YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- New York Jets

They’ve been the most talked about team of the offseason.  They had the distinction of getting the Hard Knocks series on HBO.  We found out that Rex Ryan loves M&M’s a lot and Mike Tannenbaum can’t field a punt.  Darrelle Revis wants a lot of money (and got it) and an island named after him.  Mark Brunell’s daughter thinks Mark Sanchez is hot.  Now that the entertainment aspect is over, it’s time to translate the expectations onto the football field.  Fireman Ed is in midseason form, did you see him dump that drunken Giants fan on his ass in the preseason, great stuff.

(Fireman Ed)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUy8P8LhWsA&feature=related

 Quarterbacks

 Mark Sanchez- 196/364  53.8%  2,444 yds  12 td  20 int  63.0 rat

All the Jets are asking out of Sanchez is to not make major mental mistakes.  He didn’t have a great rookie regular season, but he turned it on late and into the playoffs. 

(Mark Sanchez)

His arm strength isn’t great, but it’s good enough.  Sanchez is good on his feet, knows how to slide in the pocket and throw on the move.  He’s eager to learn and improve.  He’s also shown that he wants to be a leader.

Others- Mark Brunell, Kellen Clemens

Brunell was brought in to tutor Sanchez. 

Clemens is a former starter.

GRADE- 7.25

 Running Backs

Shonn Greene- 108 car  540 yds  5.0 avg  2 td

Greene is suited perfectly for what the Jets want to do, that’s pound the rock with physical running.  Greene isn’t a burner, but he will run through you, break tackles and constantly keep his feet moving.

(Shonn Greene)

LaDainian Tomlinson- 223 car  730 yds  3.3 avg  12 td  20 rec  154 yds

Tomlinson is not the same, dynamic back he used to be.  He will catch the ball out of the backfield, and probably see goal line carries. 

Others- Joe McKnight, Chauncey Washington, John Connor

The Jets are hoping that McKnight can fill Leon Washington’s “do it all” role.

Connor is nicknamed “The Terminator.”  He can hit.

GRADE- 7.25

 Receivers

 Santonio Holmes- 79 rec  1,248 yds  15.8 avg  5 td

Holmes will miss the 1st four games of the season due to suspension.  When he’s on the field, Holmes stretches the field.  He’s great after the catch.

Braylon Edwards- 45 rec  680 yds  15.1 avg  4 td

Edwards has had one great season in the NFL, and has yet to get back to that level.  He drops more footballs than any starting receiver I know, besides maybe Terrell Owens.  He has the tools; size, speed and leaping ability, but he still has yet to put it all together. 

Jerricho Cotchery- 57 rec  821 yds  14.4 avg  3 td

Cotchery isn’t fast, but he knows how to set his defender up to get by him.  He has sure hands.

TE- Dustin Keller- 45 rec  522 yds  11.6 avg  2 td

Keller is looking to breakout entering his 3rd season.  He needs to become more consistent, but he’s a heck of a talent.

Dustin Keller Dustin Keller #81 of the New York Jets runs past Brandon Meriweather #31 of the New England Patriots on November 13, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

(Dustin Keller)

Others- Brad Smith

Smith took some snaps in the “pistol” formation.  He played quarterback in college at Missouri.

GRADE- 8

 Offensive Line

 LT- D’Brickashaw Fergusen

Fergusen is very athletic for a tackle.  He’s long armed and durable.  He showed improvement as a run blocker last year.  The Brick has always been a solid pass protector.

LG- Matt Slausen

The Jets were hoping that Vladimir DuCasse would be the starter, but he’s been atrocious during the preseason.

C- Nick Mangold

In my opinion, he’s the best center in football, and the best run-blocking center in football.  Mangold is a manchild at the point of attack and gets rid of linebackers on the second level.

(Nick Mangold)

RG- Brandon Moore

Moore can create holes for running backs, but needs to get a bit better in pass protection.

RT- Damien Woody

Woody is not as quick as he used to be, but he can still keep a pass rusher in front of him.

 GRADE- 9

 Defensive Line

 LDE- Shaun Ellis- 53 tck  6.5 sck  1 ff

Ellis is entering his 11th season and seems to be breaking down a bit.  He’s the teams best pass rushing lineman.

NT- Kris Jenkins- 13 tck 

Jenkins comes back after tearing his ACL in week 6.  He’s the most important player in the Jets scheme.  He is a massive space eater.

(Kris Jenkins)

RDE- Sione Pouha- 45 tck 

Pouha did a solid job filling in a nose tackle in Jenkins absence.  He gives a solid push and pop to opposing lineman.

Others- Vernon Gholston, Mike DeVito

Gholston was seen as a bust until this past camp.  He’s looked good as a 3-4 defensive end.

GRADE- 8

 Linebackers

LOLB- Bryan Thomas-  53 tck  2 sck  1 p def  1 ff

The injury to Calvin Pace hurts.  Jason Taylor will move from the left side to right, and Bryan Thomas gets plugged in to start.  Thomas is an inconsistent player who’s strong vs the run.

LILB- Bart Scott- 92 tck  1 sck  1 p def

Scott is the vocal leader of the defense.  He’s a physical player who loves to hit.

RILB- David Harris- 127 tck  5.5 sck  2 int  3 p def  2 ff

Harris is the best linebacker you’ve never heard of.  He is a playmaker.  He’s aggressive and plays with great instincts.  He blitzes well, sheds blocks and relentlessly pursuits the ball.  Shit, he does it all.

(David Harris)

ROLB- Jason Taylor- 42 tck  7 sck  1 int  5 p def  3 ff

Taylor doesn’t possess the speed he used to, but can still get to the quarterback.

Others- Kenwin Cummings, Calvin Pace

I believe Pace will be out 4-6 weeks.  He’ll start when he gets back.  He brings a burst off the edge.

GRADE- 8

 Secondary

LCB- Darrelle Revis- 54 tck  6 int  31 p def 

The best cornerback in football finally got his much coveted payday.  He shuts everyone down, EVERYONE!

(Coming Soon)

RCB- Antonio Cromartie- 33 tck  3 int  10 p def 

He may not know how many kids he has, but he’s a good cornerback.  I predict him to flourish playing opposite Revis.  He will get those interception numbers he was getting a few years ago.  Cromartie is extremely athletic, and has outstanding ball skills.  He can get beat on occasion, but those are the chances you take with this guy.

CB- Kyle Wilson- ROOKIE

Wilson was too good to pass up at 29.  He’s a playmaker with good recovery speed.

FS- Brodney Pool- 50 tck  4 int  10 p def  1 sck

Pool is a physical, hard hitter.  Good luck replacing Kerry Rhodes though.

SS- Jim Leonhard- 76 tck  1 int  5 p def  2.5 sck  1 ff

Leonhard isn’t athletic, but he’s smart and a leader in the secondary.

Others- Eric Smith, Dwight Lowery

Smith could get the nod over Pool at free safety.  He’s the same type of player Pool is.

GRADE- 9.25

 Special Teams

 PK- Nick Folk- 18/28 51 lg

Folk gets a fresh start.  The former Pro-Bowler just came off a dismal season in Dallas before getting released.

P- Steve Weatherford- 80 punts  42.0 avg  25 in 20  66 lg

Weatherford has a strong leg and will kick off.

KR- Brad Smith- 10 ret  31.0 avg  1 td  101 lg

Smith has return ability, but he’s no Leon Washington.

PR- Jerricho Cotchery- 23 ret  10.3 avg  31 lg

Joe McKnight and Kyle Wilson could return kicks too.

GRADE- 7

 2010 PREDICTION- 11-5

A lot of the success this season hinges on Mark Sanchez.  When he doesn’t make mistakes, the Jets win.  Look at what they did in the playoffs.  They have the best defense in football.  If  the 1999 Rams was last year’s New Orleans Saints, this could possibly be the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. 

Offensive MVP- Nick Mangold

Defensive MVP- Darrelle Revis

Breakthrough- Antonio Cromartie

Overrated- Braylon Edwards

Underrated- David Harris

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