Potential Starters on Offense and Defense for the New York Jets

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Earlier this offseason, I wrote about what I believed the projected 53 man roster would be. Even though many moves will still be made by the Jets, it is never to early to take a look at what the Jets already have on the roster.

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QB- Geno Smith- My head is telling me Sanchez, while my gut is telling me Smith. It is no secret that the Jets are having a full-blown QB competition, and over the next few months it is going to be talked about just about every time the Jets step on the field. This competition could go either way. In my opinion, whoever they choose as the QB, I will understand why they chose who they did. Sanchez had a disappointing season last year, but many weapons were missing on the offensive side of the ball. I would also understand if Geno is the QB. The Jets as an organization may want to move on from Sanchez and start fresh with the rookie Geno. At the end of the day, I believe Smith gets the nod week one vs the Bucs.

RB- Chris Ivory- As I wrote about in a previous article, I believe Ivory has the potential to be a 1000 yard rusher this year for the Jets. Ivory finally has an opportunity to prove that he can be a solid running back in this league, and I think he will take advantage of that. Ivory should get majority of the carries, but expect Mike Goodson, Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight to get some touches as well.

FB- Tommy Bohanon- Lex Hilliard and rookie 7th round pick T-Bo will be battling this summer to be the Jets starting fullback. Hilliard is experienced, but I expect Bohanon to win the job due to his versatility and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

WR1- Santonio Holmes- Coming off a serious Lisfranc injury, Tone will be very limited this summer, but is still on track to start week 1. When healthy, Holmes is a huge part of the Jets offense. With the Jets WR corps being so thin, Holmes health is crucial to this teams success.

WR2- Stephen Hill- Stephen Hill had an inconsistent rookie season for the Jets last season. He suffered from nagging injuries and a case of the drops all season, But coming into his second season, Hill will once again be relied on heavily. Hill has all the potential in the world, the Jets are hoping he is a consistent solid receiver this season.

WR3- Jeremy Kerley- Jeremy Kerley was arguably the Jets best offensive player last season. Even though the offense was a disaster, Kerley had a good year and should only continue to get better. Last year, with Hill and Holmes hurt, Kerley was the Jets number one target that defenses had to focus on. This season with Holmes and Hill back, Kerley sort of fly under the radar. Kerley is huge for the Jets offense so expect him to get a lot of touches week In and week out.

TE- Jeff Cumberland- The Jets TE position is relatively weak especially with Dustin Keller now a Miami Dolphin. Cumberland was a respectable tight end last season, but still needs to prove that he can be a starting tight end. It has been reported that Hayden Smith has looked great, but he is still a mystery. The Jets have invited former 6th overall pick Kellen Winslow to minicamp next week for a tryout. If healthy, Winslow can really improve this position for Gang Green

LT- D’Brickashaw Ferguson- No need to worry about big Brick, after having a sub-par 2011 for his standards, Ferguson bounced back and had a solid 2012 season. Expect the same from him in 2013.

LG- Brian Winters- I think rookie Brian Winters will win the LG job. Winters plays with a mean streak that is much-needed on the O-line. The 3rd round pick has a chance to really make a name for himself and replace Matt Slauson next to Ferguson on the left side of the line.

C- Nick Mangold- As solid as it gets. Mangold will continue to be a rock on the line for years to come.

RG- Willie Colon- When healthy, Colon is one of the best guards in football. But the problem is, Colon has never been able to stay healthy. Colon should win the job at RG, but if he is unable to stay healthy look for former Lion Stephen Peterman to take over.

RT- Austin Howard- Last season was Howard’s first year as a starter in the NFL, and he did a good job at RT for the Jets. While he had some flaws, Howard was certainly not a weakness. Howard should continue to improve this season.

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