Training Camp is nearly among us. Usually, freak injuries tend to occur during this time as players participate in rigorous padded practice for the first time after months of offseason. I would never try to jinx my team by predicting any injuries, but I could definitely name nearly half a dozen players who are oft-injured, including LaRon Landry, Shonn Greene, Jeff Otah, Bryan Thomas, Chaz Schilens and others.
However, injuries aren't the only cause for free-agent signings during training camp. Just as the Jets are attempting to do with the acquisition of Jeff Otah, competition brings out the best in the incumbent, for the most part. Mark Sanchez will be feeling that way when he goes up against Tim Tebow. Wayne Hunter is in a similar position with Jeff Otah.
But who will the Jets bring in as competition? Let's take a look at a couple of guys.
1. Braylon Edwards, Wide Receiver
Most Jets fans remember Edwards. By his final season with the Jets, he had a good rapport with Mark Sanchez. Now he's looking for a job. The Jets have already said that they do not want to re-sign him, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Edwards visiting and trying to compete with Chaz Schilens. And while Stephen Hill has a lot of potential, he is a very raw player who may be more than one season away from cracking the starting lineup.
Edwards definitely has the talent to be a No. 2 wide receiver at this point of his career. Keep in mind it was on a stable team two years ago that he posted 900 yards and seven TDs. He is the tall deep-threat that the Jets have needed since, well, since Edwards left. He would definitely take near veteran's minimum for the opportunity.
2. Cedric Benson, Running Back
The Cedric Benson saga has gone quite a long way through time. He was drafted fourth overall in the 2005 NFL draft. Even after two years, he had trouble cracking the starting lineup in Chicago. After Thomas Jones was sent to the Jets, hopes were very high, and they deserved to be; the fourth overall pick should be ready to go (especially a running back) by year three.
Off-the-field issues led to his departure from Chicago. Luckily for him, Cincinnati saw too much potential to just go to waste. In the next four years, he averaged over 1,025 rushing yards and missed seven games.
While at the near-ending age of 29, he hasn't received a real rigorous workout before he joined Cincinnati. While on the Jets, he would receive the LT workload, except for the fact that they are different types of players. It seems like Benson would be the head-down, in between the tackles runner that Thomas Jones was when he was the featured back.
3. Jason Brown, Offensive Guard/Center
Brown really is a prime example of a contract year. After having a magnificent season in Baltimore before free agency 2009, the St. Louis Rams and their management decided that he wasn't a one year wonder and threw a lucrative five-year, $37.5 million deal.
Brown is a very talented player with potential, but as of now, I don't see him cracking into the starting lineup barring a serious injury. As well, if they give him a two-year deal, they can groom him as Matt Slauson's or Brandon Moore's replacement.
So, what do you guys think of all this? You think Mike Tannenbaum's going to bite the bullet and find competition for his iffy starters, or will he sit back, relax and watch the season collapse. Leave a comment with your opinion and any questions, comments, etc. In my next article, I will be looking at possible trades that the Jets could make. Thanks for reading.
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