New York Jets: Pre-Season Week 1 Rookie Report

A week by week look throughout the pre-season on how the New York Jets rookies are performing

Muhammad Wilkerson(2 tackles, 1 solo) – Wilkerson’s most notable play of the night was an offsides penalty but it is hard to expect too much on the stat sheet out of a rookie 3-4 defensive end going as a starter in his first action. He generally held his own up front, wasn’t pushed around and did get a decent push of his own on a few plays. Wilkerson certainly looked like he belonged out there and by the time September 11th comes around, he should be ready to be a solid contributor up front.

Kenrick Ellis(2 tackles, 1 solo) – Going against the backups, Ellis was more active around the football than Wilkerson despite having an identical stat sheet. He also batted a pass up in the air, which was intercepted by linebacker Josh Mauga.

Bilal Powell(9 carries 25 yards, 3 receptions 27 yards) – His yards per carry don’t indicate it but Powell showed good burst and vision in his performance, and now with Joe McKnight dealing with a concussion could have a chance to seize the #3 running back job. Powell was particularly impressive catching the ball out of the backfield, and nearly scored on a screen pass from Greg McElroy.

Jeremy Kerley – (3 receptions, 20 yards) – Kerley had such massive expectations coming in after impressing at camp, that any thing short of 150 yards receiving and two touchdowns could feel like a disappointment. Yet, the rookie wide receiver looked good on both offense and special teams as a returner. He is difficult to bring down and has good vision.

Greg McElroy (23/39, 208 yards, 1 touchdown) – McElroy was very impressive his debut last night. He took every rep after Mark Sanchez left, was beat up behind a makeshift offensive line, and rebounded from a shaky start. McElroy clearly lacks arm strength but showed accuracy on the intermediate routes and plenty of toughness. The Jets just may have found their long term backup for Sanchez.

Scotty McKnight – A night without any recorded stats for a rookie wide receiver isn’t a good thing. McKnight didn’t record a reception or make any tackles on special teams. He has an uphill battle to make the team following a strong offensive performance by Patrick Turner and a quality special teams effort from Logan Payne. Undrafted free agent  wide receiver Dan DePalma also had a good showing as a punt returner and on the coverage units.

Out of the undrafted free agents, outside linebacker Garrett McIntyre recorded two sacks and has a decent shot to stick on the final 53 man roster considering the Jets depth chart at linebacker. Tight end Josh Baker flashed very good hands and finished with 3 receptions for 45 yards. Undrafted free agent wide receiver Michael Campbell had a killer drop late in the game, which drew a few expletives out of Rex Ryan.

Jets vs. Texans: A Closer Look

The “Jets” fell short 20-16 but the preseason is never about winning. The primary goals are to avoid major injuries to key players, establishing some rhythm among starting units, while hopefully developing a few diamonds in the rough to add to the mix. So how did the Jets really fare in those categories last night? Let’s take a look –

MAJOR INJURIES:  The offensive line suffered a depth setback when backup center Rob Turner broke his leg. The Jets must add players to this unit. Damien Woody anyone? Joe McKnight may have suffered a concussion. LB Bart Scott rolled his ankle and left after the first play. The brightside? No season enders hit any starters.

RYTHYM: Mark Sanchez looked sharp in establishing a connection with both Santonio Holmes and Derrick Mason. The starters saw extremely limited time on both sides of the ball. RB Shonn Greene ran hard and found space in the second level during his attempts. The defense was not really tested. Texan stars Andre Johnson and Arian Foster sat out the game. Kyle Wilson in his second year, was in better position to play the ball than we remember him being all of last year.

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: WR Jeremy Kerley has had a notable camp. The rookie WR was heavily involved throughout last night, showing good hands, quick feet, and an elusive ability in traffic. LB Josh Mauga replaced Scott and was around the ball constantly, with a sack and INT capping his efforts.

TE Jeff Cumberland displayed physical skill in the passing game, with consistent receptions and running after the catch. This furthering the excitement of Jets fans who envision a tight end heavy passing game due to the arrival of former Colts guru Tom Moore on the coaching staff.

RB Bilal Powell replaced McKnight and impressed us with his footwork and ability to wait patiently for his blockers before attacking the line of scrimmage.

Backup QB Greg McElroy rebounded from a sluggish start in his three quarters of action.The former Alabama product sped up his release time and displayed sharpness on short to mid range routes as the game progressed. He also fell victim to two deep ball drops, including one that could’ve won the game for the Jets late in the fourth.

Should Jets Look For Offensive Line Help?

After a troubling performance by second year lineman Vladimir Ducasse and an ankle injury to the top reserve on the offensive line, Robert Turner, is it time for the Jets to look for veteran help?

By no means, am I suggesting it is time to throw in the towel on Ducasse. However, it is very clear he isn’t ready to play a prominent role on this team as of right now. He is not somebody you want one snap away from having to play major reps. He is probably going to need another year to develop and pick up the right tackle position, to go with what he learned at guard last year before he can become some type of contributor.

Considering that Nick Mangold and Brandon Moore have both already been banged up this year and Wayne Hunter hasn’t played a full season as a starter yet, it might be wise for the Jets to scan the free agent market. Many people are suggesting a call to Damien Woody, but I doubt he’d be willing to come back as a backup, even though he could provide terrific depth all line positions. A few other “name” veterans out there include Jonathan Stinchcomb, Shaun O’Hara, and Leonard Davis.

The severity of Turner’s ankle injury will likely determine if or how quickly the Jets look to add another body. It certainly didn’t appear last night that they had any other reserves ready to step in after Turner went down, so it could be smart to make a move sooner rather than later.

Thoughts On Jets vs. Texans: Depth Concerns Remain

A look back at the Jets opening pre-season game, a 20-16 loss to the Houston Texans —

Mark Sanchez was an efficient 6/7 for 43 yards. His only incompletion was on a drop from Matthew Mulligan (teaching Sanchez a valuable lesson, to avoid throwing to a backup blocking tight end). The Jets didn’t take many risks with him, which was probably a smart thing since their offensive line was getting beat like a drum, including Sanchez being sacked twice before he even had a chance to finish his drop. Sanchez got both Santonio Holmes and Derrick Mason involved with a few catches each, although he didn’t target Dustin Keller at all.

Shonn Greene looked very good, and crisp with 5 caries for 32 yards despite the “starting” offensive line struggling in pass protection. The main story coming out of this game on the offensive side of the football will be the concern about depth on the line. Rob Turner left with what appeared to be a relatively serious ankle injury and Vladimir Ducasse was beat twice for sacks, including one that resulted in a fumble and one that resulted in an injury (Turner). Those are the Jets top two backups and they currently have nothing but practice squad fodder behind them.

On defense, the starting unit held Houston to only 24 yards. Bart Scott left after the first play with a rolled ankle but appeared to be fine. Josh Mauga filled in admirably with a tackle for a loss and then a sack the following play. He also had an interception later in the game, taking a major step to solidify himself as a top backup linebacker on the roster. Kyle Wilson had a nice play on a third down to force Houston off the field but beyond that it was just another efficient night in the office for the Jets defense. Eric Smith did get beat by Owen Daniels in what could have been a big play if Matt Schaub was more accurate, which was somewhat concerning. I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing more and more Brodney Pool on passing downs.

The second unit had their struggles initially, going against Matt Leinart of all people. They were continually fooled on the play-action bootleg and didn’t generate much pressure. I would have liked to see more out of Jamaal Westerman and some of the other reserve outside linebackers. Later in the game, Kenrick Ellis was very active and batted a pass up in the air which was intercepted. Marcus Dixon and Ropati Pitoitua also got a good push up front throughout the night, showing that the Jets defensive line depth could be better than expected. The backup corners and safeties were inconsistent and didn’t make as many plays on the ball as you’d like to see.

Similarly on offense, the backups started slowly but picked it up as the game went on. Greg McElroy showed a lot tonight by bouncing back from an ugly first few first series to put together an impressive overall night (22/39, 186 yards, 1 TD) even though he couldn’t finish the final drive to give the Jets a win. He stood in the pocket all night and was beat up behind a makeshift offensive line but kept putting the ball up down the field, even though his arm strength isn’t the greatest he could develop into this team’s long term backup.

Jeff Cumberland had a terrific night with 6 receptions for 77 yards. He is a big target, with soft hands and very good speed for a tight end. Brian Schottenheimer needs to find a way to involve him in some packages with the first unit. Patrick Turner used his size to catch a touchdown in the red-zone and provides potential Plaxico insurance. Jeremy Kerley didn’t have the monster night everyone expected but was still good after the catch and on returns.

Both Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell were productive. Powell was particularly impressive on a 19 yard reception out of the backfield. He showed good burst and a natural ability to run north and south.

Overall, it was about what you would expect out of a first pre-season game. The Jets have their home opener this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Are You Ready For Some Football? – Jets vs. Texans Preview

The New York Jets kick off their pre-season schedule tonight on the road against the Houston Texans. A few key starters won’t be suiting up including Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore, and Plaxico Burress. Backup quarterback Mark Brunell also won’t be playing because of a left finger injury. Beyond that, the starters are expected to play for about a quarter.

On offense, Rob Turner and Vladimir Ducasse will both get extended work in replacing Mangold and Moore. Obviously there is some concern with having two backups protecting your quarterback, especially with somebody like Mario Williams on the opposing defense. Yet, Turner has a decent amount of experience from the past couple of years and Ducasse needs an opportunity to grow, so he can hopefully reach the potential the Jets saw in him when they selected him in the second round.

Derrick Mason will start in place of Burress. Yet, most eyes will likely be on rookie Jeremy Kerely who raised a ton of eyebrows at camp with his playmaking ability. He will work in the slot as the number three receiver with the first unit and should also see plenty of work with the number twos. Don’t be surprised to see Mark Sanchez rely on Dustin Keller and Santonio Holmes early in the game, as he gets into a rhythm. I wouldn’t expect to see much of LaDainian Tomlinson or even Shonn Greene tonight, as Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell should get the lion’s share of the work in the backfield.

Without Brunell playing, rookie Greg McElroy will play the majority of the game at quarterback. The Jets are hoping he can develop into their long term backup, so it will be interesting to see how handles himself in extended action tonight.

On defense, I will be keeping an eye on Kyle Wilson to see if  he shows any progress from his difficult rookie season. He should see action both in the nickel package with the first unit and then on the outside with the number twos.The Jets are counting on him to replace Drew Coleman this year and provide depth to Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Rookie first round pick Muhammad WIlkerson will also be getting the start and has impressed thus far in camp. Hopefully he can improve the push the Jets get out of their front line. Third round pick Kenrick Ellis will also see a good amount of action at nose tackle tonight.

Undrafted free agent Nick Bellore has been one of the biggest stories in camp and will get the chance to see a heavy amount of reps on both defense at linebacker and on special teams. Another linebacker to watch is Jamaal Westerman who Rex Ryan has hyped up this camp as being an individual who could provide an improvement to the Jets inconsistent pass rush.

On special teams, Jeremy Kerley will be the primary kick and punt returner, while Joe McKnight and Kyle Wilson should also both get opportunities.

Overall, it would be nice to see the first team offense move the ball with some consistency. Under Ryan, the offense has generally lagged a little behind the defense at this time of the year so with Sanchez now entering his third year, hopefully that will begin to change. On defense, an improved pass rush led by Wilkerson and Westerman would be the most encouraging thing to see.

Pre-Season Review: Two Franchises Trying To Make A Statement

After the shockingly well played game by the Seahawks against the always efficient Chargers , we as fans got spoiled, hoping for some sort of serious showdown between the Chiefs and Buccaneers. It was not to be. Five minutes into the game, you could see that Todd Haley had no concern about how many points his team put up against the youngest team in the NFL. It was a practice.

It was a beatdown, with the Buccaneers showing that age matters not when you’ve got two years of head coaching and quarterback experience in the second hardest division in the NFL. Playing Drew Brees, and Matt Ryan will age you rather quickly.

The Chiefs will live by their defense, with Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson getting a new line-mate in Allen Bailey (1st round), the front 4 will be their source of success, not to mention they have one of the best safeties in the league with Eric Berry, who will scoop up many a rushed throw.

Though I like Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles, I still don’t think they’ve got enough of a supporting cast to get the Chiefs into the playoffs this year. They are in a complete overhaul, with this year’s draft picks spreading all over the field (4 on defense/3 on offense).

Jonathan Baldwin, thankfully, was not picked in the first round by the Jets. He looked decent, but clearly not Julio Jones. Julio Jones, (see my draft article) will make defenses look slow and weak. Oh yes, and remember Mark Ingram? He had a touchdown. The NFC South will be the SEC this year. The NFC East and West will all have their mettle tested in the South.

There are things you don’t get to see in preseason, like the Buccaneers (eventual) starting D line. Gerald Mccoy, Adrian Clayborn, Michael Bennett and Daquan Bowers. That’s serious. That is not fun to run against. That is a nickel and dime package that smothers opposing offenses.

Josh Freeman may in fact become a Pro Bowler in his third year. He is the size of Roethlisberger, as patient as Ryan, and as athletic as Vick. Redskins beat the Steelers? Dolphins beat the Falcons? Ndamukong Suh beheadings? 49ers playing like a CFL team? Shocking, unexpected, and um…..expected.

Thanks Todd Haley for giving cynics ammunition.

Thoughts On New York Jets 2011-2012 Captains

Rex Ryan has recently named the five Jets captains for the 2011-2012 season, he came to the decision on his own as it wasn’t based on a team vote, which is a more traditional method of selecting them. Here a few quick thoughts on the five:

Darrelle Revis – This was no surprise as Rex Ryan had mentioned making Revis a captain of the defense over the off-season. He is the unit’s and the team’s best player and has done a terrific job mentoring second year player Kyle Wilson. Revis is obviously the kind of player the Jets want to keep around for the long haul, so it makes sense entrenching him as a captain. He is one of the faces of the franchise and of course has one of the better nicknames in team history.

Mark Sanchez – Another no brainer, as Sanchez has truly embraced a leadership role and taken over the offense in the past year. One of the main reasons the Jets moved up to get him in the first round a few years ago was because of that leadership and “it” factor, which he has demonstrated throughout his brief career. His continued improvement this year will go a long way to determine if the Jets can get over the hump and finally reach a Super Bowl.

Eric Smith – Considering the team needed a special teams captain, this makes plenty of sense. Without Brad Smith around, Eric Smith is clearly the team’s top all around special teams player, although as a starting safety you have to wonder if the team is going to stretch him thin by having him on too many units. There is going to be a high amount of turnover on all of the units this year, so having Smith as a strong leader will only help Mike Westhoff breaking in new players to new roles.

Sione Pouha – Considering how young the defensive line has quickly become, Pouha has emerged as a vocal leader of the group and took the initiative to put together off-season workouts for the unit. The Jets need Muhammad Wilkerson and Kenrick Ellis to grow up quickly, and Pouha will go a long way to helping that process. It has been nice to see how far Pouha has came in the past few years. He was terrific filling in for Kris Jenkins in 2009 and 2010, and has developed into one of the better nose tackles in the league.

Santonio Holmes – Maybe the most surprising decision, as Holmes is only entering his second season as a Jet and has a history of off the field problems. Yet, considering how much they just invested on him for a long term deal and how he is one strike away from a season long suspension this is a smart move to show how much the organization values and expects out of him. He is now the leader of the receiver group and needs to develop into Mark Sanchez’s security blanket, on top of being a big play threat.

Ryan could have easily picked David Harris and Nick Mangold over Pouha and Holmes, yet linebacker and offensive line are solid, veteran positions on the Jets roster. The defensive line and wide receiving group are areas that need leadership and clearly Ryan thinks Pouha and Holmes can provide that.

Tears Of Joy: Football Is Back (Pre-Season That Is)

It took a few minutes to set in. It was real. It was Monday Night Football, on Thursday….you could hear men breaking down, praising Jesus by the light of the moon.

The battle of the West Coast, the Beach Boys of the South vs The Fisherman of the North, What entails below is a series of brief thoughts, notes, ramblings, and musings on last night’s Seahawks vs. Chargers preseason game.

Philip Rivers is a machine. He will find receivers you’ve never heard of for long periods of time, and then hit Vincent Jackson for 40 yards while slinging it in that horrible to watch, high school throwing motion. It is hideous, but puts up numbers, like watching a Jonas Brothers concert in 3D.

The Seahawks offensive line will come to be one of the top 10 in the league. They will make the Raiders look like a cheap joke. Many people did not understand what Pete Carroll was trying to do in his last two drafts, (except he was very excited) and yet, Russell Okung goes down in the first half. If healthy, this offensive line is half rookies (1st and 3rd round) and half former first round picks (Gallery/Okung). With Tom Cable as the offensive line coach, I have faith this team will be able to run power sets and and play action with great success.

Tarvaris Jackson looks like things have not improved greatly since his days in Minnesota. Call it nerves, call it high expectations, but he never seemed comfortable at all. Give him a preseason under his belt and he will understand that his run game is going to shoulder the load.

Big corners. Big receivers. Pete Carroll is trying to make a mix of Alabama and Wisconsin. There will be no greatest show on turf in Seattle. Keep the opposing quarterback on the bench. Anyone can be beat. Except the Falcons.

Jordan Todman. Attack of the microbacks. Mike Tolbert, Ryan Matthews, San Diego likes small backs and giant receivers. To make up for the loss of Darren Sproles, the backs will need to be checkdown ready. Did anyone notice how stout Mike Tolbert is? He’s going to be a big part of the offense this year, because despite Ryan Matthews first round pick status, he will come to be a wash. Book it. Fresno State is not the gold standard of running backs.

What do the Seahawks have going forward? Two pro bowl running backs, and a pro bowl tight end. three first round DB’s. They will win 8 games, and probably make the playoffs.

Chargers? Best tight end in the league. Two first round D lineman. Takeo Spikes on his last legs. Bob Sanders trying to prove a point.

It was a better game than I expected. On to Friday Night.

The Air Attack Then And Now: Jets Nation Speaks Out

It went down fast and happened furiously. In a flash the New York Jets wide receiving corps underwent a major makeover, doing so at hyper free agency speed. Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery and Brad Smith were gone. Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason were brought in. A host of rookies led by Jeremy Kerley who has impressed many with his slot speed may pitch in as well, add former Colts offensive guru Tom Moore to the 2011 mix, and you have two unique units from the same organization in the span of just one offseason.

Who will be the better of the two? The mainstays when comparing the groups are the entire Jets offensive line, and third year QB Mark Sanchez. Veteran Tony Richardson will no longer be there to help pass block anymore either which could be a factor. However, in comparing those in the skill position itself over these successive years, we have decided to focus on five factors:

THE TOM MOORE EFFECT ON KELLER: The Jets offense was set back with the Santonio Holmes four game suspension to start 2010, not Dustin Keller though. The Jets TE emerged with less mouths to feed downfield only to settle back into the shadows as Holmes late game theatrics began to take hold upon his arrival. If Tom Moore can help design the offense featuring the TE position as he did in Indy with Dallas Clark, the passing game will open up outside, thanks to Keller’s work in between the hashes.

THE SEVENTEEN BATTLE: Edwards wore the jersey number, now Burress will. Braylon had a very solid 2010 campaign, however it almost never happened thanks to a drinking and driving incident in September. Burress himself has been out of football due to his gun issue two years back. Both players possess a penchant for making mistakes off the field but at the height of their games, Burress has always been the better player and bigger threat.

Plax turns 34 today though, and could be rusty due to the long layoff,  as far as game speed goes. Edwards, despite his solid year holding onto the ball as he did most of  last season, still has a reputation for the dropsies. The winner of the 17 battle, will go a long way in determining which year provdes the Jets with a better overall group.

HOLMES IS HOME FROM THE START: Santonio Holmes, the Jets first free agent signing weeks back, will be there from week one this time around and his chemistry with Sanchez was apparent from the start. It really came to light during the many game saving plays the two often made together. Picking up in 2011 where they left off in 2010 will help the Jets force the defense to over focus on one side of the field, thus providing room for Keller, Burress, and whoever plays the slot position, to maneuver.

DOES MASON STILL HAVE IT? : Jerricho Cotchery did not want to be a third wide receiver anymore, while veteran Derrick Mason had no problem with the role. In fact Mason said he chose the Jets not because of what he feels is a real opportunity to go all the way. If Mason can be sure handed, still find space inside of the zone as he has done for years, breaking off a big play every so often, then the loss of the trustworthy Cotchery will sting alot less. The chains will also keep moving for the Jets.

JEREMY WHO? : Rookie Jeremy Kerley seems to be the talk of camp. The current frontrunner for the one to watch in the “diamond in the rough” category. First on the depth chart at kick returner, punt returner, and a sure bet to compete for the starting slot job, any solid contribution from the former TCU Horned Frog could ease the pain caused by the departure of the versatile Brad Smith.

THE AGE FACTOR: Burress and Mason are older than Edwards and Cotchery, Kerley however is a rookie. With Holmes and Keller as the mainstays and both under the age of 30, as long as the two new Jets veteran WR’s can hold up physically, the 2011 version of the Jets passing attack may have more inside speed, with veteran hands as well. The current group will also possess more outside height and red zone potential than in 2010.

Games are not played on paper. Names don’t catch passes, players do. The 2011 Jets WR corps has the potential to be a better unit than last year’s group should they be able to stay healthy, while the veteran newcomers acclimate quickly to the playbook. The added punch of help provided by one of the rookies at camp, namely Kerley, could be the icing on the cake.

Jets Nation Spoke Out On Twitter:

@turnonthejets Hard to argue that bringing Holmes back was the #jets best offseason move.

@Disable_MMi 2011 WR corps. Believe we upgraded, plus a full year of Tone and a breakout season for Sanchez will all factor in…Another thing overlooked is Tom Moore’s impact. Expect a lot of Keller in the slot, or split wide as well.

@McCHief1961 I would feel better if we had a proven speed burner.

@smisr jets 2011 will rock this yr not cause of mercs we hired but surprise younger talent. #11 (Kerley)

@Ryanfire1010 ALL depends on health. 2 older Wr’s, 1 in his prime that sells out ever play, and maybe 2 young guys. Should be interesting…Even though he is a TE Keller split out has to be considered a slot receiver and his production will help.

@Z_Sibony 2011 because of the addition Jeremy Kerley…he is a playmaker. Point Blank.

@boldgrab from what Derrick mason is showing so far this years should be considerably better plus holmes will prob improve

TJ Rosenthal runs The Jet Report and can be followed on Twitter

TOJ Roundtable: Strongest and Weakest Position?

Welcome to the TOJ Roundtable, where a collection of our writers debate a pressing Jets question of the day –

What is the strongest position on the Jets current roster? The weakest?

Joe Caporoso: The strongest position on the Jets roster is cornerback. I would go with offensive line but I am little concerned about Brandon Moore missing so much time this pre-season, while they are breaking in a new full time right tackle in Wayne Hunter. The offensive line is still strong and if Hunter is anywhere near what Damien Woody was the past few years and Matt Slauson continues to improve, this will be their strongest unit. Yet, their corners led by Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, the league’s top starting duo in my mind, takes my vote at the moment. Let’s not forget nickel back Kyle Wilson was a first round pick last year for a reason and veteran Donald Strickland provides excellent depth if Wilson struggles. Marquice Cole has also shown flashes on defense and is more than capable of stepping into the nickel role for a few weeks if necessary.

Backup quarterback is the weakest spot on the Jets roster. If Mark Sanchez misses an extended period of time, you are kidding yourself if you think Mark Brunell is capable of taking over. He hasn’t played a meaningful snap since NFL Quarterback Club was the video game of choice. Greg McElroy is only a rookie and would be in over his head if pressed into immediate action.

TJ Rosenthal: Strongest Position: The offensive line. It contains two All-Pros in D’Brickshaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold. The entire unit is intact from the 2010 playoff run. Few teams can boast of that continuity. No unit is as essential to the success of what the Jets want to do offensively as the guys in the trenches are.

Weakest Position: The backup quarterback position. If Mark Sanchez goes down for any extended time, we can’t say that we are comfortable with Mark Brunell, in his 19th season, running the show for any EXTENDED period of time. The backup quarterback should be a capable functional player with some NFL experience, especially given how physical the AFC East may be up front this year with the addition of Marcell Dareus to Buffalo and the new parts of the Patriots defensive line. The Jets are skating on thin ice at the ultimate security position.

Rob Celletti: The strongest position on the Jets’ roster in my opinion is cornerback.  Anchored by one of the best players in the entire league in Darelle Revis, it is an all-around solid unit.  With Antonio Cromartie out to prove something this year, and the ever-improving, aspiring Revis-clone Kyle Wilson at third on the depth chart, it is safe to say the Jets are going to be very difficult to throw on this season, at least to wide receivers.

The weakest position, and really the key to the season, is the defensive line.  The Jets will have a serviceable line under Rex Ryan’s tutelage, no question, but it is a point every fan and journalist has been harping on since the start of training camp: are the Jets relying too heavily on unproven commodities (Mo Wilkerson and Kendrick Ellis) alongside solid role players (DeVito and Pouha) without any real dominant force?  It is hard to call the position “weak”, but it definitely raises the most questions.