The NFL will soon be announcing both Pro-Bowl and All-Pro rosters. Here is one man’s thoughts on which New York Jets deserve some type of recognition and which do not…this then turned into reviewing the entire current roster. Enjoy and leave your comments in the section below or on Twitter.
Muhammad Wilkerson – You can nitpick and say he had a couple of quiet games down the stretch but ultimately Wilkerson is one of the NFL’s best 3-4 defensive ends and had a terrific overall season. The numbers (62 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 6 TFLs, 3 passes defensed, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles) don’t fully do justice to the impact he has on a weekly basis. Wilkerson could get bumped to second team but it would be a shame if he is relegated to only being a Pro-Bowler.
Nick Folk – Justin Tucker will likely take first team honors which is more than fair but Folk deserves serious consideration for second team. He is 31-33 on the season, 3-3 from 50+ yards and knocked through three game winners.
Damon Harrison – One of the premier run stuffing defensive lineman in the NFL, if not the premier one. He isn’t a house-hold name yet, which could hurt his candidacy but at a minimum he deserves a Pro-Bowl spot in the AFC.
Sheldon Richardson – He should be the Defensive Rookie of the Year and it is hard to think he can’t land a spot on the AFC roster. I wouldn’t be surprised if both him and Wilkerson were first team All-Pro players next season and if two years from now Richardson is the team’s best overall player…that’s how good this guy can be.
Good, Not Great Seasons
Austin Howard – He was the Jets best tackle this season and earned a new contract, not any post-season accolades though.
Nick Mangold – No longer an elite player at his position and overpaid by current market standards. However, still a top 10-12 center.
Chris Ivory – Came on strong in the second half of the season. If he was healthy from week 1, could have been a 1,200-1,400 yard back. He will be the Jets starting running back next season and was good value for a 4th round pick,
David Harris – A nice bounce-back year from 2012, when he struggled heavily. He isn’t a Pro-Bowler…not even really close but is still a capable starter who excels in the run and screen game.
Quinton Coples – Came on strong at the end of the season and has the physical tools to be a 12-14 sack per season type guy. Still needs to put together a full, healthy productive season.
Calvin Pace – The quietest double digit sack season in NFL history. Pace probably earned another one year contract, particularly if Rex Ryan is back. He exceeded everybody’s expectations this season.
Bilal Powell – 621 rushing yards at 4 yards per carry and 276 receiving yards. Powell has turned into a quality, all-around NFL back. He isn’t necessarily an ideal compliment to Ivory but is a valuable player.
Jeremy Kerley – Struggled with injuries this season, which just helped show how much better the Jets offense is with him, than without him. Kerley has been the team’s best wide receiver the past two seasons and is likely looking at a contract extension this off-season.
Antonio Allen – Why was he benched for Ed Reed? Why Rex, why? A strong sophomore year for Allen who should be back as a starter in 2014.
Willie Colon – Considering the contract they got him on, a productive, consistent season for Colon who brings a needed attitude to the Jets offensive line.
David Nelson – A mid-season acquisition who has played well and should be back next season as the team’s 4th or 5th wide receiver.
Leger Douzable – Developed into a really good rotational defensive lineman.
Overrated by Jets fans or Name Recognition
Demario Davis – Jets fans get a little too excited when discussing Davis and why not? He is already the emotional leader of the defense, despite only being a second year player but he still struggles heavily in pass coverage and makes his share of mistakes. A starting caliber player who should continue to get better next season but is a more flawed player than many fans are willing to admit.
D’Brickashaw Ferguson – A down year for Ferguson. It would be insane for him to receive any type of Pro-Bowl consideration but he might because of his name.
Antonio Cromartie – The sad reality is that he was one of the five worst starting cornerbacks in football this season.
Rookie Growing Pains
Geno Smith – We’ve talked endlessly about him here…has played better the past three games and could very well be the opening day starter in 2014 but needs to be faced with strong competition in camp.
Dee MIlliner – Playing better lately and will be opening day starter in 2014.
Brian Winters – ROUGH rookie season but was a tackle at a small school moving to guard in the NFL, who missed most of training camp and the pre-season. He played pretty well against Cleveland and again, do not be stunned if he is starting in 2014.
Tommy Bohanon – Just not a very good football player at this level…not sure if he’ll be factor in 2014.
Santonio Holmes – On his way out of town…
Stephen Hill – A disappointing second season…will be battling for a roster spot in 2014.
Dawan Landry – Average starter at best. Not sure if we’ll see him back in 2014.
Jaiquawn Jarrett – Good depth player at safety and contributor on special teams.
Antwan Barnes – Has potential to be valuable pass rush specialist in this defense.
Jeff Cumberland – Didn’t improve all that much from last year. He is inconsistent catching the football and can’t block.
Kellen Winslow Jr – Interesting to see if Jets bring him back to compete for playing time. He has been productive when given the opportunity this season.
Zach Sudfeld – Will be in camp competing for a roster spot next year.
Mike Goodson – Could be a big factor in 2014 if he gets healthy and gets his legal issues behind him.
Kenrick Ellis – Talented but has limited role on this team as of now.
Darrin Walls – Should have played more this season.
Kyle Wilson – A pretty good nickel corner who still struggles tracking the football in the air.
Ed Reed – On his way out of town…
Garrett McIntyre – Shouldn’t be playing major reps for your defense.
Ellis Lankster – Excellent in special teams coverage…probably deserves Pro-Bowl consideration for it.
Nick Bellore – Depth linebacker and competent special teams player.
Isaiah Trufant – See above (but at cornerback, not linebacker).
Vlad Ducasse – Likely on his way out of town.
Will Campbell/Oday Aboushi – Will be a bad look for Idzik if they don’t develop into competent backups next year and at least one develops into starter down the road, since they held 53 man roster spots all year.
Hakim Salim – Could be back in camp next year. Great speed.
Ryan Quigley – Punters are people too.
David Garrard – Coach?
Mark Sanchez – On his way out of town…
Matt Simms – Wouldn’t be surprised if he wasn’t on opening day roster in 2014.
Darius Reynaud – Probably won’t be back.
Greg Salas – Likely to be in camp next year competing for a roster spot.
Josh Bush – Should stick around as a depth player/special teamer.
Jermaine Cunningham – Probably worth a look in camp next season.
Ben Ijalana- Offensive lineman worth a look in camp next season.
Alex Green – Probably won’t be back.
Konrad Reuland – Time to go…
Caleb Schlauderaff – Just hanging around…