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Quarterback Chad Pennington #10 of the New York Jets looks to push the Jets into a winning season. Jets must stay healthy and be stable on defense.
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Star Power: Chad Pennington, QB, 5 years, 6-3, 225 lbs.; Curtis Martin, RB, 10 years, 5-11, 210 lbs.; Santana Moss, WR, 4 years, 5-10, 185 lbs.; Kevin Mawae, C, 11 years, 6-4, 289 lbs.; John Abraham, DE/LB, 5 years, 6-4, 256 lbs.; Shaun Ellis, 5 years, DE, 6-5, 285 lbs.
Notable Additions: Justin McCareins (acquired via trade with Tennessee), Eric Barton (Oakland), David Barrett (Arizona), Quincy Carter (Dallas).
Notable Subtractions: Dave Szott, Mo Lewis, Marvin Jones, Sam Garnes, Aaron Beasley.
Notable Returnees: Wayne Chrebet, Dewayne Robertson, Sam Cowart.
Offensive Overview: Chad Pennington recently signed one of the richest contracts in NFL history. He has the pocket poise and leadership demeanor that can bring the Jets a Championship. His receiving corps has been upgraded with the addition of McCareins but the team will only do as well as the running game. Curtis Martin has been doing it for so long – a time will come when he no longer can. Whether that is this year or not remains to be seen. LaMont Jordan is his backup and big things have been expected from him but Martin gets the carries.
Defensive Overview: The Jets will play a hybrid 4-3/3-4 under new defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson. The Jets front line has as much talent as any in the league. Former first round picks line up everywhere and their maturation will go a long way in determining the success of the defense. Abraham will lineup everywhere and must be accounted for, while the linebackers have a new dimension of speed which should aid in the running game. The plan is to attack and create havoc along the line, whereas in the past it was a read a and react defense.
Special Teams Overview: Santana Moss is as dangerous as they come in the punt return game. He has the speed and vision to break one at any moment and team's gameplan against giving him the ball. Doug O'Brien is solid from within 40 yards but long range is not his forte. Toby Gowin is looking to recoup after a down year. He is the Jets fourth punter in as many years and will likely handle kickoffs.
The Jets have snuck into the playoffs twice in the last three years and can do it again this year if they remain healthy – a big if. With Miami down and likely out, the Jets can get 10 wins out of their somewhat weak schedule.
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