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NFL Previews: 2014 New York Jets Preview and Analysis

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The New York Jets had a better season in 2013 than I expected, and with some nice additions this offseason, the Jets could make a run at the post season in 2014.

The Jets have Geno Smith under center, and while at times last season Smith looked completely lost and unmotivated, he did, at times, show flashes of what is needed to bring this team back to the post season.  New York added Michael Vick to the roster to sit behind Smith, and as of now, Vick is ok with that role.  If Smith starts to struggle however, it will be interesting to see how long it takes Ryan to get Vick involved.  The Jets also improved their backfield this offseason, adding Chris Johnson to the mix.  Johnson has said that he doesn’t want to play in a “backfield by committee” but considering his age, and the other players on the roster currently for New York, that is what I expect them to do, especially as the season progresses.   

New York finished last season 12th in the league in defensive efficiency, and once again in 2014, if the Jets are going to make the post season, the defense is going to have to lead the way.  In 2013 the Jets were outstanding against the ground attack, but the secondary struggled at times, New York is getting right to fixing that, drafting two players in the first three rounds of this past draft on secondary talent.  Pryor is a hard hitting safety that should be able to fit right into Ryan’s system.

The schedule for New York isn’t easy, but with what should be an improved secondary, and Smith having another year under his belt, the Jets could have a shot at improving on their record from a season ago...but it won't be easy.  Especially if the Jets struggle early and find themselves with a mid-season quarterback controversy.

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New York Jets Predicted 2014 Record: 8-8

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