Several roster spots, even a few starting jobs, remain up in the air as the Jets head into Saturday night's preseason game against the Giants. Here's our latest projection for the opening-day roster:
Analysis: If McElroy had Matt Simms' arm strength, he'd be in the running for the starting job. McElroy rates a slight edge over Simms simply because he's had some game experience and could play in an emergency.
Analysis: Despite his various issues, McKnight will make the team for two reasons: Lack of depth and his kick-returning ability. Mike Goodson has missed too much time to be a factor for Week 1. He'll be activated at some point, assuming he returns.
Analysis: They could carry a sixth receiver if Holmes (foot) is out of the picture for Week 1. Braylon Edwards deserves a spot -- they need his veteran presence -- but he's very much on the bubble. Remember, they could re-sign him after Week 1, thereby avoiding a fully guaranteed salary.
Analysis: Winslow is a risk because of his knee issues, but he's still capable of making plays. Hayden Smith will be victimized by the numbers game, but he still has practice-squad eligibility. Bohanon, the surprising seventh-round pick, is capable of playing an H-Back role.
Analysis: Smith's late arrival has a direct impact on Oday Aboushi (fifth-round pick) and J.B. Shugarts, battling each other for the swing-tackle position. If Peterman performs well at center against the Giants, it could make Schlauderaff expendable. Will Campbell (sixth round) is a practice-squad candidate.
Analysis: Douzable is making a case for himself. If they keep six linemen, he has a shot. Harrison's value increases because of Ellis' back injury.
Analysis: This is a lot of linebackers, but, remember, Coples (ankle) is likely to miss at least a couple of games. Even when Coples is healthy, they're likely to use six or seven linebackers in the rotation. If Lansanah and Mauga (back) are battling for one spot, the edge goes to Lansanah.
Analysis: Rex Ryan likes to have a lot of bodies in the secondary. The cornerback depth is solid, but they may have only one NFL-caliber safety (Landry).