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The New York Jets’ 5 Most Intriguing Players of 2014

The New York Jets' 5 Most Intriguing Players of 2014

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After finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season, the New York Jets had a pretty active offseason. Here are the top 5 most intriguing players for Gang Green in 2014.

5. Michael Vick

Michael Vick
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5. Michael Vick

Michael Vick
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As soon as the New York Jets cut ties with the distraction of Mark Sanchez, the team picked up an even bigger distraction in Michael Vick. The controversial quarterback played well at times in Philly -- when healthy. Can Michael Vick be a dynamic weapon off the bench for the Jets' offense or will this be the Tebow disaster all over again?

4. Calvin Pryor

Calvin Pryor NFL Draft
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4. Calvin Pryor

Calvin Pryor NFL Draft
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With the 18th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected Calvin Pryor from the University of Louisville. Can the rookie FS make an immediate impact to help shore up the Jets' defense in 2014?

3. Muhammad Wilkerson

Muhammad Wilkerson sacking Joe Flacco
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3. Muhammad Wilkerson

Muhammad Wilkerson Sacking Joe Flacco
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Can the Jersey-born defensive lineman follow up his breakout performance in 2013 with another Pro Bowl-worthy season in 2014?

2. Eric Decker

Eric Decker Super Bowl Press Conference
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2. Eric Decker

Eric Decker Super Bowl Press Conference
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One of the biggest reasons for Geno Smith's inconsistency in 2013 was his lack of (or outright absence of) legitimate offensive weapons. The New York Jets signed one of the top receivers from the AFC Champion Denver Broncos. Decker caught 80-plus passes and a double-digit number of touchdowns in each of the previous two seasons -- albeit from arguably the greatest quarterback of this generation. Can Decker be the offensive threat Smith needs?

1. Geno Smith

Geno Smith throwing
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1. Geno Smith

Geno Smith Throwing
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The quarterback is arguably the most important player on the field. In his rookie season, Geno Smith, much like his predecessor, showed flashes of brilliance offset by a comedy of errors. Can Smith be more consistently effective with a year of experience under his belt and an actual offensive weapon in WR Eric Decker?

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