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New York Jets

Division: AFC EastGM: John IdzikHead Coach: Rex Ryan
2012: 6-10 (3rd AFC East)vs. division 2-4
Points17.6 (28th)
Yards299.2 (30th)
Pass Yards180.7 (30th)
Rush Yards118.5 (12th)

Jets try to recapture the magic from Ryan's first two seasons

Key Additions

RB C.Ivory, OG W.Colon,
S D.Landry, TE Kellen Winslow,
DL Antonio Garay, OG S.Peterman,
LB Antwan Barnes

Key Subtractions

CB D.Revis, RB S.Greene,
OG M.Slauson, TE D.Keller,
S L.Landry, S Y.Bell, QB Tim Tebow,
LB Bart Scott, LB Aaron Maybin

The Jets' 2012 season will forever be remembered with two words - butt fumble.

The lowest point of their 6-10 season was Mark Sanchez running into his offensive lineman Brandon Moore and losing the ball, only to have the Patriots take it the other way for a score. It was the exact moment where ineptitude and embarassment became one.

Sanchez hasn't given the Jets the production they had hoped for when they selected him with the fifth overall pick in 2009 and now he will be forced to compete with this year's second round choice Geno Smith.

Sanchez was serviceable his first two seasons, as he led the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games, but since then he has committed 52 turnovers in two seasons, which is the worst in the NFL over that span.

Smith was a star at West Virginia and was considered a top ten prospect before scouts began breaking down his tape. Being put under the microscope revealed flaws in his game and caused him to fall into the second round, where the Jets didn't hesistate to select someone they saw as a potential starter.

The quarterback battle has stolen all the headlines so far and that will continue until head coach Rex Ryan announces a starter.

To help in the process, New York brought in a new offensive coordinator in Marty Mornhinweg. Mornhinweg's recent history of getting the most out of his quarterbacks is strong, but this will be his toughest challenge yet considering the state of the receiving corps.

Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and tight end Jeff Cumberland do not exactly strike fear into opposing defences. In addition, Holmes and Hill are both coming off seasons where they battled injuries and inconsistency. Cumberland is replacing Dustin Keller, who signed with the division rival Dolphins.

The changes on the Jets' offence don't end there, with running back Shonn Greene departing for Tennessee. Greene was a volume rusher, who broke the 1,000-yard mark both of the last two seasons.

The Jets have replaced him with former Saints running back Chris Ivory. Ivory has been buried deep in the Saint's backfield, but has an explosive running style and will receive the majority of the carries in the Jets' run-first offence.

Ivory will have the benefit of running behind a line that features two elite linemen in left tackle D'Brickshaw Ferguson and centre Nick Mangold. The line will have at least two new starters with veteran Willie Colon and rookie Brian Winters, but should be a strength again for the club.

Ivory will be asked to be a workhorse back and power the offence, which is a risky proposition for a player who has only one 20-carry game on his NFL resume. (-TSN.ca)

Analysis: Milliner isn't a shutdown corner, but he is an excellent prospect, who even has a physical element to his game... Richardson isn't as big as some of the other players at his position, but he uses his quickness to get penetration. Some people have questioned his work ethic, but there is no doubt Rex Ryan will get the most out of him... Smith is an excellent athlete with above average arm strength and accuracy, who prefers to work from the pocket. Smith will need to work on his footwork... With both starting guards gone, third round guard Winters will be a favourite to start. (-TSN.ca)

Round 1 9th overall Dee Milliner CB Alabama
Round 1 13th overall Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
Round 2 39th overall Geno Smith QB West Virginia
Round 3 72nd overall Brian Winters OG Kent State
Round 5 141st overall Oday Aboushi OG Virginia
Round 6 178th overall William Campbell OG Michigan
Round 7 215th overall Tommy Bohanon FB Wake Forest

Cornerback Questions

Revis Island is no longer located in New York, after the Jets traded him to Tampa Bay for the 13th overall pick in this year's draft, which later became defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

While losing Revis appears to be devastating, the Jets pass defence was still surpringly solid while he was out injured last year, finishing second in the league in that department. Antonio Cromartie stepped in admirably as the top corner in 2012 and they will also have the top corner taken in this year's draft, Dee Milliner.

AFC EAST PROJECTIONS

Patriots (12-4)

Still on top of AFC East


Dolphins (9-7)

Lose tiebreaker, miss playoffs


Bills (4-12)

Playoff drought continues


Jets (3-13)

Disastrous season in NY

Milliner may not start when the season begins, due to shoulder surgery, but he will be the long term answer at the position.

With Revis gone, the star of New York's defence now becomes defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. The 6'4, 315-pound defender largely flies under the radar, but has established himself as one of the best 3-4 ends in the league. Wilkerson will bookend the line with Richardson, who will have more pressure on him than most rookies due to the Revis deal.

The team finished 26th against the run last season and the hope is that Wilkerson and Richardson can help to remedy that.

The Jets will be looking to last year's first round pick Quinton Coples as a pass rushing source off the edge. Coples had a quiet rookie season with 5.5 sacks, but has the talent to disrupt plays in the backfield.

Ryan will take over play calling on the defensive side of the ball, as the team tries to get back to the unpredictable, high pressure defence they played when Ryan first joined the team.

The Jets have been able to surprise in the past, but their offence had trouble moving the ball last season and those struggles are almost guaranteed to continue. Ryan's job security may be tied to how the team does this season and while he is an excellent defensive mind, his inability to put together a sustainable offensive attack could seal his fate in New York. (-TSN.ca)

OFFENCE

DEFENCE

LT

D. Ferguson
O. Aboushi
T. Gilleo

LG

W. Colon
B. Winters
D. Landolt

C

N. Mangold
C. Schlauderaff
D. Freeman
E. Cook

RG

S. Peterman
V. Ducasse
W. Campbell

RT

A. Howard
J. Shugarts

WR1

S. Hill
B. Edwards
B. Obomanu
V. Hazelton

TE

J. Cumberland
K. Winslow
K. Reuland
H. Smith

WR2

S. Holmes
J. Kerley
C. Gates
J. Collins

QB

M. Sanchez
G. Smith
G. McElroy
M. Simms

FB

L. Hilliard
T. Bohanon

RB

C. Ivory
B. Powell
J. McKnight
M. Goodson


Special Teams: K N. Folk, P R. Malone, KR J. McKnight, PR J. Kerley

Fantasy - By The Numbers

Any investment in players on the Jets' offence is going to be for depth purposes only. Rookie QB Geno Smith might have a chance to raise the Jets' offensive upside, but he may not have the starting job right away, even if Mark Sanchez is still Mark Sanchez.

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The receiver with the most upside is likely second-year deep threat Stephen Hill, but his limited track record, and iffy QB situation, makes him waiver material.

When it comes to the running game, if any one of Mike Goodson, Chris Ivory or Bilal Powell establishes that they are capable of handling a heavy workload, then that player could have real appeal. As it is, they currently appear to be three mediocre options competing for touches.

On defence, FS Dawan Landry is the most appealing, with at least 99 total tackles in each of the last three seasons. LB David Harris and DE Muhammad Wilkerson are fine depth players for fantasy purposes. (-Scott Cullen)

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