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5 Irreplaceable Players For the New York Jets During the 2013 NFL Season

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New York Jets Need a Miracle Plus Huge Contributions from These 5 Star Players

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Going from back-to-back AFC Championship appearances to disorganized, diva-like drama queens, the New York Jets have red flags all over the place. In order for the Jets to not endure a disastrous season in 2013, they will actually need these five irreplaceable players to grow up and play some football.

In 2012, the Jets had a 6-10 record, and at times, it seemed that the players fought each other more than fighting against their opponents on Sunday afternoons.

Right from the moment that the team signed Tim Tebow to lead their “Wildcat” offense, everything just fell apart. If a leader like Tebow and a man of faith couldn’t unite “Gang Green”, the Jets are just a lost cause and a timebomb ready to blow at any given moment.

If things couldn’t get any worse, the Jets’ offseason sealed the deal in creating one of the worst days the Jets faced all year. Instead of retaining one of the all-time greats and single-handedly the best corner the NFL has seen in decades, the Jets traded their best player to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With Darrelle Revis officially being a Buccaneer, the Jets not only lost their best defensive player but their best offensive player as well. That’s how bad the Jets offense is and how important he was to this team.

2013 is going to be a long season for the Jets, and they will need more than just five irreplaceable players to perform well to even have a remote chance of not embarrassing themselves further. One thing the Jets could use is a guardian angel, but then again, nobody wants to mess with this team.

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Joe McKnight

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Running back Joe McKnight has everything to be a fantastic player, both in rushing and more so in the passing game. McKnight possesses both the speed and ability to make people miss in the open field.

Offensively, McKnight can either be a savior to his troubled quarterback Mark Sanchez or he could be a ghost. Having a solid running game always helps the quarterback play, and McKnight needs to have a great year in order for NFL teams to take the Jets seriously.

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Antonio Cromartie

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When the Jets shocked the world and announced that Revis would be traded to the Buccaneers, defensive back Antonio Cromartie was speechless.

After boasting one of the best passing defenses in the NFL ever since Revis was a rookie, what once was the team’s strength will now be a huge question mark for the upcoming 2013 season.

Cromartie will need to step up his game dramatically, depending on how good rookie cornerback Dee Milliner can be.

Instead of one side being shut down due to “Revis Island”, the Jets secondary is now open for business unless Cromartie can become a leader in the backfield.

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Nick Mangold

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One of the few bright spots on this team and one of the very best centers in the last decade has been Mangold. Without Mangold, the Jets wouldn’t be one of the top rushing teams, and Sanchez would literally get knocked out of every single game by opposing defenses.

If Sanchez didn’t have Mangold, let's just say that instead of going out to house parties and bars in New York City, Sanchez would be sipping his drinks and food through a straw under the bright lights of a hospital room.

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D'Brickashaw Ferguson

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If center Nick Mangold is the heart and soul of the team, then offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson is the life support and pulse of the team.

Sanchez is lucky that he has one of the best offensive lines in the NFL to protect him or he wouldn’t even have time to drop back with the football. Ferguson is one of if not the best left tackle in the game.

There is a reason why the Jets have been one of the better rushing teams in the league no matter who they have as their running back. Ferguson will be counted on to protect the drama queen quarterback from getting sweat stains and getting his facemask planted into the ground. Mangold is the engine, and Ferguson is the fuel.

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Mark Sanchez

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When it comes to the Jets quarterback Sanchez, these are the words that come to mind: controversial, egocentric, limited, bust, scared, prideful, inadequate, insecure and embarrassing.

Not only has the media taken their shots at Sanchez, but his teammates have also thrown him under the bus multiple times. Since being drafted, Sanchez has had his moments of greatness, but he has been too inconsistent that it has overshadowed the good.

If the Jets plan on going anywhere in 2013, they better pray and hope that Sanchez can mature and start playing football like a grown man instead of a “kid”.

I'm not sure how well rookie quarterback Geno Smith can perform, but something tells me that he isn’t a “Saint” either. How Sanchez handles the pressure will show whether he is still a franchise quarterback or if he is just another bench warmer.