Here is my first and only crack at predicting the initial 53-man roster. I did my best to steer clear of similar lists from other writers, reporters and outlets. Without further adieu…
The Jets’ quarterback competition is still wide open as the team prepares for its third preseason game. Ryan was uncertain whether Sanchez or Smith would start Saturday night against the Giants, let alone the regular-season opener.
For the Jets to exceed somewhat low expectations this season, they need Santonio Holmes to return and do what he does best — provide not just the requisite statistics, but more of his signature moments.
Gang Green’s top playmaker has informed friends that he expects to miss New York’s first four games, at a minimum, the New York Post reported on Monday.
Mark Sanchez insists he’s focused only on his own progress, and so far, likes what he’s doing for the New York Jets in training camp.
“If I can be that No. 1 wide receiver, that’s what I’m striving for,” Hill said. “(Holmes) is definitely going to make that comeback sooner or later, but other than that I’m definitely striving to be that No. 1 guy.”
Who is gone? Who has arrived? Who is primed for a breakout season? Who might be on the chopping block? We’ll tackle all of that starting…NOW!
Darrelle Revis is long gone. So is Tim Tebow. And so are several other players from last year’s dismal Jets team. It’s time to start fresh at Camp Cortland.
It would be a difficult decision for any coach, but Ryan seems to have a handle on it — at least a better one than when he dealt with the quarterback situation during his rookie coaching season in 2009.
Wide receiver Stephen Hill predicts a postseason run for the Jets this year. “Oh yes, definitely,” Hill told the NFL Network. “We will be in the playoffs, and deep in the playoffs.”
Idzik needs to have a short list of candidates to replace Ryan and his coaching staff. If you see six other teams hire their head coach before the Jets do next offseason, you’ll know Idzik is not prepared.
Smith has many issues, but footwork is the biggest. He is struggling to understand the mechanics, and that leads to overall sloppiness. He is not ready to play right now, and he’ll have to pick it up quite a bit if he is going to be able to contribute this year.
Holmes has been out since last September, when he broke his left foot. He spoke Wednesday about his long recovery and “learning to walk again.”
If you look at the big picture, Monday night’s loss — which mercifully eliminated the Jets from the AFC playoff race — was a good thing for the franchise. And the comic ineptitude made it even better.
Signing Braylon Edwards sends a dangerous message to the rest of the Jets’ locker room.