Initial 2022 New York Jets final 53-man roster takeaways

Ryan Moran
Lawrence Cager, Jets

Cut down day for the 2022 New York Jets is complete, for now. The roster has been curtailed from the 80 to required 53 players. Still, some possible transactions at the bottom of the roster can come about.

The Jets let some expected final roster players from the fans go. Tough calls were certainly made. In the next 24-48 hours, the Jets could potentially look to add particularly at safety, offensive tackle, defensive tackle, or elsewhere. A trade including wide receiver Denzel Mims could come to fruition shaking things up in terms of how the roster rounds out. Nonetheless, let’s take a look at the 2022 Jets initial 53-man roster.

Initial 53 by position:

Quarterback (3)

  • Zach Wilson, Joe Flacco, Mike White

The Jets had to let Chris Streveler go. As well as he performed with a limited amount of reps, the Jets’ top three quarterbacks were virtually set. It was a tough room to compete in. Now, the question becomes whether or not Streveler gets claimed or makes it through waivers for the Jets, which is likely not going to be the case.

Running Back (4)

  • Breece Hall, Michael Carter, Ty Johnson, Zonovan Knight

One of the bigger surprises was the release of Tevin Coleman. However, he could be brought back later this week. The Jets did something similar with tight end Ryan Griffin, last year. Fourth-round pick La’Mical Perine was let go. Undrafted rookie Zonovan Knight makes the initial 53. Ty Johnson is definitely one of the bigger surprises to make it.

Wide Receiver (6)

  • Elijah Moore, Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis, Braxton Berrios, Jeff Smith, Denzel Mims

The Jets waived roster hopeful Calvin Jackson who showed some intrigue this summer. He could be brought back on the practice squad. The big question here now is whether or not a deal strikes with another team for Denzel Mims.

Tight End (4)

  • Tyler Conklin, CJ Uzomah, Jeremy Ruckert, Lawrence Cager

Second-year player Kenny Yeboah and fourth-year Jet Trevon Wesco were let go. Roster hopeful who shined in the preseason, Lawrence Cager, did more than enough to make the team. This position group is vastly improved for the Jets.

Offensive Line (8)

  • OT: George Fant, Duane Brown, Max Mitchell
  • iOL: Laken Tomlinson, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Connor McGovern, Nate Herbig, Dan Feeney

The surprise up front offensively was the last-minute release of Chuma Edoga. Whether or not the Jets add another backup tackle along with Max Mitchell will be worth monitoring over the next day or two.

Edge (6)

  • Carl Lawson, Jermaine Johnson, Jacob Martin, Micheal Clemons, Bryce Huff, Vinny Curry

The two tough decisions here were waiving Bradlee Anae and Jabari Zuniga. Veteran Vinny Curry makes it in somewhat of a shocking fashion after missing some time.

Defensive Tackle (5)

  • Quinnen Williams, John Franklin-Myers, Solomon Thomas, Sheldon Rankins, Nathan Shepherd

The Jets released 2021 sixth-round pick Jonathan Marshall as well as Tanzel Smart. Ideally, one, if not both, make it through waivers without being claimed, and the Jets can keep them both on the practice squad. Marshall, in particular, has a ton of athletic traits worth sticking with.

Linebacker (4)

  • C.J. Mosley, Kwon Alexander, Quincy Williams, Jamien Sherwood

The Jets go with just four players at linebacker. Core special-teamer from a year ago in, Del’Shawn Phillips, veteran Marcell Harris, and 2021 sixth-round pick Hamsah Nasirildeen were all released. Phillips and Nasirildeen are both young and could be brought back on the practice squad.

Cornerback (6)

  • Sauce Gardner, DJ Reed, Michael Carter II, Bryce Hall, Brandin Echols, Justin Hardee

One of the bigger surprise cuts was third-year slot cornerback Javelin Guidry. Ultimately, the Jets did not want to keep seven cornerbacks. Perhaps, Brandin Echols now becomes Michael Carter II’s backup in the slot. Justin Hardee will remain a catalyst on this special teams unit for Brant Boyer.

Safety (4)

  • Jordan Whitehead, Lamarcus Joyner, Ashtyn Davis, Tony Adams

Two big shocking cuts were 2021 fifth-round pick Jason Pinnock and veteran Will Parks, who performed well this summer. On the other hand, it was certainly surprising to see Ashtyn Davis and Tony Adams both make it initially. Davis ultimately has developmental athletic traits and can contribute on special teams. Adams, the rookie undrafted free agent, not discussed a ton, clearly impressed the Jets brass.

Special Teams (3)

  • Greg Zuerlein, Braden Mann, Thomas Hennessy

These three specialists for the Jets have been set in stone for some time.