New York Jets 2010 Roster Rundown
Quick-hitting analysis on every key contributor to the 2010 New York Jets.
Head Coach: Rex Ryan (2nd year)
Coordinator: Brian Schottenheimer
QB: Mark Sanchez
Young and learning. Impressive at times as a rookie, but his utter lack of pocket toughness is a serious concern.
RB: Shonn Greene
Runs with great centralized power for a player with light feet. Can he perform as a feature back for all 16 games?
RB: LaDainian Tomlinson*
Not as fast or quick as Leon Washington and doesn’t have as much juice as Thomas Jones had. So what, exactly, are the Jets expecting to get here?
FB: Tony Richardson
Consummate professional who is still going strong in Year 16.
WR: Braylon Edwards
Acrobatic at times, but horrendous drops and sloppy route running make it difficult for a quarterback to trust him.
WR: Santonio Holmes*
Has evolved from fundamentally weak receiver to one of the best route runners and hands-catchers in the game. It sounds bad, but off-field behavior issues are no big deal when you can elevate your play to superstar status big situations.
WR: Jerricho Cotchery
Prototypical possession receiver. Capable of catching 80 balls, but will have to swallow his pride and likely haul in only 40-45.
TE: Dustin Keller
Athletic receiving tight end who can split out. Better split him out, in fact – he generates minimal power as a blocker.
TE: Ben Hartsock
Considered the blocking tight end, but doesn’t have enough strength to move opponents when he’s coming out of a standstill position.
LT: D’Brickashaw Ferguson
Nimble athlete who will make $22 million guaranteed if he avoids major injury in 2010.
LG: Vladimir Ducasse**
Second-round rookie played tackle at tiny UMass. He can survive as an ill-prepared starter because he’s lining up between two Pro Bowlers.
C: Nick Mangold
The best center in the NFL.
RG: Brandon Moore
Quietly goes about his business nearly mistake-free. You could argue that he’s the team’s best lineman.
RT: Damien Woody
Has classic run-mauling power, and somehow doesn’t get beat too often in pass protection.
6 OL: Wayne Hunter
Sees plenty of snaps as the jumbo tackle in running situations. Jets actually put him in motion at times.
Coordinator: Mike Pettine
LDE: Shaun Ellis
Deserves a world of credit for being a good 4-3 DE early in his career, then a very good 3-4 DE late.
NT: Kris Jenkins
Coming off ACL. Last time he came off an ACL (’05), he made the Pro Bowl. Outstanding initial quickness for a 345-pounder.
RDE: Mike Devito
Doesn’t have the strength to consistently dictate the action, but his high-energy skills are a good fit in this scheme.
4 DL: Sione Pouha
Sheds blocks well at times, but overall, he’s strictly a rotational player.
LOLB: Bryan Thomas
Built more like a lithe space player, but actually plays to contact extremely well. Can stop the run and fight along the edge with strength.
LILB: Bart Scott
Emotional leader and arguably the most versatile inside linebacker in the NFL.
RILB: David Harris
Fourth-year pro has evolved into an excellent thumper with good lateral speed.
ROLB: Calvin Pace
Output isn’t as impressive as his raw athleticism, but he’s still someone opponents have to account for.
5 LB: Jason Taylor*
Longtime enemy was brought in to boost what was actually a very average pass-rush last season.
CB: Darrelle Revis
The debate isn’t whether he’s the best cornerback in the NFL – it’s whether he’s the best defensive player.
SS: Jim Leonhard
Intelligence, grit, speed and open-field tackling make him an excellent fit in Rex Ryan’s system.
FS: Eric Smith
Good versatility as a nickel defender, both in slot and space. With so much talent around him, should be fine as a fulltime starter.
CB: Antonio Cromartie*
An elite athlete in man-to-man, but gives a pathetic effort too often in zone. Character is a major concern.
NB: Kyle Wilson**
Played on the outside at Boise State; Jets love his tackling and speed in the über-important nickelback role.
6 DB: Dwight Lowery
Somewhat inconsistent finesse-based player, but accumulated good experience his first two years in the league.
K: Nick Folk
Former Cowboys Pro Bowler is hoping a change of scenery can help him recapture his mechanics.
P: Steve Weatherford
Needs to improve his 42.0 average and 36.5 net from ’09.
RS: Brad Smith
Valuable gadget player who took one kickoff 106 yards to the house last season.| Hard Knocks Jets, Jets depth chart 2010, New York Jets predictions