Will Recent Additions to Jets' Roster Have Them Primed for a Super Bowl?

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Will Recent Additions to Jets' Roster Have Them Primed for a Super Bowl?
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The New York Jets surprised everyone, including Rex Ryan, when they managed to piece together a decent enough record to get themselves into the playoffs.

They followed an unlikely playoff berth with a narrow 17-14 win over the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the AFC playoffs.

The stage was set for an epic battle between rookie QB and four-time MVP QB.

The result was a 13 point Jets' loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Even though the Jets failed to make it to the Super Bowl, the team made some pretty good strides, most notably on defense. 

Led by LB David Harris, who wrapped up the year with 82 solo tackles and six interceptions, the Jets' defense was key in their win over San Diego, with two integral interceptions and five tackles for losses. 

So what about these four new additions to the Jets' roster?

They will strengthen the Jets and make them an even more formidable force in the AFC East.

LaDainian Tomlinson

In his final year as a Charger, Tomlinson's numbers were, well...mediocre at best. Out of the 223 carries he received, he only rushed for 730 yards and 12 TDs. That's not too bad, but things could've been better.

Ironically, Tomlinson was kept under control in the Chargers' loss to the Jets in the second round of the AFC Playoffs, only rushing for 24 yards on 12 attempts and a long of five yards.

Tomlinson's best rushing year? 2006, when he collected 1,815 yards on 348 carries, averaging 5.2 yards a carry, and scoring 28 TDs.

Now, imagine the damage Tomlinson and Thomas Jones could do.

Last season, Jones amassed 1,402 yards on 331 carries, averaged 4.2 yards a carry, and crossed the goal line 14 times.

If used as a two-headed attack, these two could create nightmares for defenses.

Santonio Holmes

Holmes was the latest player to be tossed to the Jets. Unfortunately, the Jets won't be able to employ Holmes' services until the fifth game of the season, due to a four game suspension handed down by the league for violating the substance abuse policy, whatever that means.

Regardless, Holmes is talented, just ask the Arizona Cardinals.

In his last season with the Steelers, Holmes had decent numbers, putting up 1,248 yards on 79 receptions, with five TDs, and averaging 15.8 yards per catch. 

His career numbers are pretty good, considering he's only been in the league for five years. Holmes has a career reception record of 3,835 yards on 235 receptions, 20 TDs, and averages 16.3 yards per catch.

Coupled with Jets' leading receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who put up respectable numbers last season with 821 yards on 57 receptions, three TDs, and an average of 14.4 yards per catch, these two will give QB Mark Sanchez more, talented targets to throw to, and thus making the offense even more potent.

Antonio Cromartie

In his five seasons with the Chargers, Cromartie's final season was one of his worst. 

He had 31 tackles and three interceptions. His best seasons were 2007 and 2008, where Cromartie had 39 tackles and 10 interceptions, and 60 tackles and two interceptions, respectively.

The Jets' shutdown corner, Darrelle Revis, had a stellar 2009 season, with 59 tackles and six interceptions.

With Revis and Cromartie at the corners, the Jets should have no problem grounding opponents' aerial assaults.

Nick Folk

Formerly the PK for the Dallas Cowboys, the Jets picked up Folk in Feb.

Folk's 2009 average was pretty good, nailing kicks from 39 yards and below. When he gets to anything above 39 yards, his numbers take a beating.

Folk was 5/12 from distances over 39 yards, and his 2009 season average for field goals was 64.3 percent; that's not too good.

On a positive note, Folk made all 36 of his PATs (point after touchdown), for a sum of 90 points.

Sanchez and the offense will have to make sure to stay within Folk's 34.4 yard field goal average.

After tasting a lot of success in the 2009 season and falling just short of the Super Bowl, you can bet that the Jets will come into the 2010 season hungry for more.

 

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