The 2014 NFL season is upon us, which means it's time to assess how certain key players are faring thus far in New York Jets training camp. The Green and White have seldom flown under the radar during the Rex Ryan era, intently spurring sensational headlines that generate debate across sports media.
This season appears to be no different.
The Jets have often failed to back up their bravado. At the onset of training camp, they're confident this season will be different. According to Seth Walder of New York Daily News, veteran linebacker Calvin Pace has gone on record, claiming the Jets boast the "best" defense in the league.
It doesn't end there, though.
The Jets are a confident bunch heading into the new season. For the most part, that's a good thing, even if specific instances of bombastic behavior are leaked to the press. The Jets are who we thought they were. The question remains if they're capable of backing up their big ideas.
This season could be make-or-break for Ryan, who arguably achieved his greatest coaching job of his five-year tenure in 2013. The Jets are a more talented team on paper this season, but their success will ride mostly on the development of second-year quarterback Geno Smith.
Smith's cast of teammates are backing his progression while others have already risen to the occasion. The following slideshow highlights five Jets players who are turning heads through the first week of training camp: