Originally written on One Jet At A Time  |  Last updated 8/5/13
It's still pretty early to tell who will make the final cut for the 2013 NY Jets roster. However, some players have already gained edges on others, and some have fallen perhaps too far back to recover. Lets take a look at the progress on both sides of the ball. Wide Receivers: Santonio Holmes Santonio is still due to make 7.5 Million this season. The Jets are really crossing their fingers he's back before November - Guaranteed Spot Stephen Hill Hill has already shown progression from last season. Actually catching balls thrown into his direction is definitely a step forward. He's also shown his God-Given athleticism hurrying back to catch an under-thrown pass from rookie Geno Smith for a huge gain in training camp. Although in 2012, he led the team in receptions during the preseason as well, lets hope it spills over into the regular season this time - Guaranteed Spot Jeremy Kerley He stepped up his 2012 game last year when he was basically the only target any QB that started for the Jets had. He seized his opportunity and will be playing as the 2nd or 3rd receiver coming into the 2013 season. - Guaranteed Spot Clyde Gates Usually going unnoticed in trips or twins, Gate's as reliable as they come. He's also one of the biggest surprises so far in training camp, shocking everyone on the field with his improved play. - Guaranteed Spot Braylon Edwards Having a report already established with your QB is a huge asset in a young team. The Jets decision to bring back Edwards was a solid move at best, giving either QB that starts some real veteran presence in the huddle. - More than likely making the cut Zach Rogers Now this is a kid I can get excited about. Coming out of nowhere and already impressing at OTA's and training camp thus far, Rogers could prove to be a reliable piece in this shaky injury prone receiver core. While he didn't do much in the scrimmage yesterday, expect him to have a solid rookie season. - More than likely making the cut Vidal Hazleton Seemingly a practice squad potential talent, Hazleton has really stepped up so far in camp. In Saturday's scrimmage he made some really nice catches. Don't be surprised if he sneaks on the roster before week one. - More than likely making the cut Titus Ryan The speedster from Las Vegas is still looking to prove his worth in the NFL. His hands may be questionable, but his work ethic and ability to run may earn him a spot here. You can never have enough speed. - May or may not make the cut Honorable Mentions or Practice Squad Members: Ben Obamanu Jordan White Joseph Collins Marcus Davis K.J. Stroud Thomas Mayo Ryan Spadola Rest of the positions after the jump... Running Backs Chris Ivory Signing a multi-year deal is a clear indication that Ivory will be the starter if he stays healthy. Currently hurt but should be ready to go by week 1. - Guaranteed Spot Bilal Powell From potential 4th string, to either starting or backing up Ivory, Powell has really impressed so far in camp. He's looking like a lock to win the #2 RB spot, if not the starter. - Guaranteed Spot Lex Hillard and Thomas Bohanon The veteran is fighting hard for the fullback spot, while the young rookie is doing the same. Originally, only one would have made the cut, but with the now lack of depth it's possible they both do. - More than likely making the cut John Griffin Hasn't done anything to really impress in camp, but since the injuries keep creeping up, he may end up on the roster after all. - May or may not make the cut Mike Goodson Goodson has been on leave of absence since the start of training camp. He's a ghost. - May or may not make the cut Joe McKnight So much for, "they'll have to kill me to take my spot", as McKnight initially did not pass his conditioning test before training camp. On an already deep department, that wasn't the smartest move trying to earn a spot on the 53 man roster. - May or may not make the cut Offensive Line Already Starting: C Nick Mangold, T D'Brickashaw Ferguson, G Willie Colon, T Austin Howard G Brian Winters/Stephen Petermen G/C/T Caleb Schlauderaff He's been in this game for years, and it doesn't look like he's going anywhere. Providing depth, veteran presence and versatility on the line will prove to be a huge asset with injuries going forward. - More than likely making the cut C Dalton Freeman The young center out of Clemson has been turning heads all camp long to make the backup spot. Unfortunately for him, a high ankle sprain is keeping him off the field and off the depth chart for now. - More than likely making the cut G Vladimir Ducasse Vlad has been doing exactly what everyone thought he would. Playing to his backup depth potential. Expect him to be backing up Winters and Colon. - More than likely making the cut T Oday Aboushi The young rookie is very strong and will provide much needed depth learning behind Ferguson and Howard. - More than likely making the cut Honorable Mentions or practice squad members: Trey Gilleo Mark Popek William Campbell Dennis Landolt Tight Ends Kellen Winslow The motherf'n soldier, has been taking light reps in camp, he's mostly been on the training bike to ease him in without injury. Hopefully he'll come close to what he initially was with Tampa Bay. - Guaranteed Spot Jeff Cumberland Jeff has been turning heads himself in such a thin core of tight ends. Him and Winslow will be sharing time all season long. - Guaranteed Spot Honorable mentions or practice squad members: Chris Pantale Hayden Smith Konrad Reuland Mike Shanahan Quarterbacks Mark Sanchez Sanchez still looks exactly the same as he has been. Shows instances of greatness, the next snap, throws a pick, overthrows a receiver, etc. I've been saying its time he steps up and becomes the quarterback we know he can be, but his inconsistencies may prove to be his downfall. - Guaranteed Spot Geno Smith Geno looks like a rookie in training camp so far. A couple of hiccups, but you can see his overall upside. If he can figure out how to take a snap under center without any difficulties, Sanchez's days in NY are over. - Guaranteed Spot Greg McElroy The Alabama man everyone discounts continues to show the reasons why he can be great in the NFL. With him at 3rd string the QB core will be quite deep. - May or may not make the cut Matt Simms The favorite to make the 3rd string role has done anything but impress so far at camp. The kids got a canon, but that's not a complete quarterback. - May or may not make the cut Defensive Line Already Starting: DE Muhammad Wilkerson, T Kenrick Ellis T Antonio Garay Garay has a chance to dominate on the defensive line. He's been inconsistent in the past, but on this defense anything is possible. - More than likely making the cut DE Sheldon Richardson The first round pick has tremendous upside, and opposite Wilkerson they could end up being one of the most dangerous lines for years to come. - Guaranteed Spot T Damon Harrison Rex has been saying how disappointed he was in last years goal line defense. So retaining Harrison's ridiculous size to the mix should improve that. - More than likely making the cut Honorable Mentions or Practice Squad Members: Jake McDonough Tevita Finau Linebackers Already Starting: ILB David Harris, OLB Quinton Coples, ILB Demario Davis OLB Calvin Pace Coming off a disappointing 2012, Calvin is looking to improve with another shot Rex has given him. Already recording a sack in the Green and White scrimmage, things are looking up for the veteran backer, even though he'll most likely be playing one down a series. - Guaranteed Spot ILB Josh Mauga Josh will most likely share the same role he had last year. Merely a backup, but still important in terms of depth. - More than likely making the cut OLB Ricky Sapp and ILB Nick Bellore Both backers are fighting for a spot on the roster, and both have a decent shot. They probably won't be starters, but if an injury occurs, you can bet one of them will be in right away. They also shared a sack in Sat's Green and White scrimmage. - More than likely making the cut OLB Garrett McIntyre He hasn't made much noise during camp so far, but he's been a solid addition in the past. We will probably see him in green and white by the time the regular season starts. - More than likely making the cut Honorable Mentions or Practice Squad Members: Sean Progar-Jackson Jacquies Smith Troy Davis JoJo Dickson Danny Lansanah Defensive Backs Already Starting: CB Antonio Cromartie, S Dawan Landry CB Kyle Wilson So far in training camp, Wilson has made some improvements. Good timing, as well, because of the signing of Milliner was almost a guarantee he would lose his position. All we can do is hope he can continue to progress and bring it forward into Week 1. - Guaranteed Spot CB Dee Milliner The "replacement" Revis, has some giant shoes to fill. And while expectations are so high, it'd be unfair to believe he could be as good as Revis was. After a week-long, back and forth before he signed his contract, he's been steadily easing into training camp. He should be ready to go for Detroit this weekend. - Guaranteed Spot S Antonio Allen So far so good for the young safety. Recording two tackles for loss in yesterday's scrimmage, he has impressed Rex with his physical play. It just may earn him a spot here. - More than likely making the cut CB Eric Crocker  Cut by Jets The un-drafted cornerback has looked sharp since joining the Jets. With an interception yesterday against Matt Simms, he's already showing NY that he's here to play, not just make the roster. - More than likely making the cut CB Ellis Lankster Lankster has to do a lot to make sure he can get on the roster. And breaking up a play on a 3rd down against a Geno Smith pass is a good way to start. - More than likely making the cut Safeties Josh Bush, Bret Lockett, Jaiqwaun Jarrett, Rontez Miles With the departure of Eric Smith, the free safety position is truly wide open. Allen most likely gets the job, but it's still very early to tell. Image: New York Jets Official Site
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