New York Jets OTAs: Latest Player Reports and Analysis

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IMay 27, 2013

New York Jets OTAs: Latest Player Reports and Analysis

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    The New York Jets are never far away from headline news, and the first week of organized team activities has not been any different. 

    Gang Green and their players have already been embroiled in headlines, both positive and negative. 

    While football season seems light years away, OTAs are vastly important to Rex Ryan and Co., as the team faces a variety of questions entering 2013.

    Here is the latest player reports and analysis from the New York Jets' organized team activities. 

Mike Goodson

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    One of the Jets' premier free-agents signings this offseason, Mike Goodson, was arrested on drugs and weapons charges last week. 

    The arrest has raised significant questions on why New York signed the former Oakland Raider, as well as how the Gang Green backfield now stacks up. 

    However, according to the Associated Press, Goodson will return to practice on Tuesday after missing the Jets' first three days of organized team activities. 

    While the news is positive for the Jets organization and its fans, there are still many questions to be answered as the Goodson saga continues. 

Mark Sanchez

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    Less than a week into offseason activities, Mark Sanchez is already reverting back to his 2012 self. 

    Last Wednesday, the embattled quarterback tossed three interceptions in a non-contact practice. 

    The performance led head coach Rex Ryan to publicly express his frustration with Sanchez and his inability to hang onto the ball. 

    Even though the performance came in May, it drastically affects Sanchez's position with the team. 

    An anonymous Jets player has already claimed that Sanchez has lost the locker room

    If the former USC quarterback can not immediately improve his game, he will be the backup to Geno Smith. 

Geno Smith

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    Geno Smith has received praise for the way he has handled criticism in front of the media in recent weeks, but he may be back on the defense soon. 

    Smith's decision to have Jay-Z's new sports agency, Roc Nation, represent him has been received poorly by many in the NFL.

    The decision has left many wondering if Smith is more concerned with marketing himself than football. 

    Roc Nation has been the victim of intense scrutiny from other agents and football personnel, as they believe that the agency is not a legitimate organization, and that Jay-Z is an illegal runner.

    Even if the agency is genuine, Smith's decision raises questions about his values.

The Receiving Corps

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    The receiving corps was one of New York's weakest units entering the 2012 season, and injuries only worsened the already-subpar group. 

    So far in 2013, the injury bug hasn't been cured. 

    The team's premier receiver, Santonio Holmes, is still rehabbing from the season-ending foot injury he suffered in Week 3 of last season. 

    Stephen Hill, Gang Green's other projected starter, has been kept out by knee swelling.

    Backups Clyde Gates and Jordan White have also been sidelined with injuries.

    The injuries have been a huge blow to the chemistry of the offense so far in OTAs, and if the medical problems aren't fixed, it might not matter who New York starts under center.

Antonio Cromartie

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    The Jets desperately need new leaders on defense in 2013, as the team lost veterans Darrelle Revis, Bart Scott, Mike Devito and Bryan Thomas this offseason. 

    It appears as though Antonio Cromartie has stepped into that role during OTAs.

    The Pro Bowl cornerback has been at the center of locker room disputes in recent years, but he has matured dramatically in the absence of Darrelle Revis. 

    Cromartie's maturity is key to a successful secondary, as New York will field an extremely inexperienced defensive backfield this upcoming season. 

    Rookie Dee Milliner is projected to be the No. 2 cornerback opposite Cromartie, and either Antonio Allen or Josh Bush, both second-year players, will start at safety.

    Cromartie's leadership could be the difference between another terrific season for New York's secondary, or a subpar one.