Camp Question Marks
Posted by Bob Bullock July 01, 2008 9:57PM
The Jets have announced that the 2008 training camp will begin on July 24th. It should be a very interesting camp as the team will get an infusion of "new blood".
Having bolstered its defensive tackle position, the pass-rush and the offensive line, the team looks to be in pretty good shape heading into the new season. However, some questions remain, the biggest of which is at the quarterback position.
The uncertainty at that spot is the main reason most "experts" are picking the Jets to finish somewhere around the .500 mark. One ridiculous publication even has them finishing in last place behind the Dolphins. Seriously though, all the foolishness aside, the Jets do need to answer some key questions if this season is going to be a success. A success marked by making the playoffs and being a threat once there.
Kellen Clemens has the tools to make it in this league, as he displayed in spurts last season. If he can step up and be a consistent player week in and week out, there is no reason this team can't have a very successful campaign in 2008.
Another key element will be how fast the offensive line jells. Adding Alan Faneca and Damien Woody certainly increases the talent level of the line right away. It will be interesting to see how long it takes them to get on the same page as a unit though.
This will not only help Clemens, but it will also allow Thomas Jones to be more of a force I believe with the veteran presence of Faneca and the further development of D'Brick and Nick Mangold, the line could become dominant as the season movon the ground.
On defense, it will be interesting to see how the addition of Kris Jenkins at defensive tackle helps the run defense. If Jenkins does his part and plugs the hole in the middle, the rest of the talent on defense will be able to take over. Calvin Pace and Vernon Gholston should be able to cause havoc rushing from the outside, while David Harris will be free to roam and crush any opposing ball carriers that sneak through. Add to that the fact that the secondary has two legitimate play-makers now in Darrelle Revis and Kerry Rhodes.
The defense certainly has the potential to make some big plays. A lot will depend on just how aggressive of a scheme Mangini allows this unit to play. Hopefully he'll start attacking EARLY and OFTEN, which is the way we ALL know this defense plays best.
There are definitely some "ifs" heading into camp, but this team has the potential to do some very good things in 2008. It will just depend on when and "IF" certain pieces fall into place.
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