The New York Jets face several crucial question marks at multiple positions heading into training camp. General manager John Idzik deliberately shored up the most glaring deficiencies over the offseason without breaking the bank, but Gang Green remains in full-blown rebuilding mode.
The Jets are an up-and-coming team when you consider the bounty of talented youthful players on the roster, particularly on defense. New York's offense remains a work in progress.
For the Jets to surpass expectations in 2014, they need second-year quarterback Geno Smith to progress his skill set while also becoming less turnover-prone. Smith's steady improvement should translate into a higher-scoring offense, which now flaunts capable playmakers such as Chris Johnson and Eric Decker.
The Jets' depth at wide receiver remains suspect, especially given uncertainty surrounding former second-round pick Stephen Hill, who has failed to satisfy expectations through his first two seasons as a pro.
Assuming the Jets can mount greater productivity on offense in 2014, they should compete for a playoff spot, courtesy of a stout front seven on defense that frequently limits opponents' scoring chances.
The following slideshow examines how much each Jets positional unit has improved over the offseason.
Note: All (R) references refer to rookie players.