The New York Jets Training Camp is one week and the much anticipation of the season comes. General Manager Mike Maccagnan and Head Coach Todd Bowles both did an excellent job in the off season. They got back Darelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie and traded for Brandon Marshall. They also picked the best available talent in the first round which was Leonard Williams and got a deep threat receiver in Devin Smith for the second. But exactly how can this team be offensively and defensively during training camp.
The offense will under a new system compare to the west coast offense run by former offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. It will be a spread type offense under Chan Gailey which is similar to what Quarterback Geno Smith ran in West Virgina. Smith will be more comfortable in this offense since he will not have to throw quick passes, but will have better weapons in every position including the wide receiver spot. Both Bowles and Gailey announced that Smith will be the starting quarterback come training camp due to the injury of Ryan Fitzpatrick during his tenure with the Houston Texans.
Smith is going into this third year as the quarterback of the Jets. He been demoted a few times of his starting position and looks to make a statement in training camp. Expect him to get the majority of the reps and make plays to Marshall, Eric Decker and possibly Tight End Jace Amaro, who can be an x factor for the offense. Offensively by the end of training camp they should be solid and ready to go for the season.
The defense will be in a similar system compared to former Head Coach Rex Ryan. The pieces of Revis, Cromartie and even Cornerback Buster Skrine will make this a better defense that it was last year. Dee Millner and Dexter Mcdougle were disappointed last year due to injuries and the front seven did what it can against top quarterbacks. But now they are healthy and determined to be a top defense in the NFL.
On paper they should be number one or in the top five. Bowles likes to blitz a lot and has three to four legit pass rushers that can cause trouble for any quarterback. Even without the presence Sheldon Richardson, who is suspended for four games due to drug use, they are still formidable in the front of the defense. They do there job and give quarterbacks little time to think, cornerbacks like Revis and Cromartie can intercept it or pick it off.
The safety position can go to Calvin Pryor or Antonio Allen. Pryor should play strong safety while Allen plays free safety. All of these pieces together along with the scheme of Bowles should make the offense in training camp feel uncomfortable. Both offensively and defensively the Jets should be ready for the season depending on how they do in training camp and preseason.