Stock Up, Stock Down for Every New York Jets Positional Unit This Preseason

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Stock Up, Stock Down for Every New York Jets Positional Unit This Preseason
Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

After two preseason games, most New York Jets fans are probably squirming in their seats.

The offensive line has been dangerously bad, the receiving corps is wrought with injuries and the offense seems to have a severe deficiency in playmakers.

The start of each NFL season is supposed to bring hope, but where's the hope for fans of the green and white?

Don't worry Jets fans, hope is there.  You just have to look hard to find it.

First off, the starting defense is playing incredibly.  It's a small sample size, but if people are going to criticize the offense after just a few quarters, you can't use the small sample size to then discredit the defense's accomplishments.

Also, many of the Jets top players this preseason have been first- or second-year players.  Players like Muhammad Wilkerson, Demario Davis, Quinton Coples, Antonio Allen and Stephen Hill seem like they will grow into excellent NFL players, giving the Jets a young core to go along with superstar veterans like Nick Mangold, David Harris and Darrelle Revis.

Finally, while the team has been hit with the injury bug in practice, none of the injuries seem to be major and that is a great accomplishment at this point in camp.

The starters are slated to play just one more preseason game and if they can make it through this Sunday's game unscathed, the Jets will be very much ahead of the competition health-wise.  

But back to the negatives.

The team's offensive line has been so abysmal that it is making everyone on the unit look bad.

Quarterbacks have no time to throw, running backs have no holes and receivers can't catch balls from quarterbacks who get planted into the ground two seconds after the snap.

Because it's the Jets, the media and haters across the country are focusing fully on the negatives.  Unfortunately, the team has given them a lot of ammunition the past two weeks.

There are some reasons to sound the alarms and pray that Mike Tannenbaum is burning up the phones looking for trades.  However, keep in mind that last preseason the Rams, Dolphins and Redskins were a combined 10-2 while the Patriots, Saints and Falcons were a combined 4-8.

When looked at closely and fairly, the Jets have been a mixed bag so far.  Here's a closer look at each positional unit in the Jets' "stock up, stock down" report.

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