New York Jets: 2021 unofficial depth chart

New York Jets: 2021 unofficial depth chart


Beginner Rundown
With Saus Gardner listed as a co-starter, the rest of the Jets’ early-round picks sit behind the Patriots. Wideout Garrett Wilson, the No. 10 overall pick out of Ohio State, follows Elijah Moore at one of the outside spots. Brace Hall, who re-emerged during the scrimmage with his vision and speed, is third on the unofficial depth chart behind Michael Carter and Tevin Coleman. At the same position at DE, Jermaine Johnson, who the Jets traded up for a first-round draft pick, slipped behind Carl Lawson and veteran Vinny Curry.

Jets are installed on the defensive line. On the edge on the depth chart are Lawson and John Franklin-Myers and the first backups listed are Curry and Jacob Martin.

“The group of guys we have in our unit is amazing,” DT Quinn Williams said Saturday. Not all can last for the whole season. But every day we push each other to bring out the best in each other. We’re at 100 percent, if we push each other to 100 percent, we’re going to be dangerous.

Solomon in the middle
The interior of the Jets defense looks different this offseason now that Folorunso Fatukasi is a Jaguar. Quinn Williams has been a big name on a DT team that includes Sheldon Rankins, Nathan Shepherd, Tanzel Smart and second-year player Jonathan Marshall.

HC Robert Saleh said: “One thing about our system, we don’t label any of those people ‘runaways.’ We need three techniques to shoot the ball.

In March, the Jets signed Solomon Thomas, a former Saleh student. Drafted third overall by the 49ers in 2017, Thomas (6-3, 280) played in 17 games for the Raiders last season and totaled a career-high 3.5 sacks and added 12 QB hits and 2 FF. He sits alongside Williams on the unofficial depth chart.

“He’s just consistently 100 mph, everything he’s got, he leaves nothing in the tank,” Saleh said of Thomas. “He’s an undersized guy, but when you see him play, he plays with so much explosiveness and energy that he doesn’t move around very often. He’s excited to be here.”

The third fan
With Mike C.J. Mosley and OLB Quincy Williams stepping in as starters in the Jets’ 4-3 base defense, it will be interesting to see who secures the third “starting” spot. With Jamien Sherwood backed up by Moseley at Mike Spott and fellow second-year linebacker Hamsah Nasirildi penciling in behind Williams, former Niners linebacker Marcell Marcell Harris currently sits on the depth chart with the first team. Harris was followed by Kwon Alexander, a recent free agent addition, and rookie DQ Thomas.

While the Jets figure to be in the nickel/sub division most of the time, Alexander should push for immediate playing time.

“It’s always good to add more guys,” DC Jeff Ulbrich said after Alexander’s signing. “You know, Coke [the Coca-Cola soft drink] It’s great, but it’s even better with added peaches. You know what I’m talking about. It’s our peach supplement.

“He’s great. He’s got this contagious energy, he’s got the edge and the ability to elevate those around him. It makes us better in practice, in meetings and ultimately on Sundays.”



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