5 Jets questions for training camp
Newsday's Jets beat writer Kimberley A. Martin poses five questions that need to be answered during training camp.
WILL THE STARTING RIGHT TACKLE PLEASE STAND UP?
Wayne Hunter has insisted he’s the starting right tackle, but the Jets traded for former first-rounder Jeff Otah this week. Though there still are questions about Otah’s knee, if he’s healthy, the former Carolina Panther will be tough competition for Hunter.
CAN TONY SPARANO REVIVE THE JETS’ GROUND AND POUND GAME?
Despite Rex Ryan’s run-first philosophy, his team took a step back in that department last season. The Jets ranked 22nd overall in rushing yards per game (105.8), compared to fourth (148.4) in 2010 and first (172.2) in 2009. It appears Mark Sanchez won’t have as much passing freedom under new offensive coordinator Sparano, paving the way for more Shonn Greene (career high 1,054 yards).
WILL SANTONIO HOLMES REMAIN A HAPPY CAMPER?
With Plaxico Burress now a distant memory, Holmes (52 receptions for 654 yards and eight touchdowns) is the Jets No. 1 receiver — and he expects to be treated as such. (Case in point: his Miami meltdown in Week 17). But 6-4 rookie wideout Stephen Hill has the speed and height to be a big target for the Jets, especially in the end zone.
WILL THESE NEW-LOOK JETS BE BETTER THAN 8-8?
For now, Rex Ryan has given up on making grandiose guarantees. Instead, he’s focused on getting back to what worked in his first two seasons as head coach. These new-look Jets will have to jell quickly and collectively buy into his vision — but there’s something to be said for Cortland-fostered camaraderie. Under Ryan, they’ve advanced to the AFC title game each season they’ve held training camp upstate.
IS THE DARRELLE REVIS CONTRACT DRAMA OVER?
Probably not. The All-Pro cornerback is expected to be in Cortland with his teammates, but by no means is he happy with his current deal. Nor does it mean questions about future contract negotiations with the Jets won’t be asked.