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10 Takeaways From New York Jets Training Camp So Far

New York Jets Training Camp: 10 Takeaways So Far

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The New York Jets enter the 2014 training camp with a lot of new players trying to prove themselves for a spot on the team. We've learned a lot so far since training camp has kicked off, and here is a list of things to look out for as the Jets progress into the preseason.

10. The Jets Talk a Big Game

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10. The Jets Talk a Big Game

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Dee Milliner and Calvin Pace have been saying some things that their game may not be able to back up. Milliner said that he is the best DB in the league, and Pace said that the Jets have the best defense in the league. Both are very bold statements, and personally I'm not a fan of them. It doesn't help that Rex Ryan is there to support the talk from his players and back up everything they say.

9. Tajh Boyd May Not Make the Team

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9. Tajh Boyd May Not Make the Team

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Boyd was a dual-threat QB from Clemson and a late selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. No one expected Boyd to earn the starting QB job or anything of that nature, but the young guy is struggling big time and he and the team are well aware of his poor play thus far. Boyd has a long way to go in order to make it as a starting QB in this league, and he may have a long way to go in order to make the team this season.

8. Jason Babin Hasn't Missed a Beat

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8. Jason Babin Hasn't Missed a Beat

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The Jets brought in the veteran DE, and he's everything the team wanted and more. I was surprised when the Jets brought him in, because the team was never linked to his name before signing him to a two-year contract. This was a great move for the Jets, and Babin will play as a situation pass rusher in blitz packages so they won't wear him down. Look for Babin to be a big-time force for the Jets as the season begins.

7. Chris Ivory Works as Jets' Goal-Line Back

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7. Chris Ivory Works as Jets' Goal-Line Back

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Now that the Jets have Chris Johnson at RB and Bilal Powell, it's going to be hard for Ivory to get a lot of touches. Last season he was the go-to-guy, and this time around he will mostly be used in short-yard situations. I think that the role for Ivory is a great one, because it keeps him fresh and it keeps him away from injury.

6. No Rookie WR has Stepped Up

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6. No Rookie WR has Stepped Up

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The Jets knew they had a weakness at WR, so when the 2014 NFL Draft came around they tried to find some new pieces. It's early, but Jalen Saunders and Shaq Evans have not stood out in training camp. If a rookie wants playing time in the NFL, they need to make a strong first impression and make sure that the coach sees their all on every single play. Let's hope the young guys can step up soon and help out.

5. The Jets' Defense Looks Elite

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5. The Jets' Defense Looks Elite

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The New York Jets' Green and White game was headlined by their defense. It held the offense to only six points, and if it can play like this throughout the entire season all I have to say is watch out. The Jets know how important the defense is to the team, and that's why they spent a first-round pick, once again, to strengthen the best part of the team. Jason Babin, Calvin Pryor and Kenrick Ellis are three players to watch out for this season.

4. The Jets' Offense is a Work in Progress

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4. The Jets' Offense is a Work in Progress

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Just how the Jets' defense was praised for its play in the Green and White game, the offense was the opposite. It only managed six points and none of the new players stood out. Eric Decker and Jace Amaro are two of the guys the Jets need to step up and help out this year, but the offense has only been average so far in training camp. Often you hear names that make good impressions, but so far it's been pretty quiet.

3. Zach Sudfeld is Outplaying Jace Amaro and Jeff Cumberland

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3. Zach Sudfeld is Outplaying Jace Amaro and Jeff Cumberland

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Could Sudfeld be the best TE on the Jets roster right now? I think that he might be. Jeff Cumberland and Jace Amaro should be nervous every time Sudfeld gets on the field, because he may have a chance to take over as the No.1 tight end on the Jets' roster. GM John Idzik loves him some competition, and he has a three-man race trying to capture the top spot.

2. Chris Johnson is Progressing Quickly

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2. Chris Johnson is Progressing Quickly

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Johnson is getting back to full health, and that spells trouble for the rest of the NFL. I don't expect him to be the 2,000 rusher from a few years ago, but if he could provide a spark, the Jets would pat themselves on the back for signing him in the offseason. It's only training camp and Johnson is yet to play in a full NFL game, so he still has a long way to go on his road to recovery.

1. Geno Smith and Michael Vick are About the Same

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1. Geno Smith and Michael Vick are About the Same

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Here it is, the big competition of the summer. Smith is head to head in a main event matchup with Vick, and right now the scorecards are even. Neither QB has impressed the coaches or fans during training camp so far, but if the fight ends in a draw then Smith will retain his title as the starting quarterback. We'll get to see these two a lot during the preseason, so it should be fun to watch.

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