Allow me to start off by saying, it's good to be back. What a draft, huh? I'm excited etc.
So I took the time to write up my predictions for the Jets 53 man roster in 2014 with some bold predictions following it. This is the opening season roster, not the end of the year roster, which I envision will look a little different depending on who doesn't make it through the season for other teams -None of us expected Ed Reed would be a Jet by the end of 2013. So here it is:
New York Jets Roster for the 2014 Season Opener:
QB: Geno Smith, Michael Vick, Matt Simms
FB: Tommy Bohanon
TE: Jeff Cumberland, Jace Amaro, Zack Sudfield
OG: Brian Winters, Dakota Dozier, Willie Colon
C: Nick Mangold, Dalton Freeman
OLB: Quinton Coples, Trevor Reilly, Calvin Pace, Troy Davis
S: Calvin Pryor, Antonio Allen, Dawan Landry, Rontez Miles, Josh Bush
K: Nick Folk
P: Michael Palardy
LS: Tanner Purdom
Practice Squad: Steele Divito, Brandon Dixon, Tim Fugger, Michael Campbell, Tajh Boyd, Ik Enemkpali, Anthony Grady, Brandon Hardin, Quincy Enunwa
And now some Bold Predictions regarding Offense, Defense, and Other:
The Good News:
-Stephen Hill is gone! We get a 5th round pick in 2015 for the draft bust and move on with David Nelson in mind for the second spot on the outside, but eventually Shaq Evans emerges as the favorite for this outside position.
-Tommy Bohanon returns as an elite blocker, turns out that trial by fire in 2013 made him work on his insufficient blocking skills during the offseason and he easily retains his spot as the Jets starting FB
-Geno takes the step. Its okay, he cuts his interceptions in half and connects on more long balls than any other starting QB. Michael Vick plays a total of 15 downs and doesn't hinder anything.
-Chris Johnson is everything we expected him to be, but his biggest contribution comes in pass blocking-we all know our tight ends aren't going to improve the pass block-and that's okay. His numbers won't be as impressive, but that's only because Chris Ivory will get his share of carries as well
-Oh and Jace Amaro is the offensive rookie of the year, beating out Sammy Watkins, Tre Mason, and Odell Beckham Jr.
-The O-Line does fine. Winters has improved and Dozier eventually starts opposite him, taking the reign as our starting left guard for 2015.
-Despite facing him twice in 2014, Revis still does not get an interception off Geno Smith, nor will he ever. In fact, Jace Amaro and Chris Johnson help the Jets render the New England defense hardly a threat.
The Bad News:
-Blessing in disguise, Willie Colon goes down with a season ending injury early but its okay because Dozier takes over and never looks back
-There is no light at the end of the tunnel for William Campbell, he doesn't make the team. Oday Aboushi barely holds on, if only for tackle depth.
-Jacoby Ford makes it to the third preseason game before succumbing to his season ending injury, but in another blessing in disguise, Jalen Saunders takes over punt return duties
-We learn that Jeremy Kerley will price himself off the team for 2015, and Jalen Saunders becomes our new slot receiver.
The Good News:
-The Sons of Anarchy are better than last year, Sheldon and Mo both go to Hawaii
-Quinton Coples uses his mind and plays half the season like he did in New Orleans-he plays the other half like his old self though
-DeMario Davis is slightly better than last year, and David Harris plays like his 2013 self, but the inside linebacker situation remains mediocre
-Dee Milliner makes the pro bowl, no I'm not joking. Dee excels covering every opponents number one target, intercepts Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and even Peyton Manning over the course of the season. With Calvin Pryor's help, Dee hasn't replaced Revis Island, but he sure makes the situation look far less dire.
-Speaking of Calvin Pryor, his arrival makes the corner situation better. He has four interceptions, but still gets burned jumping some routes. Rex publicly addresses his sloppiness, panning Pryor for looking for the big play rather than playing conservatively.
-The Safety situation is suddenly inspiring. Antonio Allen continues covering tight ends admirably and Rontez Miles and Josh Bush show how much they've learned from Ed Reed. As for Dawan Landry, no one misses him at the end of the season when he is sent packing.
The Bad News:
-Antwan Barnes is lost in training camp with an injury, but don't worry, he returns in week 9 as a pass rush threat just in time for a playoff run.
-Calvin Pace is not as good as he was in 2013, he is decent, but not good. The Jets pass rush remains a cause of concern.
-Dimitri Patterson doesn't make it through the season either, Dexter McDougle and Darrin Walls split replacement duties and do okay. Rex publicly gives the starting role to McDougle for 2015.
-The penalties are slightly higher than 2013, but it doesn't have as much of a negative effect as some would assume. Calvin Pryor is fined three times, Rex is forced to insist he is learning how to hit properly… he isn't.
Other Good news:
-Nick Folk hits every extra point, misses two field goals: one early and one late.
-Ryan Quigley already lost his number to Michael Vick, but he also loses his job to Tennessee UDFA Michael Palardy. Its okay for Quigley though, he latches on with a competitor and we see him again in the playoffs.
-Oh did I say playoffs? Yes, the Jets return to the AFC Championship game after winning an easy matchup against the Bengals and a hard fought rematch against the Broncos that is won simply on a Nick Folk kick. Do we win the AFC Championship game? I don't know.
-For the second year in a row, every one of our draft picks remains with the team, four of which latch onto the practice squad. UDFA Steele Divitto is eventually called up and remains a special teams mainstay.
-Speaking of Special Teams, the Jets have the best special teams unit in the NFL, headlined by Ellis Lankster, Nick Bellore, Rontez Miles, Trevor Reilly, Jerimiah George, and Johnny Patrick.
-Although our injuries are much higher than last year-IR by season's end will have Antwan Barnes, Jacoby Ford, Willie Colon, Dimitri Patterson, Kenrick Ellis, and perhaps more-it will be a celebratory season in Florham Park.
-Good as gone in 2015: Jeremy Kerley, Kyle Wilson, David Harris(although he is offered a pay cut to return), Willie Colon, Michael Vick, Dimitri Patterson, Dawan Landry.
-Biggest draft need in 2015-PASS RUSH
-Final Record-10-6. Rex takes advantage of new coaches and rookie quarterbacks, the toughest stretch of the season is the two games lost to Denver and New England on short rest, but we make it through okay and get revenge in the playoffs. Oh and don't worry about Sammy Watkins, EJ Manuel doesn't make it through the season. Sammy is bitter.
Other Bad News:
-Rich Cimini continues to use words like "Tebow," and "Butt-Fumble," which I can only assume is out of protest for not being given a team he likes to write about.
-People still have the audacity to ask for Rex's job, especially after the tough two weeks against the Broncos and Patriots
-In a stunning turn of events, the Giants remain above the Jets in power rankings for much longer than they should
That's all I got for now. Good to be back .