May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets fans cheer as Calvin Pryor (Louisville) is being selected as the number eighteen overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Are the New York Jets a Playoff Team in 2014?


The New York Jets were nearly a playoff team in 2013, so it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say they look like a playoff contender in 2014. But have they done enough this offseason to push themselves over the hump in the AFC?

We know the Jets play good defense, and despite the polarizing figure that Rex Ryan is, he’s actually a very good football coach.

We also know the Jets’ offense was the poster child for ineptitude in the NFL last season, led by some issues at the quarterback position as well as a lack of playmakers offensively.

With a ton of picks in this year’s draft, the Jets set out to fix specifically that after adding big name free agents like Eric Decker, Michael Vick, and Chris Johnson.

If this were 2010, the Jets might have something seriously dangerous here.

Still, New York made some interesting draft picks that caused me to go back and look at this roster makeup. What players will they keep, and who will they have to let go?

We saw New York give a ton of money to Eric Decker, and in recent years they have invested only one truly ‘high’ draft pick in an offensive skill player still with the team, and that was on former Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill.

You have to think Hill’s roster spot is in jeopardy after the additions the Jets made in the draft and free agency. Here’s a quick rundown of the skill players they have added this offseason alone, as well as the incumbents.

New Arrivals

  • WR Eric Decker (Broncos)
  • WR Jacoby Ford (Raiders)
  • RB Chris Johnson (Titans)
  • RB Alex Green (Packers)
  • WR Jalen Saunders (Draft, 4th round)
  • WR Shaq Evans (Draft, 4th round)
  • WR Quincy Enunwa (Draft, 6th round)

Incumbents

  • WR Stephen Hill (Draft, 2nd round)
  • WR Jeremy Kerley (Draft, 5th round)
  • WR Greg Salas
  • WR David Nelson
  • WR Clyde Gates
  • RB Bilal Powell (Draft, 4th round)
  • RB Chris Ivory (Trade, NO)

ALSO

The Jets also selected Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro in the second round of the draft this year. This might have been the best addition offensively they made outside of Decker this offseason.

Amaro has the ability to split out wide, he can play in-line, and he can eat up receptions and become a quarterback’s best friend.

What About Quarterback?

What the Jets plan on doing at the QB position remains to be seen. They have an intriguing crew taking snaps this offseason, including last year’s 2nd round pick Geno Smith, free agent pickup Mike Vick, and former Clemson star Tajh Boyd, a sixth rounder this year, in addition to Matt Simms.

There are a lot of people that believe Vick will win the job over Smith, and that may be the case, but if he does, it simply means that Geno will have to wait for his opportunity rather than earn it, since Vick is a near certainty to be injured at some point if he is a team’s starting quarterback.

Regardless of what happens, at least the Jets have attacked this area of their team this offseason. They made it a priority to add a lot of speed, playmaking ability, and competition, and they have done exactly that.

Will it translate to wins? I could definitely see that being the case.

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  • Paul Newbold

    You never really answered your own question. Are the Jets a playoff team this season? Going into the draft, I felt like they had a better then average chance of making the playoffs. Coming out of the draft I have my doubts. The schedule is a tough one for the Jets this season, with Buffalo making some big moves and the Pats still standing tall, their own division will prove a challenge. Add to that games against the Bears, Kansas City, Pittsburg, and Denver and it will probably be an uphill battle. The draft was disappointing in my book, They had 12 picks, of which 6 were in the top 150! They came away with 2 sure fire starters in Pryor and Amaro, and a whole bunch of question marks! Rather disappointing, considering they had that many picks, and all the flexibility they need to vastly improve this team. I’m still hoping for the playoffs, but I’m not as confident as I was going into the draft!

  • RONBO19

    Sayre, I’m not convinced the Jets record from last year was a true indication of where they are today. Yes, last years 8-8 record surprised a lot of the so-called experts who predicted a 3-13 or 4-12 record before the season even started. Of course no one would have predicted Atlanta’s fall from grace as coming off a playoff season with a young team so their final 4-12 record was a big let down.Ditto Tampa Bay who many experts pegged as contenders going into last season as well. Miami ran into the Richie Incognito fiasco which derailed any playoff aspirations they might have had and lets keep in mind, three of the Jet wins were over 4-12 teams. There is still a lot of work to be done to make the Jets relevant,much less a playoff team. The corner back position should have been addressed during free agency but we wound up shopping in the bargain basement for a 31 year old injury prone D.Patterson who is unlikely to last more than half a season based on his recent injury history.And frankly, his skill set is better suited to the slot rather than on the outside where the bigger more physical receivers line up.Right now we have a 2nd year corner coming off a suspect rookie season where he played a couple of good games but was mostly not very good. A third round pick from this draft who most experts had pegged as a 5th or 6th round talent,again more suited to the slot as he lacks the strength and press coverage skills for the outside,and the 31 year old injury waiting to happen? Does this sound like a recipe for a playoff team?