Jets Breakout Player- Geno Smith, QB
At times, a season ago in his rookie campaign, Geno Smith was terrible for the Jets. He finished the season with over 3,000 passing yards 12 passing touchdowns, 6 rushing, and 20 interceptions. His top targets on the Jets offense in 2013 were Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson. This offseason the Jets brought in a lot of new weapons including Chris Johnson, Eric Decker, Jace Amaro, Shaq Evans, and Jalen Saunders. What gives me hope for Geno is over the last four weeks of his rookie season (1/4 of the season), Geno was second in the NFL in quarterback rating, only behind Peyton Manning. With an actual supporting cast and a mentor in Michael Vick, I expect Geno Smith to take a huge leap forward and prove he is the quarterback of the future for the New York Jets
Jets Breakout Player- Chris Johnson, RB
Chris Johnson, whom the Jets acquired via free agency, has been an electric runner throughout his career. I don't even need to bring up his numbers, but it definitely helps my case. In six seasons on the Titans Johnson had 7,965 rushing yards, 4.6 yards a carry, 58 total touchdowns (50 rushing), 2,003 receiving yards, and he's durable, only missing three games in his career. Most people who disapproved of getting Johnson believe he is too old, or that he will not produce any where near where he has in the past. I think the opposite, with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell as backups Johnson won't have to have a heavy running load. That'll help him stay energized and I think Johnson will have over 1,000 yards rushing with around 8 touchdowns. I'm looking forward to seeing what Johnson and the other Jet running backs will do this year, what I do know is that Chris Johnson will be an impact player on this year's team.
Jets Breakout Player- Jace Amaro, TE
In the offseason the Jets had to go after weapons to build up the offense. After a successful free agency, the same pattern continued when they drafted Jace Amaro in the second round. Amaro, coming out of Texas Tech, was one of the best catching tight ends in the draft. He led the nation in receptions and receiving yards among tight ends. His unique athleticism helps him seperate from corners and safeties in the middle of the field as well as on the outside. He has the ability to be a starter in week one and could possibly compete for offensive rookie of the year with Geno Smith's help.
Jets Breakout Player- Eric Decker
Most of you reading this are probably very confused. Eric Decker is already a solid wide receiver, so why do I say he breaks out this season? Well, Decker's ability to be a number one wide receiver in this league has been questioned, this will end after this season. I expect Eric Decker to play great this season showing that he is not just a product of Peyton Manning but is in fact an elite wide receiver. Paper says Decker won't pan out, but I trust Idzik's gut.