2014 1) Jace Amaro 2) Jeff Cumberland 3) Zach Sudfeld - The Jets decided to join the NFL trend of having a hybrid TE/WR that creates mismatches where he is too fast for a linebacker or safety and too big for a corner to cover. They did that by drafting Jace Amaro of Texas Tech in round 2 of the Draft. Amaro is 6’5″ and 265 lbs. and runs the forty yard dash in 4.6 seconds. Amaro can run routes underneath or across the middle or most importantly make big plays up the seam of defenses. Having Amaro will make Cumberland better. Cumberland has shown flashes of ability and looked close to breaking out but key drops have hurt him. Playing Amaro and Cumberland together would pressure the middle of the defense and open things up on the outside for the wide receivers or underneath for the running backs. Until Amaro learns a bit more blocking will be a weakness in his game and with Cumberland not the greatest blocker either the team will have to rely on extra linemen for power running.
Offensive Line – 2013 LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson LG Brian Winters C Nick Mangold RG Willie Colon RT Austin Howard- Key reserves -Vladimir Ducasse, Caleb Schlauderaff, Ben Ijalana (Oday Aboushi & William Campbell were on the roster but in essence had a redshirt year because they did not play)
2014 LT Ferguson LG Winters C Mangold RG Colon RT Breno Giacomini-Key reserves – Dakota Dozier, Dalton Freeman, Ben Ijalana, Oday Aboushi - The big change is Austin Howard leaving for Oakland (and getting moved to guard there) and Breno Giacomini of the World Champion Seattle Seahawks comes in to play right tackle. Giacomini was the starting right tackle for the Seahawks for the last two and a half years and although it is believed that Howard is younger by 3 years and has a higher ceiling, Giacomini is mean and nasty, gets under opponent’s skin and helps bring an attitude to the line. Having both Giacomini and Colon on the right side should be a lot of fun. With the addition of 4th round pick Dakota Dozier, a tackle that will come inside to guard that is considered a potential starter either this year or next, and the return of backup center Dalton Freeman from injury the Jets are much deeper on the line this year. Ben Ijalana returns as a backup tackle to go with Oday Aboushi who should be able to contribute this year at tackle or even guard.
Advantage: 2014. Howard and Giacomini are a push in my mind and the team is much deeper. If Winters doesn’t improve or Colon goes down Dozier can step in and succeed which was something the Jets lacked last year.
Overall - It would be hard for even the most pessimistic of Jets fans to say that the offense did not improve over last year’s unit. Adding players that other teams have to game plan for such as Eric Decker, Chris Johnson and Jace Amaro to go with Jeremy Kerley will give Geno much more to worth with in year 2. They also added plenty of speed with Ford, Saunders and Evans which was another needed upgrade. Finally, adding Vick provides Smith with a viable backup that can win games which will either push Smith to continue to improve or show that he isn’t the future.