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New York Jets final 53-man roster prediction: Improved depth is key

Mekhi Becton, Sam Darnold, Le'Veon Bell
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The New York Jets final 53-man roster prediction for Week 1 of the 2020 season features improved depth thanks to Joe Douglas.

Welcome to the “improved depth” edition of the New York Jets 53-man roster. It’s not the final step in building a competitive roster; not by any means. But it’s one of the first (critical) parts en route to the desired destination.

Joe Douglas‘ first draft class as a big-boy NFL general manager will be heavily scrutinized in 2020. Thus far some of his rookies have shown extraordinary production at training camp.

Mekhi Becton, the organization’s first first-round offensive line selection since 2006, is the first key piece. Ashtyn Davis, the athletic one who continually makes eye-popping plays in Florham Park, NJ, is another big factor. Denzel Mims, the kid who’s just now starting to practice, also remains critical.

From a top to bottom glance, this team’s depth is greatly improved, which creates tough decisions from a roster standpoint.

This Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, marks the deadline for every NFL team to cut to 53. And now that training camp has officially come to a close, there’s just one final chance to glance at the possibilities.

The following is Jets X-Factor’s final crack at predicting the New York Jets’ initial 53-man roster of the season.

Quarterbacks (3)

  1. Sam Darnold
  2. Mike White
  3. James Morgan

What to do with Joe Flacco is the decision here. The Super Bowl MVP has yet to practice and remains on the Active/PUP list, which means the Jets could place him on the Reserve/PUP to begin the season.

In that scenario, Flacco would be forced tomiss the first six weeks of the season. The reason it’s even a big topic of concern is due to Mike White’s training camp play. He’s been tremendous while the rook, James Morgan, has not impressed many folks.

Douglas will not want to lose White yet cannot cut Morgan or Flacco. It’s a tough one. No NFL team wants to keep four quarterbacks.

  • Reserves: Joe Flacco

Running Backs (4)

  1. Le’Veon Bell
  2. Frank Gore
  3. La’Mical Perine
  4. Josh Adams

Adam Gase could opt for just three running backs—which would make more sense—but the extra production Josh Adams can bring to the table is worthwhile.

The only thing to keep an eye on is Perine’s injury. If the team thinks he’ll be fine for Week 1, they could go with three backs. If not, four is in the cards.

Wide Receivers (6)

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