NFL Preseason 2010: New York Jets Top Storylines
Every preseason there are many different storylines that consume NFL training camp. This year the Jets are involved in many of those storylines because of their visibility on the HBO show "Hard Knocks".
Here are five of the New York Jets storylines so far this preseason.
The Jets brought in Antonio Cromartie, Santonio Holmes, and LaDainian Tomlinson this offseason to upgrade the team.
The Jets felt that Sanchez needed more weapons on the offensive side of the ball this season; adding Tomlinson and Holmes is supposed to give him that. The question is how much will the old running back and troubled receiver be able to contribute to the team?
The Jets got a steal in Cromartie, who is an ultra athletic defensive back. Like Holmes though, he has many personal issues that could hold him back.
Will the Jets offseason acquisitions translate into a championship?
Thomas Jones was a workhorse running back who ran for over 1,400 yards on over 300 carries. Now, second year back Shonn Greene will have that workload put on his back.
Jones was let go in the offseason because the Jets felt that Greene could have a similar impact on this team.
Greene will now be expected to be the main back in a run happy system. This is a lot of pressure to be put on an unproven back, especially when the backup plan is an aged LaDainian Tomlinson.
Rex Ryan Cursing on T.V.
This shouldn't have been a big storyline from Jets camp, but it ended up being one. During "Hard Knocks" Ryan can be seen cursing constantly.
Everyone was aware of this, but it only became a huge issue when former NFL coach Tony Dungy took exception to the cussing and stated that he was disappointed in the display Ryan put on in front of the cameras.
Ryan responded to Dungy's comments by saying he was just being himself and that he is not a bad person for cursing.
It's pretty ridiculous that this got an attention, but in the end it becomes a top storyline for the Jets.
Can Mark Sanchez Take the Next Step?
Mark Sanchez led the New York Jets to the AFC Championship game last season, although individually he was nothing to write home about.
This year in his sophomore season the question is can he build on his rookie season?
In his first preseason game he looked very good behind center, but in his second game vs. the Panthers, he looked like the Sanchez from last season.
His third preseason start vs. Washington will be his last game he plays significant time and he has a lot to show Jets fans to make them believe he is truly their quarterback of the future.
Darrelle Revis' Contract Holdout
It seems at this point that the Revis saga will never end. Revis has sat out the entire preseason in a contract holdout.
Revis has refused to budge from his stance on being the highest paid cornerback in the league, even though the Jet have tried to renegotiate his contract.
This week it was reported by Tim Cowlishaw that Revis would sign this Wednesday and that did not happen. The only two parties that really know what is going on is Revis' people and the Jets.
There doesn't look to be an end in sight to this problem for the Jets.