Jets depth chart projection: who makes final 53-man roster into regular season?

Jets depth chart projection
New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers walks to the sidelines before the first half of an NFL preseason football game between the Carolina Panthers and the New York Jets, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

We’re at the midway point for the New York Jets in the preseason and a full month away from the start of the 2023 NFL regular season. 

Before the Jets can even prepare for their Monday Night battle against Buffalo though, the team needs first to figure out who will play in some of the more critical positions on the roster. Luckily for them, their answers are beginning to be solved as the preseason continues. 

New York may be coming off a 27-0 dismantling of the Carolina Panthers, but many of the position battles that have been observed to this point seem to be drawing to a close already. Let’s take a look at how the Jets are expected to look heading into Week One. 

A reminder that this is only a projection and not an announcement made by the New York Jets at this time. 


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Aaron Rodgers practices with Jets against PanthersAP Photos


Jets Offensive Projection
Position First Second Third Fourth  
WR Corey Davis Mecole Hardman Jr.      
TE C.J. Uzomah Jeremy Ruckert      
LT Duane Brown Billy Turner      
LG Laken Tomlinson Wes Schweitzer      
C Connor McGovern Joe Tippmann      
RG Alijah Vera-Tucker Wes Schweitzer      
RT Mekhi Becton Max Mitchell Carter Warren    
TE Tyler Conklin Jeremy Ruckert      
WR Garrett Wilson Randall Cobb      
WR Allen Lazard Mecole Hardman Jr.      
QB Aaron Rodgers Zach Wilson Tim Boyle    
RB Breece Hall Michael Carter Zonovan Knight Israel Abanikanda  
FB Nick Bawden  


  • If the New York Jets want to find a solution to their tackle crisis, it needs to start this week with joint practices against Tampa. It also means giving Mekhi Becton first-team reps to see what he can do against starters. New York’s patient approach with him has been commendable, but if the Jets want to play the five best offensive linemen, they need to make sure he is on the field. 
  • It’s hard to envision where New York goes at running back as long as Dalvin Cook remains available. If Cook decides against going to Gang Green, then all four running backs could remain safe. If Cook comes to the Jets, it could mean they only keep three on the active roster. 
  • What the team will do at receiver is also very interesting. They could keep six players and like Malik Taylor and Jason Brownlee battle it out, or neither could make the team and be sent to the practice squad to start the 2023 season. For the benefit of starting out strong, I think they’ll start away from the 53-man roster.
  • Remember, the third quarterback no longer counts towards the active roster on gameday so the Jets offense currently employs 27 players on the active roster with this projection. Let’s see what the defense looks like now. 


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FILE – New York Jets’ Quinnen Williams speaks to reporters after a practice at the NFL football team’s training facility in Florham Park, N.J., May 24, 2022. Williams and the Jets have agreed, Thursday, July 13, 2023, to a four-year contract extension worth $96 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)AP Photos


Jets Defensive Projection
Position First Second Third Fourth Fifth
EDGE Jermaine Johnson Carl Lawson Will McDonald IV    
DL Quinnen Williams Quinton Jefferson      
DL Al Woods Solomon Thomas      
EDGE John Franklin-Myers Micheal Clemons Bryce Huff    
LB Jamien Sherwood Zaire Barnes      
LB C.J. Mosley Chazz Surratt      
LB Quincy Williams        
NB Michael Carter II        
CB Sauce Gardner Bryce Hall Jimmy Moreland    
CB D.J. Reed Brandin Echols      
S Jordan Whitehead Ashtyn Davis      
S Tony Adams Adrian Amos    


  • There are a lot of good defensive players that are going to be on the chopping block. Bruce Hector and Deslin Alexandre both had excellent preseason games in Carolina, but the defensive line depth is too deep for open roster spots. 
  • New York’s linebacking core is pretty much already settled except for a couple of backup roles. Nick Vigil looked good in spurts but the battle seems to be won by Chaz Surratt. I still give the WILL battle to Jamien Sherwood but Zaire Barnes is making it a very close competition. 
  • Remember, Brandin Echols is suspended for the first week of the season so while the team is expected to keep him on the roster, expect a call-up to be made to someone like Jarrick Bernard-Converse who is still recovering from his offseason injury.
  • The roster now sits at 50 with three special team spots available.

Special Teams

Jets Special Teams Projection
Position First Second Third Fourth Fifth
K Greg Zuerlein        
P Thomas Morstead        
H Thomas Morstead        
PR Mecole Hardman Jr.        
KR Mecole Hardman Jr.        
LS Thomas Hennessy


  • The Jets’ special teams units are as complete as they have ever had in recent memory. This should be a very good group.

And here we are. This is how the Jets starting roster expects to look on opening night against Buffalo, but as always, things can certainly change. Do you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments!

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