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5 Positions New York Jets Should Address During 2014 Offseason

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5 Positions New York Jets Should Address During 2014 Offseason

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Coming off an 8-8 record in 2013, the New York Jets turned some heads. Despite missing out on playoff action for their third-straight year, they exceeded expectations. Players competed greatly for head coach Rex Ryan these past few weeks. Going forward, general manager John Idzik has a solid core to build around. I like Quinton Coples, Mohammad Wilkerson, and Sheldon Richardson all getting to quarterbacks.

Running backs Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory form a solid tandem. So, Ryan’s formula for victory is there. The issue is that this league has changed. In years past, teams with both solid running games and good defense, typically win Super Bowls. Now teams like to run these spread offenses and throw quite often. Gang Green has been late in catching up while struggling behind young quarterbacks. Both Mark Sanchez and now Geno Smith have struggled will ball security. It is still way too early for a judgment on Smith, but there are valid concerns.

Being able to create pass rush is great. Again, New York has great capability in that department. What hurts though, is an inept secondary throughout 2013. Young players reside here and could develop. It is simply a matter of whether they can turn into starters. Smith also did not get necessary time in the pocket. Explosive play makers can assist in improving this team. Unlike last year's owner, Woody Johnson’s club is expected to have salary cap space available. Here are five positions that they need to improve.

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5. Strong Safety

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Dawan Landry proved to be better at tackling then in pass coverage. I am not sure he is a starting safety. Questions remain as to whether Josh Bush is starting quality either.

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4. Free Safetey

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A few years ago, the Jets would have had one of football’s best defensive backs in Ed Reed. Despite two late-season interceptions, he is a relatively old shell of his former self. If Jarius Byrd gets free, he represents a good option.

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3. Quarterback

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This part of the depth chart brings challenges. Smith had his share of positive play, but also struggled badly for long stretches. I feel simply moving on after one year is a tough call. Matt Simms is not the answer, and David Garrard likely is still not healthy enough. Bringing in a veteran signal caller would provide useful competition.

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2. Right Tackle

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Idzik has constantly stated that competition for every position will occur. Even though Austin Howard was solid this year, he may benefit from a push.

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1. Wide Receiver

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Stephen Hill has reached bust status. David Nelson came up big this past season, but probably serves better as a third or fourth option. Jeremy Kerley makes big plays from the slot, but shouldn’t line up outside. Santonio Holmes’ time in New York will end shortly. As a result, adding at least one threat should be this organization’s priority.