There will be tough cuts and several youngsters heading to the practice squad, but when it’s all said and done, the 2018 New York Jets will showcase an official 53-man depth chart.
Things will change. With rosters over 90 players apiece and all 32 teams needing to cut down to 53 by the end of August, things will concretely and absolutely change.
Undrafted free agent cuts, veteran cap casualties, troubled employees—much bottom of the depth chart action is to come, including the New York Jets. But as it pertains to the meat of the roster, it’s officially time to diagnose.
At any point prior to the NFL Draft, it’s silly to look ahead. Ridiculous is also the notion to project the depth chart immediately following the draft—for undrafted rookies and fallout from the weekend’s transactions linger for a couple of weeks.
Lastly, OTAs bring the final element to the table. Tough contract feelings rear its ugly head and certain possibilities brew from the voluntary actions during the voluntary offseason phase.
All of the above equals only one point in time in which projecting the first 53-man depth chart is actually sensical—the end of May/early June … right now.
Specific to the Jets is an interesting narrative. A young No. 3 overall selection in Sam Darnold comes aboard which infuses talent while not knowing when the organization will feel free to let the kid spread his wings. Suffice to say, it’ll be the leading discussion all summer long.
Therefore, in kicking off this projected New York Jets 53-man depth chart is the exciting (for the first time in a long time) quarterback group.