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The way-too-early New York Jets 55-man depth chart projections

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The ridiculous, silly, way-too-early New York Jets 55-man depth chart projections have to be executed in earnest.

When an NFL fan sees any headline with a “way-too-early” included, usually, the best move is to completely stay away. Steer clear of the nonsense—the way-too-early 2021 mock draft a single day after the 2020 NFL draft concludes, the way-too-early Super Bowl predictions or the entirely way-too-early roster battle previews.

Just don’t avoid Jets X-Factor when that magnificent platform decides to partake.

In all seriousness, a way-too-early 55-man depth chart projection is, by most accounts, ridiculous. Every professional football team (collegiate as well, to a certain degree) experiences two completely different rosters over the course of a sole season. There’s the regular big-boy team taking center stage when the games count, and there’s also the training camp team, the deeper squad that helps mold the big-boy squad.

This training camp squad is critical to a team’s success. It’s also very unpredictable.

Injuries, shocks and circumstances oftentimes provide us with major surprises. Nobody saw Wayne Chrebet coming in 1995. Jerricho Cotchery‘s ascent to the top of the depth chart in his third season served as an Eric Mangini surprise. And who could forget Robby Anderson‘s undrafted speed making waves?

Yet, interestingly, we could not refrain from the way-too-early 55-man projections. These are already littering Jets headlines and throwing a rough idea out there is a good idea, especially considering how deep some of Joe Douglas’s positions look.

Quarterbacks (2)

  1. Sam Darnold
  2. James Morgan

This one is as easy as it gets. No NFL team wants to carry more than two quarterbacks these days, and if James Morgan proves his worth in August, Captain Morgan coupled with young Sam Darnold is all Adam Gase will need.

Running Backs (3)

  1. Le’Veon Bell
  2. La’Mical Perine
  3. Trenton Cannon

The first two are stone-cold locks (save for a trade or injury). Le’Veon Bell and La’Mical Perine should work together as a solid one-two punch. Both guys can catch it out of the backfield yet also run with a little power when necessary.

It’s tough to carry more than three backs in today’s game. The No. 3 spot will feature a Trenton Cannon-Josh Adams battle.

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