The up-and-coming New York Jets have several key personnel decisions to sort out before the 2014 NFL season kicks off in just under three months. The Jets' influx of youthful talent spurs optimism that this particular version of the Green and White is capable of contending for a playoff berth, but some players are better equipped to make an immediate impact than others.
A premature sneak peak at the Jets' 53-man roster boasts a bounty of familiar names from 2013's surprising 8-8 squad, although some newcomers, like wide receiver Eric Decker and rookie safety Calvin Pryor, are expected to positively impact the depth at their respective positions.
For the Jets to exceed expectations in 2014 and claim a wild-card spot in the playoffs, they need several young players to elevate their play beyond what they were able to accomplish at the collegiate level.
They also need greater consistency from an offense that averaged just 18.1 points per game last season and for team leaders such as Calvin Pace and Muhammad Wilkerson to mirror the type of production they were able to sustain in 2013.
As the countdown to training camp officially gets underway, the Jets aim to work toward unseating the New England Patriots as the continuously dominant team in the AFC East.
The following slideshow examines five Jets players climbing the depth chart this offseason.