5 Things We’ve Learned From New York Jets’ Early OTAs

5 Things We've Learned From New York Jets' Early OTAs

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As OTAs are underway for the New York Jets, some concerns have already hit camp. From injuries to players who are stepping up to show starting potential, take a look at five things we've learned so far from the team's OTAs.

5. Jace Amaro Leaving Great Impression

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5. Jace Amaro Leaving Great Impression

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TE Jace Amaro so far has been solid in OTAs. He's running his routes well, catching almost everything thrown his way, and is making the case that he's ready for plenty of work in the red zone. Keep an eye out for him as the OTAs continue -- he could be a true difference-maker on offense.

4. Dimitri Patterson Could Determine Cornerback Efficiency

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4. Dimitri Patterson Could Determine Cornerback Efficiency

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The defensive secondary for the Jets pretty much depends on how well Dee Milliner does in his sophomore season and the kind of leadership Dimitri Patterson brings to the table. He's somewhat injury-prone and if he misses any significant playing time when it matters most, it could determine just how successful the Jets' defense are against high-octane passing offenses.

3. Geno Smith Should Be Jets' Starter

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3. Geno Smith Should Be Jets' Starter

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There was some confusion early on during OTAs that nobody really knew who would be the Jets' starting quarterback this upcoming season. First it was Geno Smith, then it was dubbed an open competition, and then there was some talk of Michael Vick giving the Jets the very best chance to win this season.

Make no mistake about it, this is Smith's job to lose and unless he gets injured or plays horribly, he'll be starting come Week 1.

2. Willie Colon Surgery Opens Eyes On O-Line Depth

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2. Willie Colon Surgery Opens Eyes On O-Line Depth

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Willie Colon unfortunately injured his knee during OTAs and will now require surgery. Rest assured, he should be back in about 4-6 weeks just in time for training camp. The Jets need to make sure they have a backup plan in case he's not 100 percent healthy throughout the season though. He's had four surgeries in the past four years and if the Jets don't bring in some depth as insurance, their offensive line could see major woes.

1. The Emergence Of Shaq Evans

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1. The Emergence Of Shaq Evans

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A nice situation has been developing in regards to rookie WR Shaq Evans. He's emerging as a candidate to earn some decent starting time due to his speed, playmaking abilities and the fact that he's overachieving thus far. Eric Decker is considered the Jets' No. 2 wide receiver with the No. 1 spot up for grabs. It will be interesting to see if he can take out Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley.

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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