Ray’s take on predicting the 53-man roster

This is my personal opinion, so take everything with a grain of salt. I don’t feel like writing a long introduction, but I will have additional thoughts at the end, so without further ado:


QB: Trevor Siemian, Mark Sanchez, Paxton Lynch

WR: Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, Jordan Taylor, Kalif Raymond

TE: Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman, Henry Krieger-Coble

RB: C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker, Ronnie Hillman, Kapri Bibbs*

FB: Andy Janovich

LT: Russell Okung,  Michael Schofield

LG: Max Garcia, Aaron Neary

C: Matt Paradis, James Ferentz

RG: Ty Sambrailo, Michael Schofield, Connor McGovern

RT:  Donald Stephenson, Darrion Weems

Additional Thoughts:

Sanchez is an interesting character. He plays great and terrible every game. He will make impossible touchdown passes, followed by the worst interception ever. You can’t blame him for all the mistakes either. Against the 49ers, his first fumble was lack of holding the ball plus the defense dominating the offensive line. His second fumble was not preventable unless we had a better front. His interception against the Bears was a good throw and probably would’ve been solid if it led the receiver by a few inches. Trevor Siemian is more consistent, but easier to read. He doesn’t go through his progressions fast enough and his readability led to Saturday’s interception. Siemian also has more experience with the receivers we have, while Sanchez is still learning the playbook and getting familiar with the our players. Siemian’s consistency gives him an edge, and Sanchez’ edge is his experience. Regardless, Siemian will probably be named the starting quarterback because we can’t have turnovers if we want to win.

The Wide Receiver competition is difficult to crack, but I expect Jordan Taylor to beat out Jordan Norwood. Kalif Raymond is about on par with Norwood, but he’s probably our best bet at punt and kick returns. Mose Frazier will likely make the practice squad as a target for Paxton Lynch.

RT Lars Hanson and another offensive lineman will probably make the practice squad.

*While I personally would prefer Bibbs to make the roster, I think Hillman’s performance last year will give him the edge. If, however, we trade him away, then Bibbs will make the roster. I foresee a Hillman trade in the future as he doesn’t quite fit this offense.


DE:  Derek Wolfe, Jared Crick, Henry Melton, Adam Gotsis

NT: Sylvester Williams, Darius Kilgo

SLB: Von Miller, Shaquil Barrett, Dekoda Watson

WLB: DeMarcus Ware, Shane Ray

ILB: Brandon Marshall, Todd Davis,  Zaire Anderson, Corey Nelson

CB: Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib, Bradley Roby, Kayvon Webster, Lorenzo Doss

SS: T.J. Ward, Will Parks

FS: Darian Stewart, Justin Simmons

K: Brandon McManus

P: Britton Colquitt

LS: Casey Kreieter

Additional Thoughts:

I have no doubt NT Kyle Peko will go on the practice squad. Not everyone can crack the 53-man roster, unfortunately. I also really like the performance of DE Billy Winn, but I think Henry Melton and Adam Gotsis have the edge.

I like what I’ve seen out of SLB Dekoda Watson, so I expect him to make the roster despite that spot being so strong with Von Miller and Shaq Barrett. WLB Vontarrius Dora has quite a bit of potential so I expect him to make the practice squad too.

CB Taurean Nixon will likely make the practice squad again. He has some talent, but we have the best cornerbacks in the league.

SS Shiloh Keo did wonderful things for us last year including an interception that sealed a playoff game, but his impending suspension won’t help his case and the rookie will take the spot.