New York Jets Release First Official 2012 Depth Chart Prior to Their Preseason Week 1 Game
There aren’t too many surprises, as fourth-year quarterback Mark Sanchez finds himself atop the depth chart at quarterback, with enigmatic newcomer Tim Tebow second.
2012 first-round draft pick Quinton Coples is listed as the second team defense end in the 3-4 defensive set, but many such as myself still expect him to play starter’s snaps in the 4-3 scheme.
Rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill, the Jets’ second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, is listed on the depth chart as a starter opposite Santonio Holmes, with veteran Chaz Schilens behind him.
Without much competition, much maligned right tackle Wayne Hunter is first on the depth chart at his position, with all five offensive linemen returning from last year.
Third-year lineman Vladimir Ducasse, for what it’s worth, is listed as the second team left guard behind Matt Slauson, and is not on the tackle depth chart at all for the moment.
As far as the running backs go, fourth-year veteran Shonn Greene is first on the depth chart, with Joe McKnight second and Bilal Powell third. Powell has had an impressive training camp thus far.
Interestingly, the Jets list three starters at safety on their initial depth chart. LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell and Eric Smith are all listed as starters, with rookies Josh Bush and Antonio Allen backing them up.
On special teams, incumbent kicker Nick Folk is listed first, with newcomer Josh Brown right behind him. Jeremy Kerley is the primary punt returner, and McKnight is the kick returner.
Below, I’ve added the visuals of the entire depth chart, courtesy of the New York Jets official website.
Of course, there’s still plenty of time for the depth chart to change prior to the start of the regular season. However, this initial look gives us a good indication of what the Jets expect to see come September.