Predicting the New York Jets' Breakout Players for 2013
After a disastrous 2012, the New York Jets enter 2013 with low expectations and without a known starting quarterback.
Even after a solid draft, New York's roster is in shambles.
Due to the lack of veteran starters on the depth chart, the team will have to rely on young and inexperienced players to step up and make a difference in major roles.
Here are the six players who will be given the playing time and have the skill to break out in 2013.
Josh Bush did not see much time on the field in his rookie season in 2012, as LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell and Eric Smith had locked up the top three spots on the depth chart at safety.
Now, with Smith, Bell and Landry no longer on the roster, Bush is primed to receive a lot of playing time, if not a starting job.
With decent size (5'11'', 208 pounds) and solid speed (4.5 40-yard time), Bush could be in for a breakout season in his sophomore year.
The Wake Forest product is a solid tackler and has a nose for the football. If he can win the second starting gig opposite Dawan Landry, he could be in for a surprise season.
2012 third-round selection Demario Davis will finally get his chance to make an impact in his sophomore season. He is expected to replace Bart Scott opposite David Harris at inside linebacker.
Davis has all the traits to be a starting-caliber player in his second year. The Arkansas State product has great athleticism, a high motor and nice tackling ability.
Davis should be the go-to guy at inside linebacker on first and second downs this year. If he can make an impact early, he could be a three-down starter.
Many fans and experts questioned the first-round selection of Quinton Coples, as they believed the defensive end put in subpar effort on the field.
However, one year into his NFL career, Coples has quieted many of the doubters.
Coples led the team with 5.5 sacks in limited playing time in his rookie year. In 2013, he is expected to start at outside linebacker.
While he might struggle when required to drop back in pass coverage, he should be in line for a double-digit sack campaign.
The North Carolina product should have his way with opposing linemen off the edge and finally provide New York with a legitimate pass-rushing threat at outside linebacker.
The fourth-round trade with the New Orleans Saints that acquired Chris Ivory has been overlooked by some and completely ignored by many others.
Ivory may not have been a huge playmaker in New Orleans, but that wasn't from a lack of skill—it was from a lack of opportunity. He was behind Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas on the depth chart, so he had little chance to make an impact.
However, Ivory is now the No. 1 back in New York, and he should be in for a big season.
Ivory has averaged a tremendous 5.1 yards per carry over his career. His ferocious running style wears down defenders and gives him more room to explode through.
With 200 or so carries, the former undrafted free agent should come close to 1,000 yards in his first year with the Jets.
Nose tackle Kenrick Ellis has battled a string of tough injuries and a lack of opportunity in his first two seasons in the NFL, but in 2013, Ellis looks primed to break out.
Sione Pouha is long gone, and Antonio Garay is old and does not possess the endurance to be a starting nose tackle. Ellis, who appears healthy, should win the job with ease with an impressive training camp.
In limited time on the field, he has looked dominant. His strength is top notch, and his athleticism is underrated.
The former third-round pick should make a sizable impact in his third season.