5 Breakout Players on the New York Jets’ Defense for 2014

Breakout Players on the New York Jets' Defense for 2014

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The New York Jets speak a big game, but they need to back it up when the team takes the field in 2014. The talent is there to be one of the NFL's best and they could get to the very top of that list if a few players step up and take them there.

5. Kenrick Ellis

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5. Kenrick Ellis

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Ellis was overshadowed by NT Damon Harrison's breakout in 2013, but Ellis also had a solid year for the Jets. He didn't put up great numbers, but he was a great backup to Harrison and the duo was a shutdown-tandem against the run. If Ellis can elevate his game in 2014, opposing teams better watch out because that could be a pretty deadly one-two rotation at NT.

4. Demario Davis

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4. Demario Davis

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Davis isn't very big, he isn't a household name, but he's always around the ball. I see some Jonathan Vilma like qualities in the LB from Arkansas State. Some could argue and say that last season was his breakout season, but I expect even more from Davis because I think his ceiling is pretty high. He had 101 tackles and one sack last season and I predict 125 tackles and five sacks this year.

3. Quinton Coples

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3. Quinton Coples

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The Jets expect big things from Coples this season and I think he will prove them right. Coples has the talent to be a good to great LB in this league. If Coples and Demario Davis can breakout in 2014, that is an added bonus to the already stellar Jets front seven.

2. Calvin Pryor

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2. Calvin Pryor

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I know Calvin Pryor is a rookie and he hasn't had a previous season under his belt, but I expect him to breakout right away. There's a lot of pressure on the rookie to anchor a Jets secondary that doesn't have a lot of experience. Pryor is going to start from Week 1 and prove that he is NFL-ready right away.

1. Dee Milliner

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1. Dee Milliner

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Milliner said that he is the best CB in the league, which is crazy, but let's see if he can be a top CB in the NFL. He has the skill set and the opportunity to be one of the NFL's best and I'm sure the Jets would love to see if he can backup his words. The pressure is on him to produce and if he can't, then he better go run and hide from the New York media. Milliner needs a breakout in 2014.

Vinny Lanni is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

 

 


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