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Bills AFC Rival New York Jets: An Improved Team For 2014 Season

Bills AFC Rival New York Jets: An Improved Team For 2014 Season

Photo By Paul 'MR NFL' Adamo

New York Jet QB Geno Smith At Jet Camp SUNY Cortland

Photos by Paul Adamo

The NY Jets training camp is just a short 90 miles southeast of the Buffalo Bills camp, in Cortland, NY at the SUNY Cortland campus. The Jets this season had upgraded their team with many new key additions to the quarterback and receiver position and their overall roster depth. The two quarterbacks for the Jets, Geno Smith and Michael Vick, looked in mid-season form when I visited their camp in August twice, as they completed passes with precise accuracy and without many balls hitting the ground. Both displayed excellent foot work, throwing technique and pocket awareness. Vick, coming over from the Philadelphia Eagles was especially impressive as he looked injury free and displayed quick decision making in finding open receivers. The defense will be lead by two standout defensive tackles Sheldon Richardson and Mohamed Wilkerson. Both are All-Pro caliber run stuffers and pass rushers who will anchor a strong front seven, one of the best in the NFL. Add linebackers Calvin Pace and David Harris and the defense should be among the top 10 in points allowed, and overall defensive statistics. The Jets have a defense that is championship caliber. The offense should be much improved from since last season. Quarterback Geno Smith appears to have matured in the second season and looks to have a breakout year in 2014. If he should falter as the starter, Michael Vick is more than capable of leading the Jets. With the addition of Chris Johnson, whose legs appear healed from injuries that hampered him in his last two years with Tennessee; he will probably be asked to carry the ball around 10-12 times again. He will be used as a change of pace speed back for starter Chris Ivory. Receivers Eric Decker acquired from Denver in the off-season and returning wide outs Jeremy Kersey, Stephen Hill, with TE Jeff Cumberland are tall, strong targets for Geno Smith. Coach Rex Ryan can always be counted on to field an aggressive, hard hitting defense. His track record as a defensive coach is solid. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will have more weapons on offense and this will result in more points scored by the Jets. The six divisional games between New England, the Bills, and Miami will be crucial in determining possible playoff spots in the AFC. Expect close games between the divisional opponents. Quarterback play will be the determining factor as it always is in the NFL. The Bills will face this season a Jet team improved and hungry to make their mark in the highly competitive AFC East.


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