Coming into the 2014-2015, the New York Jets have one of the deepest rosters they have had in years. Do they have holes and flaws? Absolutely. But from top to bottom, the Jets have much more depth than they have had in a long time. The Jets report to training camp on July 23rd, and when they arrive, many players will be fighting for spots on the roster. Let’s take a look at three positions at which some interesting battles will be taking place.
Safety- The Jets addressed their need for a safety by drafting Louisville star Calvin Pryor in the first round of the 2014 Draft. In all likelihood, Pryor will start from day one for the Jets. The real question is who will start opposite him at the other safety spot. To me, the answer is Antonio Allen. Allen flashed great potential last season, and I believe he has earned himself the starting role. Dawan Landry is also in the mix, but I feel Pryor and Allen compliment each other much better, and Allen’s speed fits better in the Jets defense.
Wide Receiver- The last few years, the Jets depth chart at wide receiver has been very weak to say the least. For the first time in a while, they have some talent at the WR position. While many guys will be fighting to make the team, I am interested to see who will come out as the ” No.2″ receiver. While I am not a big fan of labeling receivers, I want to see who will step up and start opposite Eric Decker, while Jeremy Kerley mans the slot for the Jets in 2014. In my opinion, the favorite is Stephen Hill, but he will need to have an impressive camp to win that job.
Cornerback- After deciding to part ways with Antonio Cromartie, it was clear the Jets were handing off the duties of being a number one corner to last years first round pick Dee Milliner. Milliner struggled for much of last season, but really came on strong towards the end of the season, which the Jets hope will carry over into this season. The number two cornerback position is one I am watching closely. Veteran Dimitri Patterson has plenty of ability, but has struggled with health issues for the past few seasons. Jets 3rd round pick Dexter McDougle has impressed coaches early in mini camp so far, but will the youngster be able to keep it up?
Time will tell on all of these position battles. As the Jets continue to harp on ” competition”, John Idzik should love the different position battles taking place all over the field for the Jets this offseason.