Full Week 1 Stat Predictions for New York Jets' Offense
As a team in transition, the New York Jets featured major uncertainty across the depth when training camp commenced.
New general manager John Idzik did a bang-up job fixing the Jets' ugly salary cap situation last offseason, shedding bad salaries while bringing-in low risk, high reward veteran free agents.
A majority of Idzik's transactions didn't register as "high reward," however, the Green and White have vastly improved at multiple positions on both sides of the football.
Nobody expects the Jets to compete at a high level in 2013, immediately granting Gang Green an opportunity to spit in the face of football pundits in Week 1.
The season opener will pit Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis against his former team in familiar territory.
Multiple sources have confirmed that unimpressive rookie quarterback Geno Smith will get to start against Revis and Co., which will be a monumental test for a player who took just 69 snaps in the preseason.
The following slideshow unveils full Week 1 stat prediction for the Jets' offense.
Jets' lead back Chris Ivory was hampered by a nagging hamstring injury throughout the preseason.
Ivory carried the ball just 14 times in a Jets' uniform, but will likely receive a bulk of the work-load against the Buccaneers in Week 1.
A cloud of doubt hovers over Ivory, who continuously fights through injury issues. The fourth-year RB has a chance to explode onto the scene as a feature back on Sunday, an opportunity he should be jacked-up about.
The absence of speed-back Mike Goodson granted an opportunity to backup RB Bilal Powell, who could end-up establishing himself as the Jets' third-down back.
Powell rushed for 437 yards on 110 carries in 2012, averaging 4.0 yards per carry.
Rookie fullback Tommy Bohanon isn't just slotted in the backfield because of run-blocking ability and pass protection prowess.
Bohanon is a durable athlete that demonstrated solid pass-catching skills in the preseason. He can also effectively pound the football up-the-middle when he's called upon.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is renowned as a pass-happy brand of play-caller, but the Jets could feature a more balanced game plan in the season opener, considering seeming instability at quarterback.
Chris Ivory: 13 carries, 75 yards, 2 touchdowns; 3 receptions, 23 yards
Bilal Powell: 8 carries, 40 yards
Tommy Bohanon: 1 carry, 5 yards
Tight end was a major question mark for the Jets when training camp commenced.
Former backup Jeff Cumberland was slotted atop the depth chart after starting just 12 games in three seasons.
He filled-in nicely for Dustin Keller in 2012, recording 29 receptions for 359 yards and three touchdowns.
Cumberland was also productive throughout the preseason as he demonstrated the ability to get open downfield.
Cumberland could prove to be a reliable red zone target this season.
Kellen Winslow Jr. is attempting to revitalize his injury-plagued career with the Jets in 2013. If his bad knees hold up, the Jets could potentially have the most underrated core of tight ends in football.
It's a big "if," though.
Winslow Jr. has started 80 games in a decade-long career. He's tallied 438 receptions for 4,848 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns, but hasn't played a full season since 2011.
Jeff Cumberland: 3 receptions, 40 yards, 1 touchdown
Kellen Winslow: 2 receptions, 30 yards
The Jets' receiving corps are mostly unproven, excluding former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes, whose status remains in doubt for the team's season opener.
Slot receiver Jeremy Kerley established himself as a reliable downfield target in 2012, grabbing 56 receptions for 827 yards and two touchdowns.
Kerley was relatively quiet throughout the preseason, but will likely hear his number called on several passing plays Sunday. OC Mornhinweg likes to utilize receivers in the slot, which bodes well for Kerley.
Undrafted rookie Ryan Spadola was spectacular through training camp and the preseason. He deservedly earned a roster spot and should see some action in his first regular season game.
Former Dolphins' reject Clyde Gates made strides early on in camp, but wasn't a huge factor in the Jets' three preseason wins.
Second-year receiver Stephen Hill was up-and-down during the preseason. He was touted as the most improved player on the Jets' roster in training camp, but still dropped several clear-cut, big play opportunities.
The Jets need Hill to step-up in 2013, especially considering the team's serious lack of depth on offense. His inconsistent efforts spell trouble for the Jets at wideout, though.
Jeremy Kerley: 5 receptions, 75 yards
Clyde Gates: 3 receptions, 40 yards
Ryan Spadola: 3 receptions, 30 yards
Stephen Hill: 1 reception, 12 yards
The Jets so-called "open and fair" quarterback competition tumbled into a media charade when former starter Mark Sanchez bruised a ligament in his throwing shoulder against the Giants in the third week of preseason action.
The Jets refuse to officially name rookie Geno Smith as the team's main signal-caller. The second-round pick was horrendous in his only preseason start, hurling three ugly interceptions and taking a safety.
The coaching brass is desperate for concrete reasoning to dub Smith the Jets' new leader in the huddle.
Smith will have a clear-cut opportunity to claim a choke-hold on the starting quarterback position against the Buccaneers in Week 1.
Tampa Bay features a rebuilt secondary that showcases former Jets' Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, who will be playing in his first game since tearing his ACL last September.
The Buccaneers finished dead last in pass defense in 2012, surrendering 297.4 yards per game through the air.
Revis will be paired-up against Holmes if the Jets' No. 1 receiver is able to play, which remains uncertain. If Holmes rides the bench while continuing to nurse his medically-cleared Grade 4 Lisfranc fracture, Revis will man-up on Hill.
The Jets' gameplan will likely incorporate a slew of short passing routes, like screens and slants, to give Smith an opportunity to gain some confidence.
The Buccaneers' front seven isn't formidable, prompting a chance for Smith to excel underneath. The rookie QB has a chance to be successful in Week 1 if he can avoid telegraphing passes and deliver throws on time.
Smith struggled to effectively read the field against the Giants' first-team defense, which ranked 31st in 2012. A simplified approach could help eradicate that problem, though.
In the end, Smith stuns the football world and outperforms expectations while leading the Jets to a 27-23 win in Week 1.
Geno Smith: 20 for 33, 250 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception