New York Jets 2015 Season Preview

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2014 Record 4 – 12

Key Additions

Brandon Marshall (wide receiver), Ryan Fitzpatrick (quarterback), Darrelle Revis (cornerback), Antonio Cromartie (cornerback), Buster Skrine (cornerback), Stevan Ridley (running back), Leonard Williams (defensive end)

Key Departures

Chris Johnson (running back), Kendrick Ellis (defensive tackle), Kyle Wilson (cornerback/kick returner)

Breakdown

The Jets certainly won the offseason. By bringing back Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, as well as trading for Brandon Marshall and drafting potentially the best player in this years draft in Leonard Williams, the Jets really added some weapons for Todd Bowles and the new coaching staff. One huge question now is how the quarterback situation will pan out.

Projected starter Geno Smith will be done for the next 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw (projected to return week 6) and now the Jets will be forced to begin the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Though Fitzpatrick has fared well in Chan Gailey’s offensive system before (throwing 71 TDs from 2010-2012 with Buffalo), he did break his leg last December and no one is sure how he will be able to perform when the season starts. There is hope Bryce Petty could someday take the reigns for the offense but he hasn’t show much yet in camp.

However, the defense will be fine. Bowles blitz-heavy offense is perfect for the talent on the Jets roster. He will be able to switch between his traditional 3-4 scheme with some line-heavy 4-3 looks. The return of Revis and Cromartie while adding Buster Skrine answers just about every question the Jets had about their otherwise young and oft injured secondary. Front to back the Jets defense is stacked and deep. Unfortunately the circus that is their offense will likely keep them out of the postseason.

X-Factor – Eric Decker

With the addition of Brandon Marshall, Decker should see less attention than he did last year. Decker moves back to the familiar number two receiver role that he played in Denver and could see over 115 targets for the fourth straight season. If he can reel in 75+ passes again it will open things up for the rest of the offense.

2015 Breakthrough Player Quinton Coples

The 2012 first round draft pick has yet to live up to the player the Jets hoped he would be when they drafted him. He did however record a career high 6.5 sacks last season and there is reasonable hope that in 2015, Todd Bowles system will help Coples reach the next level.

Best Case

Ryan Fitzpatrick fits perfectly into the offense and the Jets do a good job of clock management on offense, while the restacked defense lives up to the hype and the Jets make the postseason. 11 – 5

Worst Case

Fitzpatrick can’t keep the offense together, Geno Smith comes back and doesn’t do much better or it is simply too late and the Jets look for greener pastures next year.  5-11

Key Game

January 3 @ Buffalo Bills – The Jets could be in contention for a wild-card spot when they visit Rex Ryan and the Bills to close out the season. It may be an opportunity for the Jets to steal away a playoff berth from their old coach… and IK Enemkpali, the player that initially put their season in jeopardy.

Projected Record 8-8

About the author: Matthew Palmateer