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5 New York Jets Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

5 New York Jets Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

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The 2014 NFL season is filled with much hope for many teams, including the New York Jets. Coming off an 8-8 season, the Jets are looking to their starters to help bring the team back into being playoff contenders. A handful of starters will be heading into a decline though, due to probability of lingering injuries and their performance history. Take a look at 5 starters that will struggle in 2014.

5. WR David Nelson

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5. WR David Nelson

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Wide receiver David Nelson received some starting time last season but didn't produce much when his number was called. The Jets made sure to bring in plenty of receiving targets to help bolster its corps and Nelson will get lost in the mix. He's too inconsistent and with all the new guys in town like Eric Decker, Shaq Evans and Jalen Saunders, it's only a matter of time before he's benched.

4. CB Dimitri Patterson

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4. CB Dimitri Patterson

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Cornerback Dimitri Patterson is coming from a different defensive system and has a track record of nagging injuries. The Jets need him to be a proven veteran and provide solid experience for guys like Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle. Patterson will be on the decline since he doesn't have a fast enough reaction time in the secondary. Once the Jets face guys like Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers and Tom Brady, they will be targeting him.

3. TE Jeff Cumberland

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3. TE Jeff Cumberland

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Tight end Jeff Cumberland continues to be on the decline since he's not truly a difference-maker at his position. Now with Jace Amaro in the picture, Cumberland will either step up his game or be playing as backup. Amaro will give him some great competition and might even gain more starting time as the season progresses.

2. WR Stephen Hill

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2. WR Stephen Hill

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Wide receiver Stephen Hill has much to worry about these days. Still not living to the potential the Jets saw in him when he was drafted a few years ago, he continues to struggle and disappear as the season unfolds. He isn't considered a deep threat and since the Jets have plenty of new receivers in town, is looking more and more expendable as time passes.

1. RG Willie Colon

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1. RG Willie Colon

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Right guard Willie Colon unfortunately injured his knee at the start of OTAs and will need surgery to have his knee scoped. He'll be out for about 4-6 weeks but should be back in time for the start of training camp. Problem is, he's a veteran going into his ninth year in the NFL and has plenty of wear and tear on his body. You can't fight time or nagging injuries and he might not ever reach 100 percent upon his return.

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