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5 Unheralded New York Jets Who Must Step Up in 2014

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5 Unheralded New York Jets Who Must Step Up in 2014

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Rex Ryan will be on the hot seat in 2014 even though he was a big reason why this team was so competitive in 2013. The Jets had one of the best defenses in the NFL in 2013, but their offense was subpar. There are a ton of players on this roster who need to step up their game in 2014. I will name five players who need to have more production.

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5. Quinton Coples

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5. Quinton Coples

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Many questioned the draft selection of Quinton Coples when the Jets drafted him in the first round of 2012. In his two years with the Jets, Coples has only had 10 sacks. That number must improve because the Jets didn't draft the North Carolina product to be a 4.5-sack kind of guy. Coples needs to post double-digit sack numbers in 2014.

4. Stephen Hill

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4. Stephen Hill

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Stephen Hill came out of Georgia Tech extremely raw, but no one ever questioned his potential. Hill stands at 6-foot-4, and he weighs 215 pounds. Hill flashes his potential sometimes, but there are major concerns over his hands. After they released Santonio Holmes, the Jets made it clear to Hill that he needs to have a bigger impact in 2014.

3. Eric Decker

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3. Eric Decker

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Eric Decker was overpaid by the Jets in free agency, but they needed to do it. Decker will never be better than a No. 2 receiver, and it should be known that Decker was catching footballs from Peyton Manning for the past two years. Decker will be the No. 1 receiver for the Jets, and he will need to have a big season for the team.

2. Dee Milliner

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2. Dee Milliner

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The Jets have gotten rid of two really good cornerbacks in the past two years in Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Oftentimes in 2013, Dee Milliner showed the potential to be a top-tier cornerback in this league. But there were times where he simply looked lost in his first professional season. Milliner will be the Jets' best cornerback in 2014, and he needs to build off the moments he had in 2013.

1. Geno Smith

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1. Geno Smith

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This one is obvious because the Jets spent a second-round pick on Geno Smith in 2013. Instead of getting another playmaker in this offense, the Jets took the chance on this West Virginia product. Smith also had moments in 2013, but he was extremely inconsistent. With Michael Vick coming in, Smith will have some competition for the starting gig around him. With a full offseason, Smith needs to improve for the Jets to make the playoffs.