Stat Predictions for New York Jets Key Offensive Players
After a chaotic and disappointing 2011, the Jets offense will look to right the ship this season.
The team made numerous changes to the offense, bringing in new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, polarizing quarterback Tim Tebow and dynamic rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill.
Gang Green expects to re-establish it's "ground-and-pound" philosophy of yesteryear in a hope to make it back to the postseason.
With that said, here are stat predictions for each key Jets offensive player.
While offensive line isn't a statistical-based position, it is among the most significant aspects of a successful offense. Here are full predictions for the Jets offensive line in 2012:
Nick Mangold: 16 Games Started
D'Brickashaw Ferguson: 16 Games Started
Matt Slauson: 13 Games Started
Wayne Hunter: 14 Games Started
Brandon Moore: 16 Games Started
Mangold, Ferguson and Moore are the staples of the Jets offensive line, and each possesses outstanding durability. Mangold has missed just two starts in his six-year career. Ferguson hasn't missed a single start in his six-year career, and Moore has started at guard for the Jets in every game since 2005.
Expect the Pro Bowlers to all be healthy and effective this season.
Slauson is coming off major shoulder surgery and could miss a few games at the beginning of the season to get back to full health.
Hunter is a liability on the offensive line, and Rex Ryan may choose to replace him with the equally-awful Vladimir Ducasse for a few games.
2012 Stat Predictions: 234 rushing attempts, 976 yards, 4.2 yards per carry and six touchdowns
Shonn Greene is coming off his first 1,000-yard rushing season, but he was still wildly inconsistent throughout last year.
Greene lacks the explosiveness to be a premier feature-back at the NFL-level.
With Tony Sparano controlling the playbook, Greene is in line to see his carries decrease from last year.
In Sparano's four years as Dolphins head coach, Miami's backup running backs received a total of 1,094 carries, while the starting runner only received a total of 777 carries.
With McKnight right on his heels for the starting job, Greene will have to step up his game this season.
Expect the Iowa product to put up stats that are eerily similar to last year's totals.
2012 Stat Predictions: 149 rushing attempts, 687 yards, 4.6 yards per carry, two rushing touchdowns, 18 receptions, 177 yards, 9.8 yards per reception and one receiving touchdown
Joe McKnight emerged as one of the game's most dangerous return men last season, and his role is likely to increase this year.
With LaDainian Tomlinson out of the picture, McKnight is expected to be the backup and third-down runner in 2012.
As explained in the previous slide, Sparano loves to use a slew of different backs in his offensive system.
McKnight should receive a large quantity of touches this season, especially on passing downs.
The USC product is the most dynamic backfield threat on the Jets roster, and he has the ability to break one out on any given play.
McKnight should have a tremendous season and be a crucial part of the Jets' success.
2012 Stat Predictions: 28 completions on 55 pass attempts, three passing touchdowns, one interception, 313 passing yards, 50.9 percent completion percentage, 72 rushing attempts, 392 yards, 5.4 yards per attempt and three touchdowns
The acquisition of Tim Tebow was met with much criticism from Jets fans, but the move makes the offense much more dynamic.
Tebow's ability to run and throw should keep opposing defenses on their heels and allow the Jets to consistently move the chains.
The wildcat will return to its pre-2011 form, and Tebow's significance will go beyond the stat sheet.
2012 Stat Predictions: 74 receptions, 886 yards, 12.0 yards per reception and six touchdowns
Dustin Keller has improved his game in every year since his sophomore season, and he has become a critical part of New York's passing game.
Keller led the Jets in both receptions and receiving yards last season.
The former first-round pick provides Sanchez with a terrific check-down option.
In a contract year, Keller should step up his game and become the Jets' most consistent receiving threat in 2012.
2012 Stat Predictions: 19 receptions, 223 yards, 11.7 yards per reception and one touchdown
Patrick Turner has been good buddies with Mark Sanchez since back in their USC days, so the two have easy chemistry on the football field.
Turner only had eight receptions last season, but he picked up several first downs in crucial moments.
I predict Turner to beat out the newly-acquired Chaz Schilens for the Jets' No. 4 wideout role in 2012.
His playing time will still be limited, but with steady hands, good length and decent speed, Turner should have a significant impact in New York's passing game.
2012 Stat Predictions: 48 receptions, 514 yards, 10.7 yards per reception and three touchdowns
Jeremy Kerley's outstanding athleticism and terrific speed has drawn him comparisons to Santonio Holmes.
Kerley burst on to the scene last year when he racked up 314 receiving yards on 29 catches.
Entering his sophomore season, Kerley's game will be more refined and his role will grow.
The Jets will utilize Kerley in the slot for most of the year, and Sanchez should rely on him as a check-down option.
However, Kerley's explosiveness will allow him to break out a few short passes for big yardage.
2012 Stat Predictions: 49 receptions, 714 yards, 14.6 yards per reception and eight touchdowns
Stephen Hill is an extremely raw wide receiver, but his outstanding natural ability will allow him to have a solid rookie season.
Hill has an unbelievable combination of superb speed and good size.
The Georgia Tech product will be a dangerous deep threat for Mark Sanchez from the beginning, as he will be able to burn opposing cornerbacks consistently.
Hill should also be New York's most potent red-zone target.
Despite some massive holes in his game, Hill will emerge as one of the league's future stars at the wide receiver position.
2012 Stat Predictions: 66 receptions, 923 yards, 14.0 yards per reception and six touchdowns
Santonio Holmes could not have had a worse year in 2011.
The former Super Bowl MVP had a career-low 654 receiving yards, and he was a locker room diva throughout the season.
Despite the horrific year, Holmes seems primed for a rebound season.
The 28-year-old is one of the most naturally-gifted wideouts in the league, and he has been working out with Sanchez for much of the offseason.
Holmes has too much talent (and too much to lose) not to rebound in a big way in 2012.
2012 Stat Predictions: 288 completions on 501 passing attempts, 23 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 3,478 passing yards, 57.5 percent completion percentage and two rushing touchdowns
Mark Sanchez has been one of the most criticized players in the league since his rookie season despite achieving more in three years than most quarterbacks do in their entire career.
Sanchez has struggled with decision-making for much of his brief career. He led the NFL with 26 turnovers last season.
Despite the Jets' regression as a team last season, Sanchez improved in the majority of statistical categories.
Sanchez set a new career-high in touchdowns, passing yards, completion percentage and passer rating.
With Sparano running the offense, Sanchez will revert back to the game-managing role in 2012.
The new identity will allow Sanchez to relax and not feel the need to carry the offense.
The low expectations of the Jets heading into this season will also help to alleviate the pressure on Sanchez.
The USC product will struggle again with turnovers, but he will be a more complete quarterback this season.
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