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5 Early Predictions for the New York Jets’ 2014 Season

New York Jets: 5 Early Predictions for the 2014 Season

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It's a bit early to begin making predictions about the 2014 season, but in the doldrums of the NFL calendar, it's still a fun way to ignite discussion. Here are five early predictions for the New York Jets' upcoming campaign.

5. Michael Vick Will Begin Season as Starting QB

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5. Michael Vick Will Begin Season as Starting QB

Michael Vick
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The starting quarterback job might be Geno Smith's to lose entering training camp given the high-draft choice the Jets invested in him, but it's difficult to envision a healthy Michael Vick not outperforming Smith, who was erratic as a rookie, in the preseason. Regardless of who the Jets would like to see start, Rex Ryan will enlist whoever gives his team the best chance to win in the starting lineup. That's likely Vick.

4. Michael Vick Will Not Finish Season as Starting QB

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4. Michael Vick Will Not Finish Season as Starting QB

Michael Vick
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Vick hasn't played a full 16-game schedule since 2006, his last year with the Falcons. His playing style as a duel-threat signal caller combined with his small frame just hasn't been ideal for durability. If Vick is able to win the starting job in camp, chances are he won't last the season. Geno Smith should see action regardless.

3. Dee Milliner Will Become Lockdown CB

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3. Dee Milliner Will Become Lockdown CB

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As a rookie, cornerback Dee Milliner was victimized in coverage early and often. Grading as Pro Football Focus' No. 66 overall corner, Milliner conceded the 13th-most passing yards and the fourth-most passing touchdowns in the entire league at his position. However, he improved greatly down the stretch. His experience as a rookie, however adverse at times, will pay off in a big way in 2014.

2. Jets Will Upset Patriots in Week 7

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2. Jets Will Upset Patriots in Week 7

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There's just something about the way Rex Ryan's team plays defense that seems to limit Tom Brady's effectiveness. I'm not expecting the Jets to seriously compete for a playoff berth in 2014, but they'll still have a bright moment or two. The brightest will come in Week 7 in Foxborough, when the Jets will upset the Patriots in a low-scoring slugfest.

1. Jets Will Finish Last in AFC East

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1. Jets Will Finish Last in AFC East

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The Jets overachieved in 2013. As a result, the media is suggesting they have re-surfaced as a legitimate playoff contender. While Rex Ryan is a great head coach, capable of leading these Jets back to the playoffs, the roster is lacking the necessary talent to take the next step. With the Bills and Dolphins seemingly improved, the Jets will finish in the division's cellar.