It is that time again. Football is back. Here are 30 predictions for the 2014 New York Jets season (along with NFL playoff/Super Bowl picks). We are sure you disagree with plenty of them. Let us hear about it in the comment section and over on Twitter…
1. Barring injury, Geno Smith will start every game for the Jets this season and make substantial statistical strides in every category, most notably cutting back on the turnovers and improving his accuracy. He will firmly entrench himself as the team’s starter for 2015.
2. Muhammad Wilkerson will have another All-Pro caliber season and receive a new, massive contract from the team in the next six months.
3. Damon Harrison will prove last season wasn’t a fluke and also receive a new contract from the team in the next six months.
4. Quinton Coples will continue to flash in spurts but not be consistent enough to finish with double digit sacks. Jason Babin and Wilkerson will both finish with a higher sack total than him.
5. Sheldon Richardson will improve on his stellar rookie campaign and receive All-Pro honors, either as a first or second team player.
6. The Jets will finish 4-2 in the AFC East.
7. Willie Colon will take a minor step back from his level of play in 2013 and miss some time with injury in his final year with the team. Either Dakota Dozier or Oday Aboushi will start for the Jets at OG in 2015, alongside Brian Winters who will be a league average starter this season.
8. David Harris will have a worse 2014 than 2013. After the season, he will receive a low cost one year deal from the team, similar to the contract Calvin Pace received the past two offseasons.
9. Calvin Pace will have at least 4 less sacks than he did in 2013.
10. Eric Decker will finish with 70-80 receptions, 975-1,100 yards and 7+ touchdowns in his debut season for the Jets.
11. The Jets will reach the halfway mark of the season at 4-4.
12. Chris Ivory will lead the team in rushing yards. Chris Johnson will lead all Jets running backs in total offensive yards and finish with at least 40 receptions.
13. Jace Amaro will finish with between 40-50 receptions and at least four touchdowns in his rookie season. Jeff Cumberland will have a very quiet year in the passing game.
14. Jeremy Kerley will catch at least 45 passes and receive a new contract from the Jets after the season.
15. David Nelson will have less receptions than he did last season (36). Zach Sudfeld will have less than 20 receptions but at least two touchdowns.
16. Calvin Pryor will have a very good all-around rookie season and be in the discussion for Defensive Rookie of the Year. He will force at least four turnovers.
17. The Jets will finish somewhere between 19th and 23rd in pass defense. Darrin Walls will be a competent starter, Antonio Allen will gradually move back into being more of a safety than corner after Dee Milliner returns. Kyle Wilson will have another inconsistent season and gradually lose playing time down the stretch.
18. This will be the last season in New York for Wilson, Kenrick Ellis and Dawan Landry.
19. D’Brickashaw Ferguson will have an improved season over last year with steadier play at offensive guard. There will be no noticeable drop off from Austin Howard to Breno Giacomini.
20. Bilal Powell will have 600 total yards of offense (down from 969 yards last season).
21. Jalen Saunders will be an adequate punt returner but have limited offensive impact in his rookie season. Trevor Reilly will develop into a core special teams player but not play a role on defense this season.
22. Demario Davis will have his best year as a Pro and receive some All-Pro discussion.
23. Dee Milliner will struggle in the first half of the season as he returns from injury but play very well over the final 6-7 games.
24. The Jets biggest “upset” win of the year will be at home against Denver. (Hey, I called the Saints upset right last year)
25. The dreaded Wildcat will be used a few times throughout the season with Mike Vick under center. He will make a few plays but ultimately the formation won’t pay off enough to pull Smith out of games for it, as he puts together a strong sophomore campaign.
26. Antwan Barnes will have a minimal impact when he returns off the PUP list.
27. Ryan Quigley won’t finish the season as the team’s punter. Saalim Hakim won’t finish the season as the team’s kick returner.
28. The biggest difference between this Jets team and the teams who haven’t made the playoffs the past three years will be the improvement in turnover margin.
29. Rex Ryan, Marty Mornhinweg, Dennis Thurman and John Idzik will be back in 2015.
30. The Jets will finish 9-7 and be a wild-card team. Last year, I picked them to be 7-9 and they exceeded it by one game, so here is hoping they do the same in 2014.
AFC Playoff Teams
- New England
- San Diego
NFC Playoff Teams
- New Orleans
- Green Bay
- Tampa Bay
New Orleans over Denver in Super Bowl