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New York Jets pre-OTA depth chart: Infusing the rookies

New York Jets, Olu Fashanu, Malachi Corley
New York Jets, Olu Fashanu, Malachi Corley, Getty Images

New York Jets rookies will have to earn it

Brace yourselves, New York Jets fans: Allen Lazard will be the team’s No. 3 wide receiver once training camp opens.

That isn’t to say Lazard will be the No. 3 by the time Week 1 arrives or that he’ll even be the three once the preseason arrives; it’s just a matter of historical patterns making it a near-certainty he’ll be in the starting lineup in late July.

Remember, not until mid-August two summers ago did Sauce Gardner finally take over sole possession of the starting left cornerback role. Despite his clear dominance and freakish attributes, he and Bryce Hall split first-team reps until the Jets could no longer (in good conscience) allow it to roll that way.

And guess what? That’s exactly how it should be.

While it’s true that I have major concerns over Robert Saleh’s strategic mind, he’s an excellent player development coach. One of the things he correctly nails deals with the newcomers.

Saleh always forces the rookies to earn their spot on the roster—no matter the incoming hoopla.

So, don’t expect third-round fresh face Malachi Corley to start on day No. 1. He, like everybody else, will be forced to earn the job.

Usually, this would also apply to a first-round offensive tackle, but that’s hardly the concern with Olu Fashanu this summer. The No. 11 overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft enters OTAs as the team’s clear No. 3 tackle- perhaps even the No. 4 (behind Carter Warren).

As far as the entirety of the New York Jets depth chart is concerned, here’s what it currently looks like pre-OTAs:

Pos12345
QBAaron Rodgers HeadshotAaron RodgersTyrod Taylor ✍️Jordan Travis 🚨Andrew Peasley πŸ›‘
HBBreece Hall HeadshotBreece HallBraelon Allen 🚨Israel AbanikandaIsaiah Davis 🚨Markese Stepp πŸ›‘
3RD
DOWN
RB
Breece Hall HeadshotBreece HallIsrael AbanikandaBraelon Allen 🚨Isaiah Davis 🚨Xazavian Valladay
GOAL
LINE
RB
Breece Hall HeadshotBreece HallBraelon Allen 🚨Isaiah Davis 🚨Markese Stepp πŸ›‘
FBNick Bawden HeadshotNick BawdenJeremy Ruckert
WR
SLOT
Garrett Wilson HeadshotGarrett WilsonMalachi Corley 🚨Xavier GipsonMarcus Riley πŸ›‘Hamze El-Zayat πŸ›‘
WR
X
Mike Williams HeadshotMike Williams ✍️Allen LazardIrv CharlesLance McCutcheonMalik Taylor
WR
Z
Allen Lazard HeadshotAllen LazardGarrett WilsonMalachi Corley 🚨Jason BrownleeTyler Harrell πŸ›‘
TE
Y
Nick Bawden HeadshotTyler ConklinJeremy RuckertKenny YeboahZack Kuntz
TE
H-F
Jeremy Ruckert HeadshotJeremy RuckertKenny YeboahLincoln Sefcik πŸ›‘
LTTyron Smith HeadshotTyron Smith ✍️Olu Fashanu 🚨Carter WarrenObinna EzeWillie Tyler πŸ›‘
LGJohn Simpson HeadshotJohn Simpson ✍️Wes SchweitzerJake HansonVitaliy Gurman
CJoe Tippmann HeadshotJoe Tippmann Wes SchweitzerChris GlaserXavier Newman
RGAlijah Vera-Tucker HeadshotAlijah Vera-TuckerWes SchweitzerMax MitchellBrady Latham πŸ›‘
RTMorgan Moses HeadshotMorgan Moses πŸ‘Olu Fashanu 🚨Carter WarrenMax MitchellAustin Deculus
BASE
LE
5-9T
Jermaine Johnson HeadshotJermaine JohnsonMicheal ClemonsJalyn HolmesTyreek Johnson πŸ›‘
BASE
DT
3T
Quinnen Williams HeadshotQuinnen WilliamsSolomon ThomasTanzel SmartLeonard Taylor III πŸ›‘
BASE
DT
1-2iT
Javon Kinlaw HeadshotJavon Kinlaw ✍️Leki Fotu ✍️Bruce HectorLeonard Taylor III πŸ›‘
BASE
RE
5-9T
Haason Reddick HeadshotHaason Reddick πŸ‘Will McDonaldBraiden McGregor πŸ›‘Eric Watts πŸ›‘
SUB
IDL
3-4iT
Quinnen Williams HeadshotQuinnen WilliamsJavon Kinlaw ✍️Micheal ClemonsSolomon Thomas
SUB
EDGE
W9
Haason Reddick HeadshotHaason Reddick πŸ‘Jermaine JohnsonWill McDonaldMicheal Clemons
GOAL
LINE
IDL
Leki Fotu HeadshotLeki Fotu ✍️Quinnen WilliamsJavon Kinlaw ✍️Solomon Thomas
MIKEC.J. Mosley HeadshotC.J. MosleyJamien SherwoodChazz SurrattZaire Barnes
SAMQuincy Williams HeadshotQuincy WilliamsChazz SurrattZaire BarnesSam EguavoenJackson Sirmon πŸ›‘
WILLJamien Sherwood HeadshotJamien SherwoodHaason Reddick ✍️Marcelino McCrary-BallJimmy Ciarlo πŸ›‘
SUB
LB
C.J. Mosley HeadshotC.J. MosleyQuincy WilliamsJamien SherwoodChazz Surratt
LCBSauce Gardner HeadshotSauce GardnerBrandin EcholsQuan'Tez Stiggers 🚨Myles Jones πŸ›‘
RCBD.J. Reed HeadshotD.J. ReedBrandin EcholsQuan'Tez Stiggers 🚨Shemar Bartholomew πŸ›‘
SCBMichael Carter II HeadshotMichael Carter IIIsaiah Oliver ✍️Tae HayesBrandon Codrington πŸ›‘
FSTony Adams HeadshotTony AdamsIsaiah Oliver ✍️Jarrick Bernard-ConverseJarius Monroe πŸ›‘
SSChuck Clark HeadshotChuck ClarkAshtyn DavisJaylen Key 🚨Al Blades Jr. πŸ›‘
KGreg Zuerlein HeadshotGreg ZuerleinAustin Seibert
PThomas Morstead HeadshotThomas Morstead
LSThomas Hennessy HeadshotThomas Hennessy
HOLDThomas Morstead HeadshotThomas Morstead
KOSGreg Zuerlein HeadshotGreg ZuerleinThomas MorsteadAustin Seibert
PUNT
GUN
Irvin Charles HeadshotIrvin CharlesBrandin EcholsJarrick Bernard-Converse
PUNT
PROT
Ashtyn Davis HeadshotAshtyn Davis
ST
LB
Chazz Surratt HeadshotChazz SurrattZaire BarnesJamien Sherwood
KRXavier Gipson HeadshotXavier GipsonMalachi Corley 🚨Israel AbanikandaBrandon Codrington πŸ›‘
PRXavier Gipson HeadshotXavier GipsonMalachi Corley 🚨D.J. ReedBrandon Codrington πŸ›‘

Check out Jets X-Factor’s roster and depth chart page for more information.

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vnick12
vnick12
13 days ago

(cough)… Zach Wilson… (cough)…

Robert Sabo
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True.

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