Four Downs: Jets Training Camp Preview

With the New York Jets preparing to descend on Cortland, N.Y. for training camp, Green and White Report takes a look ahead at what to watch for once practices and scrimmages get underway on July 25.

First Down:

Out with the old in with the new

Is the writing on the wall for quarterback Mark Sanchez this upcoming season? After the Jets selected former West Virginia star Geno Smith in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft, you better believe it. It's put up or shut up time for the player previously known as the ‘Sanchize.' Rex Ryan and company are fed up with Sanchez's costly mistakes and if the fifth year veteran doesn't turn things around in a hurry, he could be on clipboard duties this upcoming season.

Second Down:

Good Morhinweg

The Jets needed a new offensive coordinator in the worst way, after Tony Sparano left Gang Green in worse shape than he found them following just one season in the Big Apple. Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast system will emphasize quick drops in the pocket and relies on pass-catchers out of the backfield. The new scheme aims to alleviate the burden on the offensive line and create simpler reads for the quarterback. If Sanchez can't find success in the system he played in while at USC, his future in the NFL looks bleak.

Third Down:

Rex Marks the Spot

With defensive coordinator Mike Pettine joining the Buffalo Bills this offseason, Ryan will oversee Dennis Thurman in 2013. New York's head man will be more actively involved in the defensive playcalling and is determined to help shape a young, more athletic defensive unit. The 2013 version of the Jets may have lost All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay, but with Ryan calling the shots, expect Gang Green to finish atop the defensive rankings this year.

Fourth Down:

Holmes is Where the Heart is

Still making his way back from a LisFranc injury suffered at the beginning of last season, star wide receiver Santonio Holmes' health will be a major factor come training camp. Holmes is expected to start camp on the physically unable to perform list and will have only a handful of weeks to reach peak physical conditioning. The former Super Bowl MVP will need to develop a familiarity and rhythm in a new offense and get on the same page with Sanchez or the neophyte Smith. Holmes' road to recovery has been anything but easy, and don't expect his transition to a revamped offense to be a walk in the park either.

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