With the New York Jets first preseason game being nothing more than a glorified walk through for some of these veterans, this will be a good opportunity to see how the Jets have rebuilt the middle and lower class of their roster. Let’s take this pick six back with your Twitter questions. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions…
1. From @JimboSlice_:
Does Lee become an every down LB by end of year?
I’m going to say no, and it won’t be an indictment on Lee per say. I think, barring injury, the Jets will lean primarily on 3-3-5 looks that feature David Harris or Erin Henderson manning the middle with Jordan Jenkins and Lorenzo Mauldin as the OLBs. Even in 4-2-5 looks, you’d probably get one or both of Harris/Henderson on the field with Jenkins or Bruce Carter as the other option. I think Lee will contribute similar to Mauldin did last year, with sub packages being his primary usage except for when the Jets are matched up against a team like the Patriots who have two playmaking TEs and his athleticism will come in handy. I think next year is when you see him become an every down ILB. Now, if Broncos QB Paxton Lynch becomes the franchise QB I think he will be then expect to hear a lot about how the Jets should’ve passed on Lee.
2. From @PTE_Show
What do you see Peake’s impact this season? 4th/5th WR, Special Teams player or Practice Squader?
Charone Peake is a prime example of how the Jets have rebuilt their middle and lower class. A couple of years ago, Peake would be in line for significant reps just because Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley were the primary guys at WR. Those days are long gone, thank god. This year, you have 4 locks in Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Devin Smith, and Kenbrell Thompkins. Smith will most likely start the season on the PUP list, so Marshall, Decker, and Thompkins will be the first 3 WRs for the first 6 games. Jalin Marshall and Jeremy Ross, to me, are virtual locks because they both can contribute on special teams and Jalin has carved out a nice training camp for himself. Plus, and this is just roster gymnastics, there is more of a chance that a team claims Jalin than Peake, in my opinion. So Peake is depth this year, most likely a practice squader, but should contribute next year.
3. From @NYCKING
O/U 20.5 TD for Marshall and Decker?
I’m going to take the under. I’ll say Marshall finishes with 11 TDs, and Decker finishes with 8 TDs. I think the Jets will go out of their way to diversify their passing attack this year, with Quincy Enunwa and Jace Amaro being the primary beneficiaries. I think Matt Forte will have a huge season, and he’s going to get ALOT of targets too. This is before we get to Smith, Thompkins, and Powell or the unnecessary fade to Kellen Davis. The Jets have a plethora of options in the passing game, and so I think they get TDs from more than just the best receiving duo in the league.
4. From @NYSports246
Do they replace Breno? If so how do they do that?
I think Breno Giacomini is the easiest person to point to in terms of wanting an upgrade at the position. New Vikings RT Andre Smith would’ve been an immediate upgrade and he came cheaper than was expected when he hit the market. With that said, as of right now there are no viable options to replace him. The Jets need Giacomini to just be better than he was last year so that Brandon Shell can take over next year. Shell is the only viable alternative for the RT position, but he isn’t ready so I’ll say the Jets do not replace Breno this year.
5. From @eigross7
Which UDFA’s have a chance on making the 53 Man Roster?
The Jets were definitely active in the UDFA market, and they may have found some really good players that can help supplement the back end of the 53 man roster. The aforementioned Marshall have really good chances to stick on the 53 man roster. UDFA kicker Ross Martin from Duke has a legitimate shot to unseat Nick Folk as the kicker this year and going forward. Doug Middleton is pushing to be that 4th safety and contribute this coming year both on the defense and on the special teams. I’ll have a 53 man roster prediction before the Jets first preseason game outlining exactly who I think makes the team, and you can see which UDFAs I think actually end up being on the 53 man.
6. From @SeanLDurham
Is ryan fitzpatrick the best QB starting a week 1 game out of any AFC East QB?
As much as it pains me to say this, the best AFC East starting QB is Ryan Tannehill. We can sit here and tear Route 17 down as much as we want, but the reality is if you swapped Fitzpatrick for Tannehill the Jets are easily the best team in the AFC East and a legitimate Super Bowl contender and the Dolphins would be picking in the top 5. The Dolphins are a poorly constructed team that is now asking Tannehill to win games essentially by himself and the slot WR brilliance of Jarvis Landry. That’s not his game. Here’s where you can find solace Jets fans: Fitzpatrick is the second best though, and the Jets enter preseason as undoubtedly the best team in the AFC East on paper.
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