Hey everyone, remember that last fanpost I had that involved my explanation of how I think some of our players will perform? Well, I'm gonna dumb it down a little bit and just make it my thoughts on some players without any of that other nonsense. So, here we go.
Santonio Holmes: Talk about a really disappointing season. I think the only way is up after that debacle last year. I know a lot of us hate the guy after that implosion against the Dolphins, and still hate him after his supposed temper tantrum a few days ago, but let's not let that one season define him. If necessary, watch this to refresh your memory. No, he's not a true no. 1 receiver, he needs someone on the other side that can make defenses pay for focusing on him too much. That being said, he has all the talent and playmaking ability of one, so he's more of a 1A receiver in my opinion. Luckily, we have a speedster on the other side now who can be the kind of deep threat that Braylon Edwards was. All indications show that Santonio is doing everything he can to bounce back this year, and quite frankly, i'll be a bit surprised if he doesn't. His struggles also weren't all on him last season, Mark needs to do a better job of getting him the ball, since I do recall some instances where he just missed him, although that's not a lost cause either since they did very well together two years ago. He's a very good player that we're lucky to have, even if he may never live up to his salary.
Muhammad Wilkerson: This is one of the guys that i'm really excited to watch this season. He doesn't play a very flashy position, which is why talking heads and analysts don't ever really mention him, but we Jets fans know that he actually held the fort quite well, and as the season went on, he started to show some flashes of dominance. And this was even during a lockout season, coming out of a somewhat small football program, playing a position that usually takes some time to get acclimated to in the NFL. Now we have an actual defensive line coach coaching our D-line,and the addition of Quinton Coples should help him out a bit too. I expect a very good year out of him.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson: I honestly couldn't tell you what happened to him last season if my life depended on it. That was easily his worst year since 2007. What I know is that he just didn't look himself at all, getting way too easily abused by some defensive ends and outside linebackers, and actually giving up more sacks than Wayne Hunter. Speaking of which, I don't blame his bad performance on Wayne Hunter, since he always held up just fine being left on an island before last season. I haven't seen too many people complaining about him either, and I think that's because I think most of us expect him to return to his franchise-left-tackle form. That includes me. His struggles obviously seemed to go under-the-radar a bit since he got voted to the pro bowl anyway, but he needs to play like the player he was between 2008-2010. That's what he's paid to be. I'm honestly not too worried though, players as talented as him seldom have two bad seasons in a row.
Shonn Greene: This guy's gone through a lot of criticism despite overcoming that atrociously bad start, and at times some crappy run blocking, and rushing for 1054 yards at 4.2 a pop. That's not bad at all. And this was in a year where our run game was just really bad. No, he's not a do-it-all, every-down, playmaker running back, but he's a good pounder that's a very solid runner. His Pass blocking and catching improved last season, although he's still best off with a good 3rd down speedster to complement him. I think that's what Joe McKnight is capable of being (i'll get to him another day). Shonn is a kind of back that needs his carries to get a feel of the game and really wear a defense out over some time, and he's now in a run-first offense, which will benefit him. I expect a good season out of him.
I encourage y'all to leave your thoughts below. Part 3 will come around if the reception for this is good enough.