Predicting the New York Jets' Breakout Players in 2013

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IMarch 22, 2013

Predicting the New York Jets' Breakout Players in 2013

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    The New York Jets continue to reach new lows this offseason, as the franchise has lost eight starters from last season and only signed a couple capable players.

    The overhaul is not unexpected, as the team lacks the salary cap and draw to attract top free agents.  

    With the roster devoid of talent, young players will be given the opportunity for extended playing time this season, and depending on their performance, maybe even earn a starting job. 

    Here are some Jets youngsters sure to break out in 2013. 

Garrett McIntyre

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    With Bart Scott out of the picture, the Jets are hoping a young player currently on the roster can step up and emerge as a solid starting inside linebacker this season. 

    While Demario Davis is sure to make strides, Garrett McIntyre has the ability to put up solid numbers in extended playing time.

    McIntyre recorded 35 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in limited time on the field.

    The 28-year-old has never been given an opportunity in the NFL, as he was signed as a practice squad member by the Seattle Seahawks in 2006 before spending time in the Canadian Football League.

    However, if given major snaps, McIntyre has the tackling ability and football intelligence to succeed.  

Jeff Cumberland

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    We saw a preview of a Dustin Keller-less world last season thanks to Keller's persistent injury concerns.

    Without Keller in the picture, Jeff Cumberland performed adequately.

    The big tight end recorded three games of 50 or more yards in the absence of Keller while also providing decent blocking on outside run plays.

    Cumberland, despite only 53 targets, even led the Jets in receiving touchdowns.

    The Illinois product still has room for improvement, but with his solid athleticism and a nose for the end zone, the drop-off at the tight end position will not be as drastic with Keller gone.   

Mike Goodson

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    Mike Goodson is another talented player who has never been given the opportunity to succeed with major playing time. 

    The 25-year-old has solid speed and above-average athleticism, and he played extremely well in limited playing time with the Panthers and Raiders over his brief career. 

    Last year, Goodson recorded 6.3 yards per carry in limited touches, and in 2010, he recorded over 400 yards and three touchdowns on 4.4 yards per carry. 

    The newly-acquired running back is also a dynamic receiving threat. He caught all 16 of his targets last year, and he recorded 40 receptions in 2010.

    While Goodson is no Ray Rice, he is a major upgrade over the diddling Shonn Greene, and he could be in for a solid season.  

Quinton Coples

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    Many feared Quinton Coples would be another Vernon Gholston when the Jets selected him with their first-round pick last offseason. 

    Only one year into his career, Coples has silenced the critics.

    In very limited playing time last season, Coples recorded 30 tackles, 5.5 sacks and five stuffs. 

    The North Carolina product's combination of game-changing speed and brute strength were too much for opposing offensive linemen to handle all season. 

    Entering his second season, Coples is guaranteed more playing time, and double-digit sacks are a very achievable feat for the young defensive end. 

Austin Howard

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    Many Jets fans moaned and groaned at the thought of a young, inexperienced player manning the right tackle spot last season. 

    However, Howard managed to perform adequately over the course of the season. Despite a few bumps along the road, Howard played like a solid starting right tackle in 2012.

    Howard showcased nice technique and solid strength in his first year in the starting gig.  

    The 25-year-old Howard still has room for improvement, but a full offseason in the starting role is sure to help him develop. 

    While the guard position is in shambles for New York, Howard and D'Brickashaw Ferguson will form a solid duo of tackles next season and beyond.