Turn On The Jets 12 Pack: New York Jets Mailbag

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Today’s 12 Pack is going to answer 12 questions we received on Twitter about the New York Jets throughout this morning. If you aren’t following on Twitter, kindly take a moment and do it right now. Also make sure to follow fellow TOJ writers Chris Gross, Mike Donnelly and TJ Rosenthal as well. We had a busy week here at TOJ, here is a recap -

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1. @SeanLDurham - “Talk about this silly notion that Sanchez isn’t showing any back bone by supporting Tebow packages in the red-zone”

Sanchez is in a difficult situation because no quarterback ever wants to come off the field. However, he has handled the situation properly with the media. He knows what he is dealing with and one comment that shows dissatisfaction is going to lead to all types of unnecessary hype and drama surrounding his team. Sanchez is demonstrating his leadership by putting the team first, although personally I’m sure he has resolved to play at a high enough level that it becomes extremely difficult to take him off the field, in any situation.

2. @ItsOasus - “What about the hamstring situation? Preventable?”

This has been an extremely frustrating part of training camp, particularly at the wide receiver position. Hamstrings are pulled when players are not properly stretched or didn’t show up in proper football shape to camp, as a few receivers has publicly admitted. Tony Sparano is running uptempo practices and it seems the receivers are having a tough time adjusting to all the running. At this point, the injuries have already occurred so the players have to make sure they are fully healed before they return or else the injury can become a nagging issue all season.

3. @DC914 - “Who has really been impressive in camp so far?”

On offense, you have to go with Bilal Powell. And how is that for a shocker? Many people didn’t even think Powell would make the roster and yet he has been the consistently most impressive back on the team. He is receiving gradually more work with the first team and has a serious chance to end up being the third down back. Josh Baker also deserves a mention. He is a versatile player, who we talked up a bunch this off-season. Baker will be a factor at tight end, H-Back and fullback this season. On defense, Aaron Maybin has been racking up multiple sacks every day and Ricky Sapp hasn’t been far behind. The Jets may have finally found a couple edge pass rushers.

4. @WheelanNDealin - What about the Australian TE the Jets signed this off-season?

Hayden Smith has held his own by most accounts so far in Cortland. However, he still has a long way to go before leap frogging Dustin Keller, Jeff Cumberland and Josh Baker on the depth chart. Smith is a good down the road prospect and has practice squad written all over him for this season.

5. @TeamThirstTrap - How are LaRon Landry and Bryan Thomas looking after coming off major injuries?

LaRon Landry has been on a pitch count all camp but when he has been out there he been very impressive. Landry has admitted himself that he can only go 100 miles per hour so the Jets have tried to protect him from himself somewhat. He is on pace to start the first pre-season game but will likely receive limited usage throughout the pre-season to make sure he is 100% for Buffalo in week 1. Bryan Thomas has had a quiet camp. Yet, the team knows what to expect from him. He should be a quality two down linebacker for the defense throughout this season.

6. @NFLSpecialist - Santonio Holmes admittedly ”not being ready for camp” and what are Rex’s disciplinary options?

Holmes quotes didn’t come off well yesterday, with his comments about not being in “true football shape” yet. He is setting a poor example for a group that been injury plagued and disappointing throughout camp. Unfortunately for Rex, he needs Holmes back on the field as soon as possible because he is the team’s only proven wide receiver and because it will encourage the other injured players to get out there. Holmes has always been a gamer but he is coming off a down year, so it remains to be seen how productive he will be.

7. @ShawnZP715 - Details on Jets practice at MetLife and how is Coples doing so far?

The Jets practice at MetLife Stadium will be on August 21st from 5:30 – 8:30 and open to the public for free. Coples has had a quiet camp so far. Apparently he has had some difficultly grasping the full installation of the defense, so the Jets have been using him more situationally. This makes sense since Coples will primarily be used on passing downs this season anyway, since Mike DeVito is so stout against the run.

8. @MikeMHill - How many rushing yards will Shonn Greene have this season? Over 1,500?

I would project Greene to finish with somewhere between 1,150 – 1,300 yards. I’d be shocked if he finished anywhere near 1,500 yards or over it. Greene is good for about 4.2 yards per carry, so if he gets the 300 carries Tony Sparano talked about giving him, he is looking at about 1,260 yards this season.

9. @MCaseyNYJ - Who really is the 2nd best receiver on the team? 

Based on physical talent alone it is probably Stephen Hill. Yet, he is extremely raw and obviously unproven as a rookie. Chaz Schilens has the best combination of physical skills and NFL production and only has 72 career receptions. Jeremy Kerley is coming off a pretty good rookie year but has been hurt and is in Rex Ryan’s doghouse. One player to keep an eye on is Patrick Turner who is quietly putting together a very good camp and showed some flashes last season.

10. @CrazyChimpman - Will the offense improve in rank and do we possibly have a legitimate pass rush? 

At a minimum the offense will improve in their rushing rank because of how frequently they are going to run the ball and the presence of Tim Tebow. As for the pass rush, Aaron Maybin looks legitimately poised for a double digit sack season and the presence of Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples up front should give the Jets more pressure they’ve had from their defensive lines in years.

11. @FroDawg14 - The best way to maximize efficiency in the red-zone?

Both of the Jets quarterbacks…yes both are very good rushing threats inside the 5 yard line. When throwing the football, Dustin Keller, Stephen Hill, Patrick Turner and Jeff Cumberland all have good size and potential to be consistent weapons down there. The Jets should be a very, very good red-zone team in 2012.

12. @JetsChamp - Talk about Jets beat writers thinking fans want them to cause fights among players and that we enjoy reading controversey

I wouldn’t put all the blame on the beat writers. The ESPN coverage has been far worse. Yes, the beat writers can exaggerate headlines at times but that isn’t always their fault. However, the intentional controversy brewing around this team has been frustrating and that is why we are here…we are on a mission to civilize New York Jets coverage.

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