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4 questions the Jets must answer at training camp

MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Head coach Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins looks on ahead of their game against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Head coach Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins looks on ahead of their game against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Training camp is officially underway for the 2019 New York Jets, and there are plenty of questions for the Gang Green to answer before the regular season kicks off.

The Jets are a few days into their 2019 Training Camp, and from the outside looking in, the team is coming together nicely, with plenty of new pieces looking to blend into the Jets developing culture.

While the rest of the NFL is sleeping on New York, the organization has put together a team with tremendous potential, but to make sure they succeed in 2019, there’s a few questions that they need to answer before the season begins.

Can this defensive unit get consistent pressure on the QB?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 23: Leonard Williams #92 of the New York Jets celebrates a sack on Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 23: Leonard Williams #92 of the New York Jets celebrates a sack on Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

Quarterback has always been the most important position in American sports, and as the Jets seem to have their QB of the future, they need to shift the focus to the opposing QB. While they re-loaded the D by signing C.J Mosley, it was the draft that brought in two new bodies on the D-Line, and for the team to succeed in 2019, Jachai Polite and Quinnen Williams need to make an impact.

There’s a definite learning curve coming into the NFL, so it won’t happen immediately, but these two will allow the veterans like Leonard Williams, Steve McClendon and Henry Anderson to get to the QB. We won’t know if the potential will be reached until the season begins, but Training Camp is a great time to get this group firing on all cylinders, as they may be the key to unlocking the immense potential of the Jets D, which may be one of the best in the entire NFL.

Next: Best out of Bell?

How can Adam Gase get the best out of Le’Veon Bell?

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 02: Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers attends SiriusXM at Super Bowl LII Radio Row at the Mall of America on February 2, 2018 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 02: Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers attends SiriusXM at Super Bowl LII Radio Row at the Mall of America on February 2, 2018 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM) /

Le’Veon Bell was the Jets biggest target in the off-season, and although some feel that the team overpaid for him, they now have arguably the most talented back in the NFL on the roster. However, Bell isn’t a traditional Running Back, as he uses patience to run and an unmatched pass catching ability, and it’s a unique skillset that needs to be exploited in 2019.

With the young QB looking to step up and lead this team, Bell becomes key, and given the offensive genius of coach Adam Gase, it could be a career year for the former Steelers back. We’ve already seen Bell break loose for big runs at Camp, and if the Jets O-Line can keep up with him, not only will Le’Veon succeed, but it will help unlock the entire offense.

Next: No. 2 CB?

Who is the No. 2 corner?

ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 16: Brian Poole #34 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates after the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 16: Brian Poole #34 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates after the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The Jets D has been one of the biggest positives the team has had for years now, and with Jamal Adams, C.J Mosley and Leonard Williams leading the way, this could be the best Jets D since 2010. The biggest obstacle to accomplishing that is the Cornerback position, as there are many question marks on that unit, but with Trumaine Johnson looking to bounce back from an injury plagued 2018, there’s a chance for success.

Brian Poole, Parry Nickerson and Darryl Roberts are firming as the 3 favorites to take that job, but given his NFL experience and play-making ability, it’s most likely the former Falcon Poole to start Week 1. Training Camp is a time for people to stand out and win playing time for the season ahead, and the Jets have plenty of positional battles going on, but this is the most important to the teams success, and if the Jets can confidently answer this question, their 2019 will look a whole lot brighter.

Next: Darnold making the leap?

Can Sam Darnold make the second-year leap?

CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets throws a pass in front of James Burgess #52 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets throws a pass in front of James Burgess #52 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Sam Darnold was the key draft pick for the Jets in the 2018 NFL Draft, and despite an up and down rookie year, he flashed signs of immense potential throughout the season. Off the field, Sam showed great signs of being a leader for this franchise going forward, and with the addition of Jamison Crowder and Le’Veon Bell in the off-season, he’s ready to have a breakout year.

The jump from the rookie season to second year isn’t an easy one however, and it needs to be a big priority for the team to make sure it’s a successful one for the former USC star. At the end of the day, Sam has all the tools to become a top QB in the NFL, and while it won’t happen this year, Training Camp 2019 needs to be about ensuring the team’s QB of the future develops the way we know he can, because that may be the key to a deep playoff run for the 2019 Jets.

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