After consecutive non-playoff seasons, the New York Jets enter their 2013 training camp hoping to be a surprise team this year, but they have the odds stacked against them.
Even with rookie quarterback Geno Smith and young runner Chris Ivory joining the roster, the offense looks like it will struggle to put up points again in 2013.
The defense, on the other hand, should be solid. Although the unit lost all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis and several other starters this offseason, the addition of Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson, as well as the continued development of Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson, should create a stingy unit.
The Jets' roster is far from the NFL's most talented, but it still boasts its share of electrifying players.
In the following slides, you'll see a full breakdown of Gang Green's 90-man roster heading into training camp, along with each player's chances of making the regular-season roster.
Mark Sanchez (No. 6)
Sanchez took a major step back last season, as he registered just a 66.9 passer rating and was eventually dethroned as the team's starting quarterback. The 26-year-old has one last chance to prove to fans and the front office that he is capable of being a franchise signal-caller. With a new offensive system under Marty Mornhinweg, he could surprise, but he must overcome the turnover bug and a shaky corps of receivers to do so. Expect a tight quarterback battle between Sanchez and Smith for the starting job, with Sanchez as the slight frontrunner.
Geno Smith (No. 7)
Geno Smith has faced plenty of criticism in his NFL career, even though he has never played a down at the professional level. Questions remain about Smith's character and leadership qualities, but there is no denying he has the talent to be a franchise quarterback in New York. With superb accuracy and above-average mobility, Smith could thrive in the new offensive system. However, he is facing an uphill task in dethroning four-year starter Sanchez in his rookie season.
Matt Simms (No. 5)
Matt Simms has no chance of starting Week 1 under center, but he could claim a practice squad spot with an impressive training camp. The 24-year-old is the son of former Giant great Phil Simms, so football is in his blood. However, Simms simply does not possess the talent of the other Jets signal-callers, and he will struggle to claim the No. 3 job over Greg McElroy.
Greg McElroy (No. 14)
McElroy won't start for New York, but he has a solid chance of making the final roster. McElroy, who led Alabama to the national title in his junior season, started Week 16 last year after Sanchez was benched, but he failed to make much of an impact. Nonetheless, McElroy is a smart player with a solid locker room presence.
Chris Ivory (No. 29)
Ivory is projected as the Jets feature back—a role that will be a challenge for him as the season wears on. Ivory has never received more than 137 carries in a given season, so his ability to handle a full workload is a question mark. However, Ivory is a talented runner with a bruising running style. He has averaged a superb 5.0 yards per carry in his career, and he is poised for a breakout year in 2013.
Mike Goodson (No. 23)
If Mike Goodson can figure out his legal woes, he could be a very productive third-down running back for New York. The 26-year-old has great speed, and he is a force to be reckoned with in the passing game. Goodson will provide whoever the Jets starting quarterback is with a terrific check-down option.
Bilal Powell (No. 29)
Bilal Powell was a decent backup to Shonn Greene, averaging 4.0 yards per carry on 110 rushes. Powell was also a contributor in the passing game, as he recorded 17 receptions for 140 yards. Expect Powell to receive around the same number of touches again this year, with the same sort of production.
Joe McKnight (No. 25)
McKnight isn't a lock to make the roster because of his rushing capabilities. In fact, he likely won't receive more than a couple odd carries a game. McKnight is one of the most dangerous kick returners in the league, and he should be a game-changer on special teams again in 2013.
John Griffin (No. 24)
John Griffin has little to no chance of making the final roster due to the Jets' depth at running back. Griffin went undrafted from Massachusetts in 2011 and has since spent time with the Bengals and the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. His potential and upside is limited, and the 24-year-old could be one of the first casualties of training camp.
Tommy Bohanon (No. 40)
Bohanon could claim the starting fullback job in his rookie season if he impresses in training camp. Bohanon was a seventh-round pick out of Wake Forest, and for what he offers, he was a complete steal. The 22-year-old has terrific strength and decent speed, and his blocking abilities are superb. Bohanon can also contribute in the short passing game.
Lex Hilliard (No. 36)
Hilliard is a four-year veteran who has appeared in nearly every game of his career, but don't let that fool you into believing he is a lock to make the final roster. In fact, Hilliard has an uphill battle. The 28-year-old struggled last season in nearly every phase of the game. With Bohanon emerging as a solid fullback option, Hilliard's days in a Jet uniform could be limited.
Santonio Holmes (No. 10)
Santonio Holmes will be the Jets No. 1 option in the passing game again in 2013. Coming off a serious foot injury, though, his production could be limited. Holmes relies on speed and elusiveness to be effective, and both of those attributes could be compromised. The passing attack needs Holmes to not only be healthy, but to revert back to his old self, to have a chance of succeeding this season.
Stephen Hill (No. 84)
Just as the Jets need Holmes to be productive, they need Stephen Hill to make a giant leap forward in 2013. Hill struggled with drops, injuries and inconsistency last year, and his rookie season was ultimately a disappointment. However, if Hill can improve his hands and route-running, and stay healthy, he has the physical gifts to be a dangerous deep threat.
Jeremy Kerley (No. 11)
Kerley was the beneficiary of a slew of injuries at wide receiver last year, as he emerged as New York's top option in the passing game. He led the team in catches (56) and receiving yards (827). Kerley won't be the top receiver again in 2013, but he should have another productive season. If New York can get decent play from their starting quarterback, Kerley could emerge as one of the AFC's top slot receivers.
Clyde Gates (No. 19)
Clyde Gates has been a solid fourth option in the passing game for years now, and he should return to that role again in 2013. Gates has solid hands and is very good at coming up with mid-range catches that move the chains.
Jordan White (No. 17)
Jordan White's production in college was unprecedented. He recorded an unfathomable 234 receptions, 3,289 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns in his junior and senior years at Western Michigan. While White was an obvious beneficiary of playing weak competition, his stats are still mind-blowing. I expect the former seventh-round pick to sneak onto the roster to provide depth at receiver.
Ben Obomanu (No. 15)
Obomanu spent the last five years of his career in Seattle. After recording a career-high 37 catches in 2011, he caught just four balls in 2012 and was released. Obomanu doesn't stand out in any areas, but he is a smart player with good route-running skills. However, the 29-year-old isn't a lock to make the roster, as he has plenty of young playmakers gunning for his spot.
Zach Rogers (No. 9)
Rogers is one of the Jets top undrafted rookies. While he was second fiddle to Cordarrelle Patterson throughout his collegiate career at Tennessee, Rogers has nice upside. With his solid speed, good hands and terrific route-running skills, Rogers is a sleeper to make the final roster.
Marcus Davis (No. 89)
Davis has physical attributes close to those of Stephen Hill. Davis possesses an incredible combination of size and speed. However, the Virginia Tech product also lacks consistency and is sometimes lackadaisical with his effort. Davis will have to show that he has hunger in his bones to claim a roster spot.
Vidal Hazelton (No. 18)
Hazelton is just one of a boatload of young, undrafted receivers who is seemingly lost in the shuffle. Hazelton has good size, and he has been a member of the practice squads of Tennessee, San Diego and Cincinnati for the last two years. Expect him to claim the same role with the Jets.
Thomas Mayo (No. 16)
Mayo was undrafted in 2012 and then placed on the Raiders practice squad. However, the Raiders didn't see much in him and he was released soon after. It would be shocking if Mayo made even New York's practice squad.
Titus Ryan (No. 86)
It seems like Titus Ryan has been everywhere in the league without really being anywhere. The 29-year-old went undrafted in 2007 and has since been a practice squad member of the Chiefs, Saints, Panthers and Cowboys. Ryan should be competing for the same spot with New York in training camp.
K.J. Stroud (No. 83)
Stroud was an undrafted free agent out of Bethune-Cookman college this offseason. The Jets had interest in Stroud because of his size, but he will need to have an outstanding training camp to even be considered for the final roster.
Joseph Collins (No. 4)
After going undrafted in 2011, Collins spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL last year. The Jets picked him up, but their interest in him will likely end in training camp, as Collins will get lost in the shuffle at wide receiver.
Ryan Spadola (No. 85)
Spadola had a very good collegiate career at Lehigh, but with other undrafted free-agent receivers Marcus Davis and Zach Rogers competing for a roster spot, Spadola will have a tough time standing out.
Jeff Cumberland (No. 87)
Cumberland was decent in the starting role in the absence of Dustin Keller last year. Now, with Keller gone, Cumberland will likely share the starting snaps with new addition Kellen Winslow. Cumberland isn't a standout player, but he is a good receiving tight end with nice size. He should be a nice option in the red zone.
Kellen Winslow (No. 81)
Don't expect Winslow to revert back to his Pro Bowl self with New York, but he should be in for a good season. Winslow has nice physical attributes and good hands. The former Buccaneers star should form a good, not great, receiving tight end duo with Jeff Cumberland.
Konrad Reuland (No. 88)
Konrad Reuland does little outside of blocking, but he excels in his one area of expertise. Reuland is a solid pass protector and run blocker. With New York sometimes being unable to get a push against opposing lines, Reuland is an invaluable option. He will have to impress to make the final roster, though.
Hayden Smith (No. 82)
For someone with one career catch, Hayden Smith has been talked about an awful lot throughout his NFL career. The Australian-born former rugby player has tremendous size and athleticism, but he is incredibly raw. If he can learn the ins and outs of the game, though, watch out. Expect Smith to start the season on the practice squad and then move up as the year progresses.
Mike Shanahan (No. 48)
Shanahan is another candidate for a practice squad spot. Shanahan doesn't do anything exceptionally well, but he is capable of doing everything. The Pittsburgh product has decent upside in the receiving game.
Chris Pantale (No. 44)
If Pantale can improve his blocking game, he could be a huge sleeper in training camp. With reliable hands and great size, Pantale is a force in the interior passing game. The Boston College product is another candidate for the practice squad.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson (No. 60)
After a down year in 2011, Ferguson was his usual Pro Bowl-caliber self last year. The mammoth tackle will be a solid pass protector on the right side of the line again in 2013.
Austin Howard (No. 77)
Howard had ups and downs in his first year starting at right tackle. The 26-year-old's season was ultimately a success, though. Now entering his second year as a starter, and with a contract extension under his belt, Howard should improve dramatically.
Oday Aboushi (No. 75)
Aboushi lacks the athleticism to be a solid starting tackle at the NFL-level, but his size and strength make him a candidate to perhaps move over to guard. The fifth-round pick out of Virginia has solid upside, and he should provide good depth on the offensive line in his rookie season.
Mark Popek (No. 79)
Popek has great size, but his athleticism is limited, and his blocking technique needs to be improved. While the South Florida guard has good locker room traits, his ceiling is too low. Expect him to be cut sometime during preseason.
Dennis Landolt (No. 76)
Landolt is another young player who simply lacks the athleticism and blocking to be a decent NFL player. Landolt was solid during his collegiate career at Penn State, but his ability to make an impact in the NFL is limited.
Trey Gilleo (No. 69)
Of the trio of undrafted tackles on the Jets current roster, Gileo has the most upside. While his athleticism is average to subpar, his size and strength are elite. The Northern Arizona product could make the practice squad with a solid training camp.
Willie Colon (No. 66)
Willie Colon was brought in to replace departed left guard Brandon Moore. Colon is a very good player, but he has struggled with injuries throughout his NFL career. The Jets need the former Steeler to stay healthy throughout the year to be successful on offense. A healthy Colon means a healthy running game on the left side.
Brian Winters (No. 67)
Winters has all the physical tools (great size, terrific durability, nice quickness off the snap) to be a solid NFL guard, but he has no experience at the position. Winters spent his collegiate career at Kent State playing left tackle. Winters has potential, but he will have to show a natural instinct for his new position to claim the starting job in his rookie year.
Vladimir Ducasse (No. 62)
Ducasse has been a huge disappointment since being drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Ducase was projected to be a franchise cornerstone at right tackle, but he has been far from that. The coaching staff knows what they are going to get out of Ducasse nowadays—a player with little upside who provides good depth on the offensive line.
Stephen Peterman (No. 64)
Peterman has started every single game he has appeared in since 2007. However, the 31-year-old struggled with interior pass-rushers last season. Peterman will compete with rookie Brian Winters for the starting job at right guard in a classic battle between experience and upside.
William Campbell (No. 65)
Late-round picks are supposed to be gambles, but the Jets may have taken that too literally this year. The team drafted Michigan defensive tackle William Campbell to play on the offensive line. While Campbell has the physical tool set, he has no experience playing offense. The change will be a tough one for him to handle, and it may take several years for him to make an impact.
Caleb Schlauderaff (No. 72)
Schlauderaff has been a depth-provider in New York for years now, and he will likely play the same role again in 2013. Schlauderaff's versatility makes him valuable. The veteran can play both guard and center without trouble.
Nick Mangold (No. 74)
Nick Mangold is arguably the best center in the NFL. The former first-round pick is a four-time Pro Bowler who has missed just two starts in his seven-year career. Mangold should be the anchor of the offensive line again in 2013.
Dalton Freeman (No. 63)
His size may be troubling and his blocking technique is awful, but Dalton Freeman seemingly always manages to get the job done. Freeman is a locker room leader who was superb during his time at Clemson. The rookie may not make the final roster, but he should definitely be a practice squad member.
Muhammad Wilkerson (No. 96)
After a relatively slow start, Muhammad Wilkerson emerged as one of the most complete defensive ends in the league last season. Wilkerson is big, quick and strong, and he can make an impact in both the running and passing games. Expect an even better year from the third-year man in 2013, with the possibility of double-digit sacks.
Sheldon Richardson (No. 91)
Richardson was the third defensive end picked in the first round by the Jets in three years. Richardson is a physical freak. He is a big man, but his athleticism is like that of a tight end. Richardson is quick off the snap, and he will be incredibly tough for opposing lineman to neutralize. The Missouri product should have a big first year. Wilkerson and Richardson will form quite a duo at defensive end.
Jake McDonough (No. 70)
Jake McDonough can play both defensive end and tackle, and he is a tough one-on-one matchup for opposing lineman. However, McDonough struggles at reading block schemes and his quickness leaves something to be desired. If the Jets decide to go with three primary defensive ends, McDonough could make the team. If not, he could be confined to the practice squad.
Tevita Finau (No. 92)
Tevita Finau went undrafted out of the relatively unknown Kahuku University in Hawaii last offseason, and he spent the 2012 season on three different NFL teams' practice squads. Finau lacks size, but he has good athleticism and quickness off the snap. The 27-year-old could compete for a practice squad spot.
Antonio Garay (No. 71)
The recently-signed Antonio Garay has had an up-and-down career since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2003 draft. After making little to no impact in his first four seasons, Garay broke out with 5.5 sacks as a nose tackle with the Chargers. However, Garay has done little since then, as injuries and inconsistency have hindered his production. Garay can provide an interior pass rush, but he will have to win the defensive tackle starting job against some solid competition.
Kenrick Ellis (No. 93)
Ellis is a prime candidate for a breakout season in his third year in the league. Injuries, legal troubles and lack of opportunities have prevented Ellis from making a major impact thus far in his career, but those troubles have vanished this season. Ellis is healthy, and he will have a chance to claim the starting job in training camp. Ellis has great size and terrific athleticism. If he claims the starting job, expect a huge year from him.
Damon Harrison (No. 94)
Damon Harrison lacks speed and athleticism, and he provides little to no pass-rushing skills. So why does Harrison have a good shot to make the final roster? Because he is a monster. Harrison is a mammoth of a man, and his run-stuffing abilities are top-notch. In third-and-short situations, Harrison could be the difference. Expect him to make the team.
Junior Aumavae (No. 99)
After going undrafted in the 2010 season, Aumavae has spent his career in the indoor football league and the UFL. Aumavae's a good football player, just not NFL good. Expect him to be cut in training camp.
Lanier Coleman (No. 61)
Lanier Coleman is a gamer. His story is an inspirational one. However, Coleman lacks the physical attributes to compete with the other Jets defensive tackles. He could make the practice squad if he continues to impress the coaching staff, though.
Quinton Coples (No. 98)
Coples was a machine in his rookie season. He recorded a team-high 5.5 sacks in limited snaps and dominated opposing lineman all season long. This year, Coples makes the move to outside linebacker to make room for rookie Sheldon Richardson. Coples needs to improve his run-stopping and coverage abilities, but he could record double-digit sacks from his new position.
Antwan Barnes (No. 95)
Barnes, like fellow veteran addition Antonio Garay, had one big season and then failed to improve upon it. The 28-year-old recorded 11 sacks just two years ago, but he has struggled since. However, in a Jets defense that loves getting after the passer, Barnes could be in line for a big season.
Calvin Pace (No. 97)
Pace was released and then re-signed for a cheaper, one-year deal this offseason. Pace has been largely a disappointment since signing a huge deal with New York in 2008, as he has never recorded more than eight sacks. In fact, his sack numbers have dropped in each of the last four seasons. Pace has lost his chance to start, but he should still see playing time on third-down blitzing scenarios.
Garrett McIntyre (No. 50)
McIntyre doesn't possess top-notch talent, but he is a hard-working player who can often make big plays. Don't expect a flashy season from him, but he should once again make an impact.
Ricky Sapp (No. 55)
In two seasons with New York, 26-year-old Ricky Sapp has made little to no impact. However, with the depth chart clearing this offseason, Sapp could be in line to see some playing time as the team's No. 4 outside linebacker.
Jacquies Smith (No. 51)
Jacquies Smith was a solid player in college, but he lacks the closing speed and size to get past opposing offensive lineman. Smith should be a training camp casualty.
Sean Progar-Jackson (No. 59)
Sean Progar-Jackson put up an impressive 8.5 sacks in his senior season at Northern Illinois, but that was largely due to the lack of competition he was put up against. Against NFL talent, Progar-Jakcson lacks the talent to succeed. I would be shocked to see him make the final roster.
David Harris (No. 52)
Harris may be coming off a down year, but he is still one of the most complete inside linebackers in the NFL. Harris can make an impact rushing the passer, dropping back in coverage and defending the run. Expect Harris to be the leader of Gang Green's linebacker corps, and put together a bounce-back season.
Demario Davis (No. 56)
With Bart Scott out of the picture, Demario Davis will finally get his chance to make an impact. The former third-round pick is an all-effort player who can play all three downs. Davis has defensive back-type quickness. While he lacks traditional size, Davis could impress in his sophomore season.
Josh Mauga (No. 53)
Mauga has been a solid backup at inside linebacker for a couple of years now. Even though he is coming off a major injury, Mauga should put together another decent season in 2013 and prove worthy of his role.
Nick Bellore (No. 54)
Bellore lacks size and struggles with open-field tackling, but his high motor and great instincts allowed him to be successful in limited playing time last season. Bellore won't get a lot of playing time this year, but expect him to make the most of it when he does.
JoJo Dickson (No. 49)
Idaho product JoJo Dickson doesn't have the physical capabilities to make it past training camp. Expect him to be cut sometime during preseason.
Danny Lansanah (No. 47)
Lansanah loves playing football. He was a leader and captain at Connecticut, and he always put in maximum effort. Lansanah lacks speed and size, but he manages to play all phases of the game decently well. Lansanah could get a spot on the practice squad with a good training camp.
Troy Davis (No. 58)
Davis has blazing speed and good pass-rushing qualities. However, at 251 pounds, Davis lacks a true position. The UCF product is too small to play outside linebacker or defensive end, but too big to play defensive back. Unless Davis can put on a serious show in training camp, he will likely be cut.
Antonio Cromartie (No. 31)
When Darrelle Revis went down, Cromartie's game didn't regress; it improved. Cromartie emerged as one of the elite cover corners in the NFL. Expect him to lead an inexperienced secondary in 2013 and have another Pro Bowl-caliber season.
Dee Milliner (No. 27)
Questions remain about Milliner's health, but he managed to overcome injuries and stay on the field throughout his collegiate career. The Alabama product may never get out of the shadow of Revis, but he has all the tools to be a top-notch, Pro Bowl corner for years to come.
Kyle Wilson (No. 20)
Wilson has been a huge disappointment since being drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft. The Boise State product has never shown the capability of being a solid cover corner. However, Wilson can still man the nickel corner position well. Expect him to compete with Ellis Lankster and Isaiah Trufant for playing time there.
Ellis Lankster (No. 21)
Lankster, like Wilson, lacks the talent to play on the outside. However, he has been a solid nickel corner for a couple of years now, and he should continue to perform well in that role in 2013.
Isaiah Trufant (No. 35)
Trufant has no chance of playing on the outside, and he can also struggle when playing nickel corner. However, Trufant is a maximum-effort player who can also make an impact on special teams. Expect him to make the roster.
Aaron Berry (No. 22)
Berry's career has been derailed by his legal troubles. Though he possesses decent upside, his off-the-field troubles have scared teams away. Berry will have a tough time making the Jets roster regardless, due to the team's strength at cornerback.
Donnie Fletcher (No. 34)
Fletcher does everything pretty well. His zone and man coverage skills are decent, he is a reliable open-field tackler, his ball skills are above-average and he's stayed healthy throughout his football career. The Boston College product will have to be fantastic to make the final roster at the stacked cornerback position, though.
Darrin Walls (No. 30)
Walls is a big and physical corner who is a superb tackler. Unfortunately, Walls struggles in man coverage. The Notre Dame product can struggle to make interceptions, and he can often be caught in no-man's land off the snap.
Mike Edwards (No. 43)
Edwards is my sleeper pick in training camp. Edwards lacks traditional size, but he has blazing speed and strong coverage abilities. The Hawaii product could compete for a roster spot.
Eric Crocker (No. 41)
The 26-year-old Crocker has good size and is a sound tackler. His coverage abilities also aren't weak. Crocker could improve in the above areas, though. Unless he stands out in training camp, he likely won't make the final roster.
Royce Adams (No. 38)
Adams got a contract with the Jets last year but then was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. Unless Adams can show that he's capable of making an impact in all areas of the game, he won't last long in Cortland.
Dawan Landry (No. 26)
Landry has never been an elite safety, but he has always been a solid one. Landry is decent in both man and zone coverage, and he is a physical tackler. Landry is my pick to lead the team in tackles in his first season in New York.
Josh Bush (No. 32)
Bush could be more physical, and he lacks great speed or size. However, Bush is a good tackler with decent coverage abilities and great ball skills. Bush is capable of leading the team in interceptions if he can beat out Antonio Allen for the starting free safety job.
Antonio Allen (No. 39)
Allen is a big, physical safety who does his best work in the box. He is a superb tackler, and he can make an impact in both the running game and when rushing the passer. Allen needs to improve his coverage abilities in order to claim the free safety job.
Jaiquawn Jarrett (No. 37)
Jarrett was a second-round pick in 2011 by the Eagles. However, just two seasons later, he was cut. Jarrett struggled in coverage throughout his Philadelphia career. Unless he can show improvement in that area in training camp, he will be cut.
Rontez Miles (No. 45)
Rontez Miles is a sleeper to make the final roster, or at least the practice squad. Miles is a physical, speedy player who is a sound tackler and can make an impact in both the running and passing game. If he can come up with a few big plays in training camp, Miles could sneak onto the team.
Bret Lockett (No. 42)
Lockett went undrafted in 2009, but he did make the Patriots roster in both 2009 and 2010. However, Lockett has struggled with injuries throughout his NFL career, and his coverage abilities leave something to be desired. Lockett will likely be cut at some point during training camp.
Nick Folk (No. 2)
Despite a shaky field-goal percentage, Folk actually had one of his best seasons last year. Most of his misses came from blocked kicks. Expect Folk to win the starting kicking job again in 2013.
Brett Maher (No. 8)
Maher was brought in to compete with Folk for the kicking job. However, Maher is the underdog in the battle, as he made just 74.1 percent of his field goals in his senior season at Nebraska.
Tanner Purdum (No. 46)
Purdum is a lock to make the final roster. Purdum is one of the best long snappers in the NFL, and he should be great again in 2013.
Robert Malone (No. 3)
Malon was terrific in his first season in New York last year, as he was among the best in the league in pinning opponents inside the 20. With the offense expected to struggle again this year, Malone will be an impact player again.
Ryan Quigley (No. 1)
Quigley was brought in to compete with Malone for the starting job. However, Malone is a good punter who has the job on lock. Unless Quigley has a phenomenal training camp, he doesn't have much of a shot of making the team.