In the weeks leading up to the Jets 2014 Training Camp, we will take a position-by-position look at some of the key storylines to follow this summer.
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1. Youth Will Be Served: The Jets have continuity up front and this pack is full of hungry pups. When the season opens in September,
3. Health for the Hybrid: After suffering a fractured ankle in the preseason, Quinton Coples got off to a slow start in 2013. But despite missing two games, Coples led the Jets with 50 QB hurries and finished with 4.5 sacks. Technically listed as an OLB, Coples will play a lot with his hand in the dirt. If there is an area of need up front, it’s more edge pressure. The 6’6”, 290-pound Coples, who worked with pass rush specialist Chuck Smith in the offseason, is an incredibly gifted athlete capable of big numbers.
4. Mo Focused on Football: Muhammad Wilkerson is special for a myriad of reasons. Voted Team MVP by his teammates in 2013, Wilkerson set a new career high with a team-leading 10.5 sacks in addition to a career-high 91 tackles. The 6’4”, 315-pounder also sets the tone on the practice field and he is a stalwart in the community with his T.E.A.M. 96 Foundation (mwteam96.com) that provides assistance to college-bound athletes from four Union County high schools. And Big Mo also made it clear this offseason — on many occasions — that he isn’t worried about a contract extension and will continue to bust his tail for the organization.
5. Harrison & Ellis Are Unsung Heroes: The Jets finished third against the run (88.2 yards per game) overall and best in the league in terms of yards per attempt (3.4). Damon “Snacks” Harrison experienced a career breakthrough last season and Kenrick Ellis was extremely productive in a reserve role. Pro Football Focus named Ellis the Jets’ secret superstar after the 6’4”, 346-pounder registered career highs in games played (16) and tackles (27). And despite manning the nose tackle spot, the 6’4”, 330-pound Harrison notched an impressive 51 solo stops. The Jets have the option of going really big with Ellis and Harrison lining up next to each other.