Expectations are high for the New York Jets as the 2014 NFL season approaches. Here are some bold predictions for how their season might go.
Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson help spur 2,000 yard season
There is no longer a mistaken identity regarding the New York Jets offense. They fully intend to feature a run-first attack and have stockpiled their roster accordingly with talents like Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson. They also beefed up the offensive line at right tackle and guard to help that effort. When an offense understands what it wants to do from the outset, execution becomes much easier. The Jets will see success on the ground in 2014, so much in fact that they will end up topping the 2,000-yard mark.
Geno Smith will start all 16 games
The dominating topic regarding Jets football of late is centered around their quarterback position. Recent free agent addition Michael Vick is a favorite among many to eventually become the starter but coaches have remained adament that the job belongs to second-year man Geno Smith until he proves otherwise. It’s easy for fans to bash Smith. He struggled quite often last season, turning in some truly horrific performances. At the same time he also flashed some of the talent that got him drafted in the first place. With an improved supporting cast and more experience hopes are high that he’ll take the next step. Not only will he do that, but expect Smith to put the Vick debate to rest by starting all 16 regular season games.
Calvin Pryor notches five sacks on the season
Rex Ryan loves to have safeties who can hit on the back end of his defense for the New York Jets. So taking Louisville product Calvin Pryor in the first round of the NFL draft made a ton of sense. The kid has great range and shows know fear when delivering a shot to the ball carrier. However his most overlooked feature is an ability to blitz. Pryor is very good at timing his moments. Considering how much Ryan loves to bring heat, the rookie should see plenty of chances to attack the quarterback. Not only will he find success at it, but he’ll end up having more sacks than interceptions to the tune of five.