New York Jets: 8 Players Who Have Turned Heads During Offseason Workouts

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IJune 10, 2013

New York Jets: 8 Players Who Have Turned Heads During Offseason Workouts

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    The New York Jets, although entering the 2013 season with the lowest expectations for the team in years, have still been the target of intense scrutiny the last few months. 

    From players battling the law to others switching to controversial agents, the media's obsession with Gang Green has never regressed. 

    The Jets have plenty of players who have grabbed media headlines, both for good and bad reasons. 

    Here are eight players who have turned heads this offseason. 

Mark Sanchez

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    It's been an offseason to forget for Mark Sanchez

    In March, the Jets basically told Sanchez he isn't the team's long-term quarterback, as they drafted West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. 

    Then, in the first week of Organized Team Activities, Sanchez was a mess. He threw three interceptions in a non-contact drill and seemingly handed over the starting job to Smith. 

    Recently, the former USC quarterback has garnered controversy for saying he doesn't even know his wide receivers' names. 

    If another veteran quarterback had made that statement, it would of breezed over. But considering Sanchez has enjoyed little success over the last two seasons of his career, his words seem disrespectful. 

    Sanchez seemingly cannot get on the good side of the coaches, fans or media. 

    The four-year veteran's career in New York seems dim, to say the least. 

Sheldon Richardson

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    Rookie Sheldon Richardson has been one of the few Jets players to be in the media for positive reasons. 

    Although fans were befuddled and annoyed at New York's selection of Richardson with the 13th overall pick, the Missouri product has been terrific so far this offseason. 

    In both rookie and team practices, Richardson's combination of speed and strength has impressed Rex Ryan. 

    If Richardson can continue to play at a high level, the Jets could potentially have one of the finest front sevens in the entire league. 

Geno Smith

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    Geno Smith has been a polarizing figure in the media throughout his young professional career. 

    Smith, who has had his problems with the media before, received praise for the way he dealt with the media early in training camp.

    However, Smith has also been the target of criticism from the media.

    The former West Virginia star's decision to dump his old agent for Jay-Z's agency has created stirs around the league, and it had led many to believe that Smith is more concerned with endorsement deals than his play on the field.

    While his behavior off the field has garnered the most attention, Smith's play has apparently underwhelmed coaches this offseason.   

    Unless Smith can step up and perform at a solid level, the quarterback battle could be closer than we all think. 

Antonio Cromartie

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    Antonio Cromartie has perhaps received the most positive headlines of any Jets player this offseason. 

    In the past, Cromartie's behavior off the field has been a target of intense scrutiny. 

    From being deemed a locker room menace to being the father of 10 children from eight different women, Cromartie's behavior was frowned upon. 

    However, the Pro Bowl cornerback has matured greatly this offseason, emerging as a leader on the field, and a role model off of it. 

    After years of struggling to gain control of his personal life, this new-found responsibility is a great one for the star cornerback. 

Stephen Hill

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    Stephen Hill was underwhelming in his rookie year, as dropped balls and nagging injuries led to poor stats and an overall lack of impact on offense. 

    So far in his sophomore campaign, Hill seemingly cannot overcome the injury bug. 

    The Georgia Tech product has been kept out of practice because of swelling and fluid buildup in his knee.

    Hill needs to get healthy quickly, as New York cannot afford to enter the 2013 season with more concerns at the wide receiver position than already present.

Quinton Coples

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    After a fine rookie season in which he led the Jets in sacks with 5.5 in limited snaps, Quinton Coples is radiating confidence. 

    Coples is excited about the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker, and he seems to believe that he will dominate at his new position. 

    The North Carolina product basically implied that he will shut down Dustin Keller and Rob Gronkowski when matched up against them, along with the league's other fine tight ends.

    While confidence is always a key factor to success, let's hope that Coples is ready to learn the new fundamentals that come with a new position.

Mike Goodson

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    While Antonio Cromartie has received the most positive headlines of any Jets' player, Mike Goodson has been the target of the worst.

    Goodson was arrested last month on drug and weapon charges.

    The arrest made Goodson's future with New York cloudy, and it also put a dent into the team's depth at running back.

    However, the former Raiders rusher has since returned to practice, and although the case continues, Goodson should be able to start the regular season without another major hiccup.

Santonio Holmes

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    Santonio Holmes may be the Jets' most important player on either side of the ball, as he is one of the team's only offensive weapons with a decent track record.

    Without Holmes, New York's offensive unit could struggle mightily, no matter who is under center.

    As luck would have it, Holmes seems to have not fully recovered from foot surgery last season, as he is expected to begin training camp on the PUP list.

    If Holmes cannot manage to get healthy soon, it could be another horrendous year for Rex Ryan and company.