LR: My first thoughts on the 22-man roster are that it’s been pretty close to what I thought, with the possible exception of adding some promising players linked to San Francisco with coach Saleh (G Laken Tomlinson, DL Solomon Thomas, CB DJ Reed) and the four new tight ends. Big question, though: by 9/11, will there be enough time for some players and units to come together for the start of the season? QB Joe Flacco, for example, may not need a lot of reps as he enters his 15th NFL season, but he just might be the opening day QB for Zach Wilson’s rehab even though he got a total of 21 pre-season snaps, all in the third pre-season game. The O line played intact for those same 21 games against the Giants. And the starting secondary didn’t play together, as Reed was ruled out of all three games with knee pain that will need to be monitored. But at skill positions, RB, WR and TE look more talented as advertised, and Carl Lawson and the new, improved and deep D line could be quite imposing coming out of the gate. Once they have the sea legs under them, this list should be impressive and impactful.
CH: The first thought I have about the Jets’ 2022 roster is that it’s deep. The biggest testimonial: 11 players were claimed off waivers by other teams, particularly in terms of safety. Joe Douglas said the safety decision was “excruciating” as he believed they had 6 players who would be on a 53-man roster in the position. This current group of 53 is deep and there is not a position that is not understood. Whether it’s CB rookie Sauce Gardner being named Week 1 starter, the addition of veteran LT Duane Brown, or WR returnees in Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios, this season is different. Although the team is young and will still have a few issues to work out, this list is high on the list. When general manager Joe Douglas was asked if the Jets would play any meaningful games in December, he replied: “Absolutely I do. You look at our training camp, our preseason games, I have the feel like we’re in a good place in terms of team chemistry. The dressing room is in a great place and now we just have to build confidence and get everything in place on Sunday and I think we’ve got the right group for the TO DO.”