YOUTH MOVEMENT AT SAFETY
Out are Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry. In are LaRon’s brother Dawan, and some young players at the safety position. The position became one of strength last year with LaRon patrolling center field, but the starters are gone, and it is still up from grabs who is going to replace them.
A lot is going to be expected of Antonio Allen and Josh Bush. Starting watching their reps at the OTAs over the next several days. It will be very telling when we read about the reps they are getting, as it will give us an insight as to who is leading the race at the position as we move ahead.
The Jets aren’t expected to do very much in this “rebuilding” year of 2013. However, if the Jets are going to surprise anyone, Demario is going to be a big reason why. He is going to be taking over for Bart Scott and the on-field defensive coach, basically calling the defense on the field.
OTAs will be the first chance for us to see how he is taking to his new role. Does he feel comfortable getting the defense in position? Is he leading? We will start to see this come out during OTAs.
QUINTON COPLES TO OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
Another key to whether or not the Jets succeed in 2013 is the play of Quinton Coples. As we know, he is being moved to outside linebacker for the upcoming season, giving him more of a chance to rush the passer. Coach Ryan did work him out at linebacker during his Pro Day before selecting him in the first round of last year’s draft. However, he didn’t play linebacker much, if at all last year.
Now he is being moved to OLB exclusively. How does Coples take to the role? Is he comfortable, or is there a more significant learning curve? Read the reports from OTAs and you will be able to start drawing conclusions on this too.
Those are just five points to watch for as the Jets go through OTAs this week. There are more, but whatever you are watching for, football is getting closer! How great is that?