5 New York Jets Facing Make-or-Break Seasons In 2014

5 New York Jets Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2014

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Coming off a surprising 8-8 season in 2013, the New York Jets will look to build on that momentum heading into the 2014 season. The Jets have added some key components in free agency, including Michael Vick, Eric Decker and Chris Johnson. They hope that by augmenting their young corps, they can make progress from last season. The following players will play key roles, and this year could make or break their tenures as Jets.

5. Quinton Coples, OLB

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5. Quinton Coples, OLB

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Quinton Coples was a controversial pick when the Jets selected him in the 2012 draft, but given Rex Ryan's penchant for defense, people were willing to see what Rex had in store for young Coples before jumping to any conclusions. Coples played sparingly during his rookie season, but started 13 of 14 games he played in last season. He only registered 4.5 sacks and 38 tackles, numbers that aren't going to cut it when he comes up as a FA in 2016.

4. Stephen Hill, WR

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4. Stephen Hill, WR

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Stephen Hill was a second-round pick of the Jets in 2012, a round after Coples. While his talent and physical tools are immense, Hill has had difficulty making his mark on the team. While he has made his fair share of big plays, he's had trouble holding on to the ball and staying healthy. With the Jets importing other receivers around him, it's time for Hill to come through or he could be on the way out.

3. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, LT

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3. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, LT

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D'Brickashaw Ferguson has been a stalwart on the left side of the Jets' line since 2006, but his best days look to be behind him. Ferguson recently turned 30 and, while that's by no means old for a tackle, his play has waned in recent seasons. With the money that he's earning, Ferguson has to restore his level of play to that of a few seasons ago in order to justify the Jets holding on to him when his contract is up.

2. Kyle Wilson, CB

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2. Kyle Wilson, CB

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Kyle Wilson only has one season left on his rookie deal, and with the Jets in need of cornerback help following the loss of Antonio Cromartie to Arizona, this could be his year to shine. Wilson has been a grave disappointment since being taken in the first round in 2010, but his play improved slightly last season. With no definitive CB2 on the roster as of now, Wilson has to either shape up or ship out next offseason.

1. Geno Smith, QB

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1. Geno Smith, QB

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While this may be jumping the gun a bit, 2014 will be an important season for Geno Smith. With the signing of Michael Vick this offseason, the Jets have put Smith on notice that he's not going to be handed the starting job outright. If Smith can't beat out Vick or does and then regresses, it could put New York in a bind as to what to do with the QB position going forward. Smith's performance this year could determine his future with the team.


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