Turn On The Jets Stock Watch – Preseason Week 2

Mike Donnelly with a Turn On The Jets Stock Watch on the New York Jets heading into week 2 of the pre-season

As the Jets head into their second preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, there are plenty of issues surrounding the team. First and foremost is obviously the quarterback situation, but that is far from the only position battle that will determine the success of the 2013 Jets. Let’s go ahead and do some more buying and selling of all things Jets. 

BUY: Mark Sanchez, Starting Quarterback – Yeah that’s right. I’m buying Mark Sanchez, so let the hate and trolling commence here in the comments or on Twitter! Now before your blood pressure shoots up, please understand I’m not expecting miracles and I don’t think Sanchez is going to suddenly turn into an All-Pro or anything. I do, however, think that he is a shoe-in for the starting QB job come week 1, and I don’t think it’s all because of Geno Smith’s ankle injury.

By all accounts, Sanchez has had a pretty solid camp and has gotten better throughout as he picked up more of Marty Mornhinweg’s offense. It’s pretty clear at this point that Marty wants the veteran Sanchez to take the snaps, despite the fact that Rex and John Idzik both probably feel differently. Yes, Sanchez is going to make some horrible mistakes at times, and he’s going to make Jets fans everywhere want to kick a puppy because they’ll be so engulfed with anger, but I also think he’s going to play well for the most part now that he finally has an accomplished NFL play-caller running the offense. It will not be a repeat of last year’s dumpster fire, and while the offense won’t be dynamic or anything, it can be decent enough to win games. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement, but it’s a step in the right direction.

SELL: QB Conpiracy TheoriesJoe wrote a great piece on this the other day, but I’d like to throw my two cents in as well. The fact that some people think there’s a conspiracy against Geno Smith winning the starting job is completely and totally insane. It would make all the sense in the world for Rex and Idzik to want the rookie to win the job for many reasons, but it just hasn’t happened. I’ve maintained all along that the best thing for the Jets would be for Geno to come in, play lights out, and definitively win the job outright and start week one, but again, that hasn’t happened. The two have been pretty even throughout camp, but now Geno is hurt and he’s started to struggle in practice. That’s not Rex Ryan’s fault

The reason Sanchez is going to start week 1 is because he’s simply more ready to handle the job at this point. Geno was not some can’t miss, superstar prospect coming out in the draft. He isn’t Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. He slipped to the 2nd round for a reason and Jets fans have talked themselves into him being the savior simply because his name isn’t Mark Sanchez. Him sitting out the first few weeks — or longer —  of the season wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Eli Manning sat, Colin Kaepernick sat, Phil Rivers sat, Aaron Rodgers sat, and Tom Brady sat. It is ok if Geno Smith sits too.

BUY: Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill – They’re far from the best group of starting receivers in the NFL but both of these guys have taken great strides this offseason. Kerley is going to be the most-targeted receiver on the team and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be in the 75 catch, 1,000 yard range. As for Hill, he will never be the kind of receiver who racks up that many catches, but his job is to take the top off of defenses and be the big play threat. He will still have his drops this year as he gets more comfortable as an NFL receiver, but he should be able to limit them and become more of a threat.

SELL: Braylon’s Roster Spot – Uh-oh. This may not be popular with Jets fans, but if Santonio Holmes does indeed get himself ready for week one of the regular season (I still have my doubts we see him before week 7), then Braylon’s roster spot is in some serious jeopardy. Holmes, Hill, and Kerley would have guaranteed spots. You’d have to think the much younger Clyde Gates will have a spot after the great training camp he’s had, if he manages to stay healthy and his concussion issue doesn’t linger. That would leave Braylon fighting it out with Ryan Spadola and Ben Obomanu, who both play special teams, which will hurt Braylon’s chances. I’d still say Braylon has a good chance to be on the final 53, mainly because I don’t expect Santonio back, but it’s not a lock.

SELL: Stephen Peterman – Wow, was he bad against Detroit in the preseason opener. It’s pretty clear the team badly wanted rookie Brian Winters to win the left guard job this preseason, but an injury has limited him and he hasn’t been able to get on the field, which means the team is likely going to be stuck starting Peterman when Tampa Bay comes to down week one, which is, well…not ideal. Peterman is the clear weak link on the Jets offensive line, and he really needs to improve, or else it’s going to be a season full of defensive linemen right up in our quarterback’s face.

BUY: The Defensive Line – This is your weekly reminder that the Jets defensive line is going to be awesome this year. This week, Jason LaConfora of CBS Sports said that Jets having Mo Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson on the same defensive line was akin to having Richard Seymour and Geno Atkins together in their primes. That’s high praise, and not totally unwarranted. These guys, along with Kenrick Ellis and Quinton Coples have the ability to be absolutely dominant. The key to minimizing the loss of Darrelle Revis and a shaky safety situation will be getting pressure on the quarterback, and that’s exactly what this defensive line is going to do.

BUY: David Harris – It was a small sampling, but against Detroit, David Harris looked more like the player Jets fans were accustomed to seeing before the nightmare that was 2012. Harris looked a step quicker, made a nice play in the backfield, and then provided solid pass coverage as well. In recent interviews, Harris admitted to having an unacceptable season last year and he was determined to not let it happen again. I expect the “Hitman” to revert back to form now that he has a potentially dominant defensive line in front of him, and the athletic Demario Davis next to him. Now he won’t have to try and do too much, and that should result in big things.

Author: Mike Donnelly

Mike Donnelly is a Staff Writer and life-long Jets fan, who was previously a featured columnist at multiple other New York Jets and fantasy football websites. He lives and works in finance in the NYC area and will help lead our Jets and NFL coverage in 2013.

  • Hans

    You forgot to Sell Ricky Sapp

  • Mike Donnelly

    Ricky Who?

  • Ryan

    Great article. Love the “Buy” on Sanchez. There’s a reason he went 5th overall and a reason Marty wants him starting. I still think all he ever needed was an experienced quarterbacks coach and a proven play caller. You actually get both of those things with Marty not to mention, he was a QB too. Sparano was a glorified Offensive Line coach with zero experience designing passing routes and a half a season’s worth of experience calling plays. Not the ideal guy to bring a young QB to his potential. It doesn’t matter what Rex thinks, he’s a defensive coach anyway. He can’t see certain intangibles that Marty sees in a QB. And Idzik??? Give me a break! Why should he even have an input at all? That’s why you hire coaches… to make these decisions. This team has the potential to surprise a lot of people this year. Anytime you have Rex Ryan coaching your defense, you’re always gonna have a chance to win. Our offense can only get better under Marty. Low expectations, but lots of promise… Sounds like 2009 all over again.

  • Sean F

    Agree with everything, Good Stuff!!! Braylon will stick cuz of the Holmes thing. I do feel need to see alot more of Spadola and Zach Rogers before even entertaining the thought of a roster spot.

    As for Sanchez, BUY is a must. There’s really no other option. I think he’ll be fine if he just stops being careless….Big IF though, BIG!

  • The dude abides

    Love this post! i like seeing fans sticking to the positives and also being realistic at the same time. Dont forget to buy Ivory , he stays heathy its about to get real. As for the defense Im so excited for it. Our offense might not scare teams but our defense will give them nightmares. Ground and pound indeed just on the other side of the ball.

    Sanchez i think will be just like the article said good but not anything great. Enough to get us a decent pick next year and a warm welcome to where ever he may land. Iv never been sold on Geno , just by what we have seen im not exactly thrilled but its still early. There could be some upsets this year and i expect them to go in our favor.

  • Addage

    Edwards. As a veteran, if he makes the final cut, his salary is guaranteed (I think). Jets might cut him and then resign him so that he can be cut when Santonio is ready.

    A couple of Ifs in there but it will save some cap money

  • Mark Phelan

    SELL: Kerley as a punt returner.

  • JetOrange

    I think the difference in Number 6 is Marty’s offense and the development of the WR’s. Sparano was terrible as an OC, set Sanchez back big time. Mark will get better as the season progresses, just can’t turn the ball over.. The biggest issue is Peterman, Colon is a little inconsistent and is not in football shape, but Peterman is truly the weakest link. The bad ankle has set Winters back, the last guy left is Vlad. I am in the minority but I think Ducasse can do it at left guard, he is a better option than Peterman. My hope is that Peterman can replace Schluaderoff and back up at Center and both Guard positions….

  • Mike Donnelly

    jetOrange, I thought Vlad was going to make a push to start as well once camp opened. Last year he actually was pretty solid and got a good amount of playing time. But I’ve heard he just hasn’t looked any better in camp and then he looked pretty pretty bad in that preseason game. I think it’s gonna be Peterman and then hopefully Winters takes over at some point.

  • Mike Donnelly

    The dude abides, I didn’t forget to Buy Ivory haha.. I just figured I would use the space on something else this week since I have been repeating myself about Ivory’s importance every article I post lately haha. You’re 100% right though, his health is incredibly important.. With him, the O has a chance to be solid. Without him… Not so much.

  • Drew

    I am liking Peterman.

    He came here expecting a starting job but instead has been thrown into a competition with an early draft pick (3rd round for a guard is pretty early). No complaints, just goes to work.

    Then he gets hurt in a meaningless preseason game and rather than sitting out he plays through it. this is the kind of player I want on my team. I’m definitely rooting for him.