The Jets face severe uncertainty at cornerback, a fiasco which has been highlighted by the release of Dimitri Patterson, as reported by Jason La Canfora of CBSSports (h/t Twitter). Dee Milliner also remains sidelined with a high-ankle sprain and could miss the Jets' opener against the Oakland Raiders, according to FOX Sports.
The two previous players were initially projected to be the Jets' starting cornerback tandem in 2014, and although Milliner will be a vital component of Gang Green's defense at some point, there is no definitive timetable for his return.
The Jets secondary was the backbone of the team during two surprising runs to the AFC title game, but it is now a noticeable weak spot on an otherwise stout defense.
New York's defensive backfield will be severely tested in 2014, as the team is scheduled to do battle against six of the top-10 passing leaders from last season.
For the Jets to earn a playoff berth in 2014, they need vastly improved production from their offense, which averaged just 18.1 points per game in 2013. The season-long performance from second-year quarterback Geno Smith will determine whether the Jets are able to achieve their goal of earning a playoff spot.
The following slideshow offers hypothetical game-by-game predictions for the 2014 Jets: