No Huddle – New York Jets Longest Offseason Edition

TJ Rosenthal goes No Huddle on the New York Jets linebackers, Eric Decker and the new regime

TJ Rosenthal kicks off another week of New York Jets coverage at Turn On The Jets with his weekly No Huddle – Make sure to give TJ a follow on Twitter and Turn On The Jets a follow on Facebook.

One Piece Away?

Right now we are that in between time. The point in the calendar when training camp is about to kick yet all is quiet on the Florham front. Enjoy it while it lasts folks. Two weeks from now the madness begins.

Goodness, football has the longest offseason. Let’s go already. I can’t wait anymore. I can’t wait to see this defense gel and the new receivers on offense. C’mon Geno. Step it up. It’s now or never for you. Make this team great. Could we really be just a solid quarterback away?

Double Decker Bus

Last week’s No Huddle pondered the notion of how Jeremy Kerley might benefit from the upgrade in talent around him. Well, this week let’s talk about Eric Decker. Last season he started the year with hamstring issues and expectations from some that he would elevate into a primary target, when many of us knew he was more suited to be the 1A guy.

Brandon Marshall gets to play the role of Demaryius Thomas for Decker now. Drawing top flight attention across the field. Decker enters this camp healthy too. See where I’m headed with this?

OK, so there is no equivalent to Peyton Manning in the comparisons here. I realize that. Decker with a true number one receiver across from him and speedsters on the inside (Kerley,
Devin Smith) may settle in to be the guy the Jets signed him to be. IF…his quarterbacks can deliver the ball accurately and on time. Unlike last year, Decker’s legs are good to go and the receivers that he breaks the huddle with in year two will draw attention away from his side to allow Decker the room to do what he does best: secure the rock after precise route running, find some yards after the catch, and catch those touchdowns.

Coples, Mauldin, Davis and Harris

Let’s put the Sheldon Richardson suspension aside for a moment. When we talk about the Jets defense these days we like to say the much improved secondary will benefit greatly from the great young talent that new HC Todd Bowles has to work with on his defensive line. And vice versa. We rarely, if ever speak about how the aforementioned units will impact the linebacking corps.

The Jets have athletes at linebacker. Quinton Coples? I’m not done with him yet. Let’s see him in a new system. Lorenzo Mauldin was drafted as an edge rusher. Demario Davis is starting to be that sideline to sideline guy for the Jets. David Harris may be slower naturally, as the oldest of the bunch, but you can’t tell me that he won’t be the guy who cleans up when receivers are locked up and the opposing QB has to check down. After big time heat hits the pocket from guys like Big Cat Williams and Mo Wilkerson.

I have high hopes for the Jets linebackers this year. By themselves, no. Not as much. Too much unproven potential and age in Harris to lead a defense. As a complimentary group asked to tie it all together between this D line, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie? Yes.

Quick Hits

– You know the minute that Ryan Fitzpatrick looks healthy and in control this summer, it will start. You know that when Bryce Petty finds some UDFA receiver open in seven on sevens the first week of practice, there will be those who will want him on a fast track to the starting job. Geno’s rope will be short to non-existent with some diehards. Get ready for it.

– Chris Ivory: the Jets feature back who stays healthy all season long. A realistic vision?

– The new Mike Maccagnan/Todd Bowles Jets are going to go about their business in workmanlike fashion this summer. Making noise quietly. I loved Rex Ryan and the Jet pride he wore on his sleeve but I’m excited for this new outlook. It feels right.