Dalbin Osorio is back with this week’s #PickSix to answer your Twitter questions. Let’s dive right into it. Thank you everybody for the submissions!
1. Who may be a surprise cut for the final roster?- @jginfla
This question got a ton of traction last week, and Connor Rogers and I went in depth on the podcast regarding this. If you look at my 53 man roster prediction, the veteran I have getting released is Calvin Pace. I think the Jets will see more value keeping a guy like Erin Henderson or Joe Mays (linebackers that can actually cover in a 4-2-5 formation). A veteran that isn’t being talked about as a potential cut is Breno Giacomini. As I’ve said previously, he was downright awful last year and I was surprised that the Jets didn’t do more to bolster the RT position. As of today, my bet remains on Pace being the veteran cut though.
I think Geno has the chance to take a big leap this year. He is in an offense that should fit his skill set. Gailey should have Geno use his mobility to create more throwing lanes and with Marshall and Decker, he now has two wide receivers with a big catch radius. Add in Devin Smith, who plays much bigger than his frame, and Geno can become a 60% passer with 3,000 yards and 25-30 total TDs. If he does this, the Jets are a playoff team.
3. How many defensive backs do you think Bowles will keep on the final roster and who will they be? – @TalkJetsRadio
This is a great question. I think defensive back (corners and safeties) are the most important part of his defense. Take that into account and factor in Cromartie, Milliner, and Revis’ injury history and you can see where this is going. I think the Jets end up carrying 11-12 defensive backs with Revis, Cromartie, Skrine, Milliner (beginning the season on the PUP), McDougle, Williams, Walls, Pryor, Gilchrist, Eskridge, and Miles being on. Antonio Allen may stick as insurance and because of his versatility (I left him off my 53 man roster prediction).
4. With Marcus Williams looking good, what do you see his role being with so many good CBs on the roster? – @blueandorange7
This one ties into a much bigger point about how the New York Jets have built their roster. If you’ve noticed, their depth has been added with players similar to the players in front of them. Stacy and Ridley are north/south runners like Ivory, Wes Saxton is a similar tight end to Jeff Cumberland, Lorenzo Mauldin is similar to Pace. Marcus Williams is similar to Buster Skrine, and so I would expect him to the primary backup to Skrine as the slot corner. Due to Skrine’s versatility and ability to play outside, Williams will see time in the slot and have a role regardless of the corners in front of him.
5. Predict Amaro’s stats this year at H-Back.- @Sw1ftee
The position perfected by Joe Gibbs to counteract the pass rushing ability of Lawrence Taylor in the 1990s. A modern example of an H-back is Chris Cooley. Now that we get that out of the way, that’s primarily where Amaro will play. He’s going to see plenty of snaps there. This will allow him to be matched up against linebackers too slow to cover him or strong safeties too small to match up. As for stats, I’m predicting a strong season for Amaro. The line? 55 receptions, 640 yards, and 6 TDs.
I think the Jets 2014 season can be summed up in plenty of “what ifs.” What if Geno didn’t implode against Buffalo? What if Vick was ready to seize the position? What if Milliner doesn’t get hurt? What if the Jets don’t blow that lead against Green Bay? This is a more talented roster but there are still what-ifs that will determine whether they are playoff bound or not. The player I expect to take the next leap is Quinton Coples. And by next leap, I mean a double digit sack guy off the edge. The player that nobody is talking about, however, is Marcus Gilchrist. Teams are going to want to test the Jets up the middle. Revis, Cromartie, and Skrine (The Chimera, if you will) are going to do exactly what they’ve done. Teams will test them until they realize they can’t, but Gilchrist needs to prove that he can hold his own on the back end. Calvin Pryor will not be deployed in coverage situations. Gilchrist is going to have to prove that he is not overwhelmed in Cover One situations. Otherwise, teams will continue attacking the Jets in the middle of the field.