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What are your final words for New York Jets fans heading into 2016 training camp…
Joe Caporoso – Let’s start out by saying it is borderline absurd these Ryan Fitzpatrick contract negotiations are STILL going on.
Picture a poker table in the corner of some dingy Atlantic City casino. Jimmy Sexton is in a Hawaiian shirt, with a bucket hat on his head and buffet coupons stuffed in his front pocket, face down on the table. The pit boss, Mike Maccagnan, has strolled by again in a suit with a lovely Muhammad Wilkerson long term contract on his arm. He walks over to Sexton, pats him on the arm and says “it is over Jim, take what chips you have left, buy a bus ticket and get the hell out of here.”
ANYWAY, this team has put together an encouraging off-season. Yes, I am worried about the offensive line but every team has holes in their game. The Jets defense added speed and versatility and should be among one of the league’s best units. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are still a beastly duo at receiver. Matt Forte, Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson are an intriguing, multi-talented three headed monster at running back. Quincy Enunwa, Devin Smith and Jace Amaro are only going to get better and diversify the Jets passing attack.
This is a talented team who will be playing meaningful games in December, regardless of how the quarterback situation shakes out in the coming weeks.Joe Malfa – Just remain calm and trust the guys in charge. Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles have not given us any reason to doubt their abilities, and a contract saga with an average veteran QB should not change that. This roster has a lot of talent and may actually have less holes than it did last season. The schedule is tough, but this team is a lot better than Jet fans give it credit for. I know we are all trained to expect the worst, but we have reason to be positive about this team — JET UP!
Kevin Zielaznicki – It’s finally that time of year again. It’s been seven long, boring months since we last saw our beloved Jets play and the wait is almost over as the Jets begin training camp this weekend. Have faith in Mike Maccagnan. Have faith in Todd Bowles. Have faith in your starting quarterback, Geno Smith. Have faith in this team as it has the potential to be special if all the pieces fit together. Soon enough we’ll be hearing the Sunday Night Football theme song and it will bring a smile to all of our faces. Let’s get excited, it’s football season!
David Aitken – After nearly seven months, the Jets are finally taking the field again and the 2015 season with all of its ups and downs is officially behind us. That in itself should give anybody that follows this Jets team a rush of excitement. Outside of the potential for long-term injuries, training camp is usually the time where fans of every team get to be the most optimistic. Don’t worry about if/when Fitzpatrick re-signs and if it’ll happen too late. Focus instead on the progress of the current trio of young quarterbacks. Think about all of the young talent on defense and Bowles molding the unit in his own image for year two. Keep an ear out for the ways Chan Gailey is implementing new signing Matt Forte and the now healthy Jace Amaro. What practice squad players from last year are making an impression and could make the 53? So long as there is drama to create, the NY media will manufacture it and make sure it hangs above the head of every practice report until it’s result. Ignore it as best you can and just try to enjoy that football, at last, is back.
John Hargaden – Going into the 2016 season, the strife is over! The battle won! It is time to analyze every QB snap across the board!. Honestly it is great to have football getting closer and closer. It is going to be a very interesting camp and pre season seeing some interesting battles and the #2 CB spot is one I am going to focus in one. I have my money on Marcus Williams with Dee Milliner as a dark horse.
I do believe it will change often during the season but with the trio at RB and what Gailey will trot out there. I would not be shocked if we saw all 3 on the field at the same time in some different formations. There will be some growing pains but I believe Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins are going to be mainstays for years to come.
Nikki Charlesworth – So many things could be said at this point. Be safe would be the obvious going into camp; they simply can’t afford to lose key players to injury before the season even begins. Don’t do anything stupid would seem less needed, but considering last years ‘sucker punch’ incident (despite the unexpectedly positive outcome) – you never know. But more importantly the Jets need to ‘be prepared’ as best as they possibly can, with whichever QB is going to end up starting. Upheaval and confusion is the last thing the team need in the run up to the new season, and despite this being rife in the media, at camp it needs to be put out of minds. The team need to galvanise behind whoever is taking snaps, learn the system and trust the management. Whatever happens, the team which takes the field in September needs to be 100% on board.
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