right behind him, bumping Clyde Gates to third string. The surprise is rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders has supplanted Jeremy Kerley as the first string punt returner.
Well that sums up most of where the 90 men sit on the current New York Jets roster as they head into there first preseason game Thursday night with the Indianapolis Colts. We expect there will be changes as they pare down to 53, plus the eight man practice squad before week one in September.
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