DE- Muhammad Wilkerson- Mo flashed on the scene last season for the Jets and is now considered one of the premier defensive players in the NFL. Even though it is only his 3rd season, Mo is a leader on the Jets D.
DT- Sheldon Richardson- The Jets 13th overall pick will have the chance to make a big impact right away for the Jets. Richardson is an explosive player who can get to the QB even from the DT position. Richardson and Wilkerson could be a dangerous duo this season.
DT- Kenrick Ellis- Even though Ellis is more of a nose tackle, for the sake of this article I will label him as a DT. Ellis had a rough season last year with injuries and battling legal troubles. With that behind him, Elli will be looking to make an impact on the line this year.
Just like the DL, the LB are hard to label at this point. At this point, I will label them as MLB, and OLB.
MLB- David Harris- Harris, along with the rest of the Jets linebackers, struggled last season. Harris has been a very reliable and solid and reliable player for the Jets in past years. Harris will look to get back on track this season.
MLB- Demario Davis- Davis did not see much action last season with Bart Scott getting majority of the snaps. This season though, Davis will be a major piece of the Jets defense. Davis has great speed which will certainly improve the LB group as a whole.
OLB- Quinton Coples- This season, Coples will make the move from DE to OLB. Even though he is changing positions, do not expect much to change in his game. Coples specialty is getting to the quarterback. He led the team with 5.5 sacks last season, even though he only saw limited action. Expect Coples to rush the passer about 90 % of the time.
OLB- Antwan Barnes- Barnes was a quiet offseason addition by John Idzik. Coming off a poor 2012 season with just 3 sacks, Barnes will look to get back to what he did in 2011 when he had 11 sacks.
OLB- Calvin Pace- Pace is back with the Jets for another season after being cut earlier this offseason. Pace never lived up to his big contract, but Pace can still be a veteran leader on defense.
CB1- Antonio Cromartie- Cro had a great season last year stepping up as the Jets number one corner after Revis went down with an injury. With Revis now in Tampa, Cro is now officially the number one corner. Expect him to continue to match up against the opposing teams number 1 WR each week.
CB2- Dee Milliner- The Jets 9th overall selection will have the chance to make an impact right away. Dee is a well polished corner who certainly will not be overwhelmed in his first year. Even though Milliner is dealing with some injuries, expect him to be out there every week locking up some receivers.
SS- Dawan Landry- Last season the Jets had Laron, and this year they have Dawan. Landry is a solid safety who will be a leader for the Jets young secondary.
FS- Josh Bush- This spot is certainly up for grabs. With Landry not being known as a cover safety, I believe Bush’s ability to cover will earn him the starting role. Some other names to keep an eye on are Antonio Allen and Rontez Miles.
K- Nick Folk
P- Robert Malone-
LS- Tanner Purdum