The New York Jets had a busy offseason trying to re-sign the dozen or so free agents that tested the open market. The team has also been busy pursuing free agents like Nnamdi Asomugha and Plaxico Burress to fill the voids left after the 2010 season.
New York has retained some of their players in Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie but they also lost some important players like Braylon Edwards and Shaun Ellis. In an ideal world, the Jets would have loved to have kept everyone from last year. Unfortunately money prevented that from happening.
As a result, New York has some holes to fill going into the 2011 season. There are positions that are still open going into the first preseason game in about a week and it will be interesting seeing the competition between players battling for a place on the depth chart.
There is no doubt that the losses at the wide receiver and defensive line position have left the team in a tough situation. However, this only gives players a chance to prove themselves to the coaches.
So with a number of uncertainties as of now, rookies and veterans will have to step up. Here are seven players to watch out for in 2011. Don’t be surprised if they turn heads around the league.