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STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
Is the Rex Ryan Era half full or half empty? Is Geno Smith the answer at quarterback or just a guy blocking the way to progress? Are we ever going to move past rhetorical questions? Welcome to another wild season of New York Jets football.
Ryan's Jets haven't seen the playoffs (or a winning record) since 2010. Last year's group went 8-8, hampered by a spotty offense (25th in yards, 29th in points). Ryan probably needs to lead his squad to a postseason appearance this coming January in order to keep his job.
The Jets have added a bunch of recognizable names to the offense but did they add them too late in the game? Chris Johnson's last Pro Bowl trip came in 2010 and he was all but booed out of Tennessee. Michael Vick turns 34 in late June and has one 16-game season on his resume. Age isn't a problem for Eric Decker; he's 27 and in his fifth NFL season. Though he clearly tops a Jets' wideout corps that also includes returnees Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson, how good will he look without Peyton Manning throwing him the football?
There won't be a lot of Gang Green names targeted in the early part of August fantasy drafts. New York only has two or three players that make sense on anyone's Top 150. But they deserve a full audit, like most teams. The team's yards and touchdowns count