The Turn On The Jets 12 Pack is back with predictions for 2015 New York Jets training camp. New York Sack Exchange 2.0 shirts are 25% off today and today only, get that order in now! On to the predictions…
1. The Incumbent – We will continually hear how Bilal Powell looks like the best overall running back in camp. The majority of practices and action made publicly available don’t involve much contact and tend to favor passing game action over the running game. Powell is the team’s best receiving back by a decent margin and is probably their second best overall runner, which means training camp practices are conducive to him shining. Chris Ivory should still be the team’s leading rusher but Powell will have a big role in this offense, particularly on third downs.
2. The Greg Salas Award – For a backup receiver who stands out and wins everybody’s hearts en route to a roster spot. This is probably coming down to either Chris Owusu or Quincy Enunwa, both of whom I think will make the roster. However, I’ll give Owusu the edge here to take home the coveted award, which has previously been won by Ryan Spadola, David Clowney and Patrick Turner (before they handed the namesake to Salas).
3. The Ticking Clock – Geno Smith is going to have a bad practice at some point and maybe throw an interception in a pre-season game. Regardless of what happens in every other snap he takes between now and week 1, a single mistake will be followed with barrage “WHAT WE ARE WAITING FOR, GET FITZ IN THERE” … “WHY NOT PETTY?” … tweets and articles, irregardless of how Fitzpatrick and Petty are playing themselves. Smith was uneven this spring, with a little more good than bad which received plenty of discussion. What received less discussion was that Fitzpatrick was consistently bad (to be fair he is recovering from injury) and Petty still looked miles away from being ready to play. For those itching for a quarterback switch, you will have to hope Smith bombs out weeks 1-4 (yes, there will be Jets “fans” who do this) and the move is made after the bye.
4. Limited Coach Quotes – This writer won’t miss Rex Ryan’s coaching but will his press conferences. There will not be many fireworks coming out of the daily updates from Todd Bowles, outside of tracking what sweet throwback Jets hat he is wearing (have you seen that collection so far? It is terrific). This is an okay and welcome change, the Jets need a quiet, all business summer. They don’t need to be blustering in the headlines since they haven’t sniffed the playoffs in nearly half a decade. At some point, I’m sure Rex will throw his 114th verbal volley at Jace Amaro, which is hopefully just met with bemused silence by this point.
5. The Player Quotes? – Antonio Cromartie and Brandon Marshall should regularly provide interesting talking points, although the team doesn’t need ‘Cro calling out Richard Sherman or any of that nonsense. Just stay healthy and productive, #31. It also wouldn’t be surprising to hear Darrelle Revis drop in a dig or two at the Patriots.
6. Likely Training Camp Headlines You Will See…
- “Demario Davis Ready To Take Next Step”
- “Calvin Pryor Feels Home In New Defense”
- “Quinton Coples Feels Home In New Defense”
- “Leonard Williams Way Ahead Of Curve”
- “Should Jets Trade For Offensive Lineman?”
7. Common Practice Coverage Tweets You Will See Some Variation Of…
- Devin Smith is fast
- Brandon Marshall is tall
- Bryce Petty has a big arm
- Darrelle Revis and Eric Decker mentoring/working with younger players off to side
8. “Surprise” Veteran Cuts – For now I’ll go with Willie Colon and Jason Babin. I have seen many suggest Calvin Pace could fall in this category but I think he sticks with a role giving him 40-50% of the snaps on the defense.
9. Starting Guard? – Opposite of James Carpenter it will come down to Oday Aboushi and Brent Qvale. I’ll take the safer bet and go with Aboushi for now. The Jets will have a close eye on the veteran offensive lineman market, although I don’t think they will pay up for Evan Mathis.
10. The Sprints – The defense is going to “win” more practices than the offense, leading the offense to running sprints at the end of most practices (a new Todd Bowles routine). This really shouldn’t surprise anybody.
11. The UDFAs to Watch – Taiwan Jones and Wes Saxton. It is still a long shot for either to stick on the 53 man roster but both make strong practice squad candidates, along with 7th round pick Deon Simon.
12. Will/Won’t Happen
- Dee Milliner won’t be moved to safety
- The Jets won’t sign Evan Mathis
- Brandon Marshall’s Instagram will be filled with trash talk to the secondary
- The Jets offense will commonly be called a work in progress
- 7 on 7 stats will be relentlessly tweeted and still not matter all that much