New York Jets' training camp has been highlighted by smack talk, personal foul penalties and injuries to half a dozen rookie draft picks. The Jets will be challenged to overcome adverse odds to earn a playoff spot in 2014 but don't appear shaken by the stiff competition they'll face throughout the regular season.
The Jets are a confident bunch. They're both confident in second-year signal-caller Geno Smith and confident that head coach Rex Ryan is the right man for the job, despite the sixth-year head honcho formerly being labeled "on the hot seat."
According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, the Jets' strong finish to the 2013 season probably saved Ryan's job.
The Jets flaunt added intrigue in 2014, specifically because of key additions on both offense and defense. Former 2,000-yard rusher Chris Johnson has flashed elusive cut-back ability in two preseasons games whereas rookie safety Calvin Pryor showcased a brutal ability to level ball-carriers in open space during his debut.
The Jets are 2-0 in preseason action, but neither their first-team offense or first-team defense has appeared playoff-worthy. Certain players are turning heads, regardless.
The following slideshow highlights the Jets' five best preseason performers so far: