The New York Jets have released their unofficial Week 1 depth chart which features a few surprises at various different positions.
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To start, Bryce Petty has seemed to secure the job as Josh McCown’s backup over Christian Hackenberg.
The #Jets have released an official depth chart, and QB Bryce Petty is listed as the backup. Christian Hackenberg is the No. 3
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2017
The battle for No.2 may not seem very significant, but for a Jets team that is likely to start more than one quarterback this season, it is notable.
Petty and Hackenberg each had their moments in the preseason, good and bad. Petty outplayed Hackenberg in the Jets third preseason tilt against the Giants before he fell to injury.
Hackenberg followed by playing the majority of the game against Philadelphia, where he was decent at best.
The Jets ultimately decided the backup position out of trust. Petty, who garnered some starting time last year, is somewhat comfortable with the first-team offense. He should give the Jets a “better chance to win” than Hackenberg.
Other Depth Chart Notables
After rumors circulated that the Jets were exploring the potential trade market for RB, Matt Forte, it seems as if he will turn out to be the Jets starter against Buffalo on Sunday.
Bilal Powell, who has been making strides toward being the Jets feature back, will stay put at No. 2, while preseason stud Elijah McGuire earns the No .3 spot.
Expect the battle of the backfield to continue on, however. Powell seems to be the fan favorite to total the most Jet rushing yards, while Forte continues to face trade/release rumors.
A deflated Jets receiving corps added some help on Friday when they traded with Seattle for WR, Jermaine Kearse. The big trade shook up the receiving depth chart by pushing ArDarius Stewart to the No. 3 spot.
Stewart, the rookie out of Alabama, played well in the preseason, catching 2 TDs and averaging over 14 yards per reception. He now falls behind Kearse and Robby Anderson on the depth chart.
Charone Peake slips to No. 5 as he didn’t stand out in the preseason. It will be interesting to see how the Jets continue to align their receivers, as competiton could be warranted for the majority of the season.
Many should expect Jalin Marshall to earn a spot on the depth chart when he returns from his two-game suspension. The Jets are also reportedly hosting a visit with ex-Jet and 49er, Jeremy Kerley.
Free-agent WR Jeremy Kerley at the Jets facility today for a visit, per team source: https://t.co/sQia7nlzZ3
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) September 5, 2017
The Jets will likely attempt to utilize the tight end position more this year with such a deficiency in the receiving realm. With that being said, there was some interesting notables amongst the Jets TE’s for Week 1:
The unofficial depth chart has Eric Tomlinson and Jordan Leggett as the No. 1 and 2 respectfully. Recently acquired TE, Will Tye falls to No. 3.
Tomlinson and Leggett have both been dealing with ailing injuries that have kept them quiet this preseason. With Austin-Seferian Jenkins being suspended the first two games of the year, the Jets had to expand the position by adding Tye on waivers.
It will be interesting to see if Tye gets moved up the depth chart with health concerns among Tomlinson and Leggett.
To take a look at the complete Jets Week 1 depth chart, click here.