TOJ's Initial Thoughts On Jets 2011 Offensive Depth Chart

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Just throwing it out there at the earliest possible point in the off-season on what I think the New York Jets line-up could look like on both sides of the ball in 2011, I will update this a few times before free agency starts (if it starts), for today here is the offense…

Offense

Quarterback – Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens, Veteran Free Agent - It is good to have a franchise quarterback in place and not be like the Dolphins and have to draft one in the second round every two years and then watch him play so poorly, you are talking yourself into Tyler Thigpen being a viable option. The Jets do need to address the backup situation, unless they suddenly found confidence in Kellen Clemens.

Running Backs – Shonn Greene, LaDainain Tomlinson, Joe McKnight – In the end, I think Tomlinson will be back for year two of his contract but he needs a reduced role in the offense. Did you see how Shonn Greene ran against Pittsburgh? He needs the chance to get 17-20 carries each week, every week from week one on. Joe McKnight also needs a bigger role in the offense, as long as he doesn’t spend his off-season eating McDonalds and playing NCAA on Playstation. Tomlinson has value as a pass catcher out of the backfield and getting 8-10 carries a game next year.

Fullback – John Conner – He had a full year to learn behind one of the best in the business in Tony Richardson…now it is his time to take over.

Wide Receiver – Santonio Holmes, Jerricho Cotchery, Brad Smith, Patrick Turner – I hope I’m wrong but in the end I don’t think the Jets will be able to bring back both Holmes and Braylon Edwards. However, I do think they can get Holmes and Smith back. Patrick Turner has some size and potential and could be a steady contributor next year. Cotchery is more than capable of handling the number two spot.

Tight Ends – Dustin Keller, Ben Hartsock, Jeff Cumberland – The Jets kept Cumberland on the 53 man roster all of this year without making active once (excluding the Buffalo game), so you have to figure he will get a chance to factor in the passing game this year. As a matter of fact, I can already hear Mike Tannenbaum justifying let Braylon Edwards walk by saying they expect big things from Turner and Cumberland.

Offensive Line – D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Brandon Moore, Nick Mangold, Matt Slauson, Wayne Hunter/Vladimir Ducasse, Rob Turner – I am calling it right now that the Jets will re-sign Wayne Hunter and have him compete with Vladimir Ducasse for the starting right tackle spot, after making the tough decision to let Damien Woody walk. Matt Slauson will remain the starter at guard and Rob Turner will be the top backup at guard and center.

Overall – The Jets focus on the off-season will be on the other side of the football. They will attempt to save money on offense by letting Edwards and Woody walk and hoping that Turner and Cumberland can pick up the production at receiver/tight end and that Hunter or Ducasse can take over at right tackle full time.

3 thoughts on “TOJ's Initial Thoughts On Jets 2011 Offensive Depth Chart

  1. he thing with Greene is he did have the chance to be the starter last year and got outpayed…

  2. he thing with Greene is he did have the chance to be the starter last year and got outplayed…

  3. Our offense is only going to get stronger with our OL, Greene, and Sanchez. Hunter can and will be the starter at RT, Slauson had a great run at the end. Turner is a top backup and I feel very confident in our OL.

    Tomlinson needs a reduced role and shotty needs to put him in at the right time, not at the goal line and give it to him twice up the middle. He can block and catch which is what we need. Greene needs to be more of a monster that is he is in the playoffs in the regular season and do it consisently.

    Holmes and Cotch can get it done, but I would love to have braylon my favorite of the bunch. But if we lose him we need to get either an athletic TE in the draft(see NE) or sign an aging Vet cheap(see Ocho) to get it done for another year. Brad Smith needs to come back but I see Tanne really dropping the ball with Brad.

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