Jets Break Camp with More Questions than Answers
By Alan Schechter
July 30, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan talks with New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) and New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) at the New York Jets practice. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
The Jets broke camp in Cortland, NY yesterday. They are headed back to Florham Park, to prepare for the annual game against the Giants. Hard work has been done, we know some things, but not others. There still are a lot more questions than answers so far.
CAN THE OFFENSIVE LINE BLOCK…..ANYBODY?
This was pretty scary in preseason week 1. It felt like we were back in 2011, watching the offensive line give the quarterbacks no time at all. Tim Tebow can only scramble around so much. The quarterback has to have time, or there will be no way for plays to develop down the field.
The scariest part, was the fact that this didn’t all come from Wayne Hunter/Austin Howard’s side. While the first team played against the Bengals, a lot of pressure came from the left side of the Jets’ line, D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s side. Isn’t he supposed to be an All-Pro. He needs to step up.
The sacks didn’t only occur in the games. Read the reports from training camp, the defense was in the backfield all day, every day. The Jets offensive line needs to figure out how to block somebody, and quickly.
July 30, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) after practice at the New York Jets practice. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
IS THERE A WIDE RECEIVER IN THE HOUSE?
This picture to the right is becoming all too common, wide receivers in street clothes. They are dropping like flies with injuries. Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill, Chaz Schilens, and now Jordan White, all banged up to varying degrees. Yet, Mike Tannenbaum has yet to add to the group. A lot of us have been wondering why.
They are very shorthanded. Everyone wants Mark Sanchez to step it up, but that becomes difficult when his weapons are sitting on the sidelines. So the question becomes, are there any receivers out there? Anybody?
WHO IS THE NUMBER TWO RUNNING BACK?
If you read my posts, you know I am a big fan of Shonn Greene. To me, he is a much more viable every down back than a lot of other people think. If you look at his numbers, they back me up.
However, no matter how good he is, he will have to come out sometimes. And it won’t just be on passing plays. He will need to sit. Who will be behind him?
Bilal Powell has looked good in practice, but during the first game he wasn’t so impressive.
Joe McKnight looked the best the other night, but he has still been unproven during the season. He has shown flashes, but no consistency other than as a kick returner.
Hard to say whether Terrance Ganaway will be ready to do serious time this year or not. So the question remains, who is the number two back?
WHO WILL BE KICKING FIELD GOALS?
Not as publicized a competition, but a competition none the less. And one that there is really no leader in the clubhouse as of yet. Josh Brown and Nick Folk have been virtually even. Both of these guys have been accurate, and it’s hard to tell if a tie will go to the incumbent, Nick Folk, or the more consistent Josh Brown. This could come down to how they perform on kickoffs, but it poses to be interesting.
So there are questions that have not been answered yet. Hopefully they will be answered soon.