As the heat continues to pulsate throughout practice facilities at every teams camp, rookies recite their college fight songs while carrying veterans equipment, some with shaven heads and god knows what else, the battle continues to rage for the chance to represent the shield come September. They all have one thing in common thus far. It's time to line up against someone other than potential teammates. A chance
to prove to on looking owners, general managers and coaches that they are worthy to advance to the second stage of hope. The separation between men and gladiator takes to act
Jets Ready to Soar: The New York Jets are coming off an 8-8 season. A year in which many pundits and talking heads alike were realistically predicting a 5-11 season at best. No one , with the exception of the players and coaches in their locker room, thought it would be much different, much less a surprising .500 win percentage. Memo to the AFC East, don't take this team lightly. Safety Calvin Pryor out of Louisville can provide an instant impact in the defensive backfield. He can stick, and a 6"0" and 207 lbs., provides a nice blend of speed and strength.
At number 2 on the depth, he will see significant playing time this season. Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison, and Sheldon Richardson provide a solid D line, and the line backing core of David Harris and Calvin Pace will be free to roam. Harris is a tackling monster. On offense, Eric Decker is out to prove he is more than a by product of the Denver system and will give second year qb Geno Smith a middle of the field threat. Look for Michael Vick to bring back the "slash" effect and quite possibly the "wildcat offense" to the Jet playbook. Head Coach Rex Ryan is often maligned here in the New England region by many a fan and "talking head", but he manages to get the most out of his team. At times a bit boisterous, the guy knows his defense and the team he puts out on the field truly believes in him. Four of their first seven games are at home, but weeks 6 and 7 look to be the measuring stick, with 2 games in 4 days, Sun. Oct. 12th vs Denver and Thur. Oct. 16th at New England.
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