Jets release official dates for the start of 2014 season, see team release here: OTA Dates
With team veterans re-signed and 2 new players the team considers starter to be starting potential, organized team activities begin April 21 2014.
WR #1 addition Eric Decker bought his number #87 from Jeff Cumberland whom was wearing the number previously for the JETS.
Decker comes to the team from Denver where QB Peyton Manning bolstered Decker’s career last season.
Considered a #2 Wide Receiver, the New York JETS will use him as a number #1 as GM JOHN IDZIK continues to protect the team’s wallet, failing to bring in any #1 receivers in the opening weeks of free agency.
Breno Giacomini – OL, replaces Austin Howard on the O-line which many are relieved to see based on Howard’s failure to keep defenders north of the line of scrimmage.
The JETS have made minor signings elsewhere but nothing that is expected to change the outcome of those positions already.
In short, the JETS insist on living or dying with Geno Smith at the helm again this year (jets average about 5 yrs per failing QB) MICHAEL VICK was signed to a one year deal to either push or mentor Smith.
Even if Smith can make it to 2nd rate QB level he’ll need WR’s that will go after the ball and make the plays happen.
Tight Ends who will block and save Geno from scrambling, fumbling and being intercepted and RB’s/blocking backs whom can contain the inside and give Geno the 5 seconds he’ll need.
Fact is the supporting cast will have to be excellent in order to make Geno as Geno won’t be able to make them. We’ve seen this for many years in NEW YORK. If only we had a Quarterback.
We say this because the team seems to consistently field a top 5 DEFENSE and aside from needs at CB/S Positions it appears we’ll be able to do the same.
Many are saying that GM JOHN IDZIK is thinking about next year, this year as we’ll need money to re-sign players again in 2015 season and that him being frugal is wise.
We’ve seen this before. In fact many times before. Signing long-term #1 players is the answer to next year and beyond not constantly getting college kids cheap from the draft and thus constantly building.
In the years it takes to build those draft picks into NFL players your #1’s will again slip away. Traded because of salaries or just leave as they too want to be part of a super bowl bound team.
Moneyball keeps us right where we are – constantly building.
The JETS are being called, by one NFL reporter, one of the top 5 most improved offenses this off-season and that’s as of this date. REALLY?