The New York Jets are set to begin their regular season in just over a week, and fans and players alike are gearing up for another "Super Bowl or bust" year in the Big Apple. Gang Green has some new faces around the locker room, and the chemistry between them and the other Jets stars could decide whether or not New York are Super Bowl contenders again this season.
The offensive and defensive stars are all hoping for banner seasons, but some will fail to meet these expectations, while others will perform at an elite level. Here are my predictions for each major offensive player's final regular season stats.
FINAL STATS: 16 GS, 22 TD, 15 INT, 3488 YDS, 59% CMP, 86.7 RATE
This season will finally be the year that the Sanchize shows Jets fans that he is the real deal. The USC product utilizes his new weapons extremely well and manages to throw more touchdowns than passes for the first time in his young career. The 24-year-old sets career highs in touchdowns, yards, quarterback rating and completion percentage and proves that he is no longer a liability on offense.
FINAL STATS: 237 CAR, 1043 YDS, 4.4 YPC, 8 TD, 4 FUM
Shonn Greene's first year as a feature back has it's ups and downs, but eventually the Iowa product emerges as one of the most consistent rushers in football. Greene runs for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career while also having success as a goal-line back. The fumbles are higher than desired, but Greene does enough to maintain his spot as Gang Green's lead back.
FINAL STATS: 133 CAR, 543 YDS, 4.1 YPC, 3 TD
Ladainian Tomlinson will adjust accordingly to the backup role and be a major factor in the passing game while on the field. The former Charger legend will be fresh for the postseason, as he will attempt to clear his name from the list of postseason under-performers.
FINAL STATS: 77 receptions, 1088 yards, 14.1 Y/R, 9 TD
After receiving a massive contract this offseason, Santonio Holmes solidifies himself as one of the elite wide receivers in the NFL, as he becomes Gang Green's main offensive weapon while passing the 1,000 yard mark for the second time in his illustrious career. The Super Bowl MVP becomes a fan favorite in Gotham, as he shows Gang Green fans that he is the dynamic receiver they have waited for, for over a decade.
FINAL STATS: 55 receptions, 714 yards, 13.0 Y/R, 4 TD
The Jet's most controversial signing of the offseason, Plaxico Burress, manages to put together a productive season. Burress will come firing out of the gates but will slow down midseason, as the former Giant will tire. Despite this, Burress will put up solid numbers as the Jets No. 2 wide receiver.
FINAL STATS: 46 receptions, 512 yards, 11.1 Y/R, 3 TD
Former Ravens great Derrick Mason will put up decent numbers as the Jets No. 3 receiver in his first season with the team. The veteran will prove to be a valuable asset in the Jets passing game, despite having the worse final numbers in his illustrious career.
FINAL STATS: 58 receptions, 702 yards, 12.1 Y/R, 4 TD
The Jets young tight end, Dustin Keller, will have another solid season is his fourth year in the league. He will provide Mark Sanchez a big and powerful option in short yardage and red zone situations while also becoming a fan favorite for late season heroics.
My Final Regular Season Stats for Each Major Defensive Player will come soon.