Geno Smith was a question mark even before his jaw was broken. The Jets have given the keys to the "Ferrari" to Ryan Fitzpatrick, a reliable and proven game manager. If the 11-year veteran struggles, Todd Bowles might have to go back to Smith. Would that be a good thing? Only time will tell. The Jets drafted rookie Bryce Petty to be a third-string quarterback, and that's where he should stay.
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The running game will fuel the offense. Chris Ivory is a beast, the underrated Bilal Powell is versatile, and don't overlook Zac Stacy. The former Ram came to camp with a chip on his shoulder and was determined to make the 53-man roster. Former Patriot Stevan Ridley (ACL) is on the PUP list, meaning he'll miss the first six weeks.
With a versatile possession guy in Eric Decker and 6-4, 230-pound playmaker Brandon Marshall, the quarterbacks shouldn't have trouble finding an open man. Rookie speedster Devin Smith (ribs) will be a big part of the offense when he returns. Little-known Quincy Enunwa has impressed and fifth-year slot receiver Jeremy Kerley is a proven veteran, though it's unclear how big a role he'll have.
Second-year man Jace Amaro (shoulder) was expected to have a big role in Chan Gailey's offense, but he's on injured reserve. Six-year veteran Jeff Cumberland has never been a big threat and is not a good blocker. Kellen Davis (6-7, 265) is purely a blocker.
Center Nick Mangold is still at the top of his game and Freeport product D'Brickashaw Ferguson is durable; he hasn't missed a game in nine seasons. But there are issues. Willie Colon entered camp competing for his right guard spot and easily earned the job, but the Hofstra product has a penchant for penalties. Bruno Giacomini and James Carpenter have been inconsistent at times.
Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison. It doesn't get much better than that. Unfortunately for the Jets, they'll be without Richardson, a 2014 Pro Bowler, for the first four games because of a suspension. Williams seems ready to handle the extra load, but the Jets need a stronger pass-rush presence. With a big year, Wilkerson could make a stronger case for a long-term contract extension.
Underrated Davis Harris led the team in tackles again last season with 124 and Calvin Pace has 15 sacks in the past two seasons (only 11/2 fewer than Wilkerson). Former first-rounder Quinton Coples has a knack for wrapping up quarterbacks but has failed to live up to the hype since 2012. Trevor Reilly has emerged and rookie Lorenzo Mauldin has the physical gifts to be a disruptive presence. Former third-round pick Demario Davis had a quiet camp and preseason, but this is a big year for him. Adding another pass rusher would help.
The reunion of "Batman and Robin" bodes well for Bowles. Darrelle Revis is arguably the NFL's best cornerback and Antonio Cromartie is no slouch either. Buster Skrine may be small, but he's scrappy and physical. (Expect him to get flagged a lot because of it.) Now that he's back at strong safety, Calvin Pryor needs to step up. Marcus Gilchrist is versatile, plus several backups are battle-tested after being thrown into the fire in 2014.
Nick Folk -- aka "Folk Hero'' -- is 302-for-302 on extra points. One thing to watch: PATs now are 33 yards instead of 20 (Folk has missed only two in his career, both coming in the preseason). Ryan Quigley is serviceable as a punter, but the Jets could look to upgrade. Kerley doesn't provide much of a return on punt duty, but Chris Owusu brings speed on kicks.