Attacking free agency cautiously would be an understatement when evaluating the moves made by the team that calls Florham Park home in the early going, but adding offensive talents like WR Eric Decker, WR Jacoby Ford, QB Mike Vick & now RB Chris Johnson shows GM John Idzik and the gang in green and white have hit the afterburners!
Some have questioned whether Eric Decker is the “number one” receiver the Jets were looking for to supplement an anemic offense. He’s no Calvin Johnson, we can all admit that, but he’ll bring great hands and athleticism to a position that lacked potency in 2013. Jacoby Ford will bring a speedy, deep-threat to the offense some had expected Stephen Hill to deliver. Ford can double as a return specialist, filling a hole in the roster left by the injury to Josh Cribbs.
Could it be the start of another QB controversy, or just a great move by a shrewd GM to solidify the most important position on any team’s 53-man roster? However you look at it, the signing of Mike Vick seems to be a positive. He’s reunited with his former OC in Philly, Marty Mornhinweg, and will be familiar with what the Jets are running on offense. Will he supplant Geno Smith as the starter to open the 2014 campaign? If anything, he’ll push the second-year signal caller in a way the previous starter wasn’t during his tenure.
No one in their right mind thinks he’s still got the 4.24 speed that dazzled at the combine, or all the moves that helped him top 2,000 yards in 2009, but Chris Johnson still has the big-play ability to give the Jets a serious threat out of the backfield. A tandem of Chris Ivory & Chris Johnson will have opposing defenses seeing double…
With weeks before the draft, Idzik and the Jets have caught up nicely to those that started free agency making a splash. It looks good on paper, but let’s see how the pieces gel when they put on the pads come OTAs and training camp. Maybe the 2013 New York Jets weren’t an offensive team that caused defensive coordinators to lose sleep, but in 2014, I’m pretty sure a coordinator or two will toss and turn in their sleep night before a battle with the well-armed Jets.
-Joseph Haas Editor, HCoftheNYJ.com
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