The New York Jets made headlines this offseason, adding some high-profile assets on offense and cutting a pair of established players.
The two most significant cuts from the Jets’ roster—WR Stephen Hill and CB Dimitri Patterson—were competing for starting positions this offseason.
These departures set a stern tone, indicating underachievers and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
The Jets also have notable offseason additions to their roster.
Newcomers Chris Johnson and Eric Decker are starting their first year in New York with high expectations. Second-year players Geno Smith and Dee Milliner aren’t exempt from the pressure. With playoff aspirations for 2014, both players are looking to bounce back after struggling last season.
Gang Green starts this season with lingering questions on both sides of the ball. How long will it take before the upgrades on offense build continuity? Are inexperienced players with potential ready for expanded roles? The evaluation of weaker positions will continue throughout the season. Head coach Rex Ryan plans to experiment with an uncharacteristically short-handed, untested pass defense.
The top five players facing the most scrutiny are ranked based on statistical expectations, depth at the position and potential to fulfill a roster need.
All statistics are provided via profootball-reference.com unless otherwise noted.