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AFC East

NY Jets – Pre-Season Update

by Greg Talcott

The last time the Jets made the postseason was 2010 and in 2014, they flat out stunk. Rex Ryan is gone in favor of former Arizona Cardinal Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles and, like magic, there is new hope for Jets fans; unfortunately they are still the Jets so the news can’t be that good.

epa04003425 New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith drops back to pass during the first half of the NFL American football game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida, USA, 29 December 2013.  EPA/RHONA WISE

EPA/RHONA WISE

On the positive side, the Jets have been active in improving their roster from last year. The bad news is they still have a huge question mark at QB. As of now, Geno Smith is the starter and the predictable preseason chatter is “he looks good”; when have we heard that before? Geno Smith has to prove it early on the field this season or he will be getting the hook in favor of “occasionally surprising but rarely satisfying” Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Jets are well aware of the potential for another disastrous year at quarterback so they drafted Bryce Petty out of Baylor in the fourth round in what could amount to the steal of the draft one day, assuming he signs with another team.  Geno Smith will have another weapon at his disposal with Brandon Marshall who should help to open things up for Eric Decker (who we all knew wasn’t a legit WR1 when he came over from Denver), as well as Jeremy Kerley in the slot.

The Jets will come into the season with Chris Ivory as the starter but realistically are looking at a “least sucky” running back by committee with newly acquired Stevan Ridley and Zac Stacy getting plenty of opportunities to carry the ball. Ivory only ran for over 100 yards twice last season and failed to rush for a 1000 yards. The only person I know who would draft a Jets running back would be Taco from “The League” –  don’t be Taco.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 22: Running back Chris Ivory #33 of the New York Jets carries the ball in the 1st half of the Jets game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

The biggest changes for the Jets will be on defense with the addition of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. This gives the Jets one of the top defensive backfields in all of football and should elevate a defense that ranked 24th in points allowed. Will the Jets be able to improve on their 4-12 season of a year ago? That answer is definitely a yes. However, anything over 8-8 would be a surprise. From a fantasy perspective, Brandon Marshall enters the year as a low quality WR1 and Eric Decker being a WR3. Drafting any of these QB’s or RB’s should only be done late in the draft as a joke by the person who has had the best draft up to that pick.

 

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