The New York Jets launch training camp on July 24 with a number of lingering issues. Coaching staff-excepted, every segment of the team- offense, defense, and special teams- has undergone numerous offseason changes and is still plagued with some instability.
With that in mind, here are 3 questions Coach Ryan and company need to answer sooner rather than later.
1. Who’s catching the ball?
The team will want to end training camp with a shortlist of 9 WRs; it has 12 right now. Stephen Hill, Quincy Enunwa, and Jacoby Ford are the presumed candidates on the chopping board and will want to use camp as proof of their value. Hill has had two unproductive, injury-plagued seasons for the team in which he has shown flashes of brilliance. Enunwa, despite being the team’s 2014 6th round pick, is inexperienced and lacks elite athleticism to set him apart. Ford provides perhaps the most intriguing case of the trio. While not the greatest catcher of the football, the former Raider can also be used as a kick-returner.
2.Quinton Coples: boom or bust?
Coples, the team’s 2012 1st round, has had a disappointing couple of seasons. Like the aforementioned Hill, Coples needs to come to his own and become a consistent weapon in Ryan’s defensive arsenal. The team’s interior linebackers, David Harris and DeMario Davis, are solid but lack that explosiveness that Coples needs to provide.
3. Darrelle Who?
Calvin Pryor’s arrival muted any talk of a Dawan Landry-Antonio Allen pairing. Instead, the two are now competing for the same job. Like Coples, Antonio Allen is supposed to be an X-factor type of player who can hits hard and intercepts often. An Allen-Pryor pairing is clearly Ryan’s overall aim, Allen’s consistency and inexperience are the player’s only drawbacks which is where the veteran Landry jumps in.
Apart from this issue, the Jets have other concerns to address. Dee Milliner’s development, Kendrick Ellis at NT, and Daryl Richardson as running back are only a few of the other issues that are surely keeping ole’ Rex burning the midnight oil a week before the team’s camp begins.