Well just when we thought we might have found someone to block instead of Wayne Hunter, we learn that the player may be physically unfit. Not a good start. Jeff Otah was traded to the Jets this past week but the trade will be nullified if he can't pass his physical. News reports indicate that Otah's knee -- which has ailed him his entire injury-plagued career -- is the culprit. All indications are that Otah is working hard to rehab his knee and make the team. Let's hope that he can pass his physical and that he is strong enough to become a stalwart on the Jets offensive line because it would be hard to watch Wayne Hunter
Mark Sanchez' only position battle this training camp should be again the media. No matter what he does good or bad the media will be shooting for Tebow to play at QB. Sanchez could be having a find season 5 games through and they will still want Tebow. Tebow will score in the redzone, Tebow will rush the ball well when needed. But Sanchez is our QB. He will be unless injury. Its the media who is in his way of doing it peacefully.
As soon as Vladimir Ducasse was drafted I loved this guy. But he never picked up the pace of the NFL. According to Tony Sprano neither did Matt Slauson. They will be battling for the starting guard spot and if you ask me, they should give it to Ducasse. Slauson has had his chance playing under Sanchez and he just hasn't got it done. Ever since Thomas Jones left we haven't had the "ground and pound" they Rex Ryan wants to have; and we won't this season. The Jets will be behind in running until they get a playmaker at the running back position. Shonne Greene just doesn't have the every play body and won't last the whole season. But in this specific battle I think Slauson will end up winning it out.
Former first round pick by the Jets Keyshawn Johnson had a "brother to brother" talk about leadership to Santonio Holmes. Holme who has shown lack of leadership and giving up on the Jets in the past, must be a huge leader this year for the Jets. Even though he isn't 30 yet, he's a super bowl MVP and winner and needs to show young guns especially the rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill how to act and lead. In this picture it seems as if Holmes is either learning or getting a tough talk from the former great receiver.
The Jets open up Camp on July 26th and it will be as always interesting. Here are 5 things to watch this August.
1) "QB" battle between Sanchez and Tebow. Sanchez is the starter but you know this is be a battle no matter what.
2) Revis' Contract, will he get one? I don't think so. Not yet at least.
4) Aging veterans. Holmes, Scott just two veterans that need to perform at the top level this season for a ring.
5) Rex Ryan and his shenanigans. Can he produce a Super Bowl winning team? Lets start with 5 wins by week 8.
The MAIN thing Jet fans wanted this whole off-season was to replace Wayne Hunter and today they have done that. The Jets traded a conditional 7th round draft pick to the Carolina Panthers for offensive tackle Jeff Otah. The former 19th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Otah has missed the last 31 of 35 games due to knee injuries. In all the games he has played in though he has started. The Jets will keep Hunter and will play Hunter but Otah will be a starter and hopefully will keep Sanchez, Tebow, and Greene safe and open up holes for the run game. This could be the best off-season acquisition the Jets have had or the biggest bust.
Rex Ryan has slimmed down...a lot. This isn't the Rex you are used to, the "new Rex" has lost 106 pounds and is down to 242 pounds. Now people can't call him fat but rather a large man. This isn't big news but it shows that he can do what he wants to do, which could mean winning a super bowl.
Darrelle Revis who wants a new contract (again) has told the media that he will go to camp which means he will play without a new contract. This Revis is better then the hold-out Revis we saw a few summers ago. The best Cornerback in the league deserves the most money but won't get it this summer. Eventually the Jets will show him that he is worth huge money but it won't happen until at least week 8 of this season. He needs to worry about playing, winning, and being the best still, let his agent control his contract negotiations. I know he is the best and he will always be the best for years to come, he deserves money but the most important thing is that he is going to training camp and will teach new rookies the road to the NFL.
As the NY Jets get ready for the start of training camp, there remain a lot of unanswered questions about the team. Looking back over off-season acquisitions and the recent draft, fans have to be wondering if the Jets have addressed what appeared to be some pressing needs. For starters, the Jets will essentially be fielding the same offensive line as they did last season. Yes, the same line that at times appeared to engage in matador-like blocking which allowed defenses to stampede all over the Sanchize. If you believe what has come out of the Jets camp, the fact that they have a new offensive line coach will somehow make Wayne Hunter able to block. Excuse me if I find that hard to swallow. The Jets have also not done much to shore up their linebacking core. At times last season, the Jets linebackers looked tired at the end of games which led to more than one devastating scoring drive. It may be that Bart Scott revitalizes his career or someone else steps up, but for now, this remains a serious question mark.