New York Jets 2014 Training Camp Preview
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
REPORT DATES: July 22 (rookies), July 23 (veterans)
SITE: SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY
CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: To this point there has been no real open competition at the quarterback position for the Jets.
Second-year man Geno Smith took the vast majority of the first-team snaps in offseason work over veteran pickup Michael Vick even though most independent observers believe Vick, who turned 34 in June, is a far better option for New York, at least in the short-term.
Whether it's ultimately Smith or Vick at quarterback, one thing is certain, the team significantly upgraded the skill-position talent around the prospective signal caller by bringing in former Denver wide receiver Eric Decker and ex-Titans running back Chris Johnson along with drafting tight end Jace Amaro.
KEY OFFENSIVE ACQUISITION: Johnson isn't the same CJ2K who once rushed for 2,000 yards in Tennessee but he is a significant upgrade in the backfield for the Jets who were getting by with the nondescript Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory.
KEY DEFENSIVE ACQUISITION: Cornerback seemed like the bigger need for the Jets in the draft but GM John Idzik and Rex Ryan couldn't pass up on Louisville safety Calvin Pryor with the 18th overall pick.
An old school, seek-and-destroy safety, Pryor is a little bit better in coverage than he gets credit for and a lot of scouts have described him as a bigger Bob Sanders.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug 7 - vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 PM Aug 16 - at Cincinnati, 7:00 PM Aug 22 - vs. NY Giants, 7:30 PM Aug 28 - at Philadelphia, 7:00 PM
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