On Monday, the New York Jets open their voluntary off-season workout program.
With the NFL Draft looming, in which the Jets are expected to pick one of the top four available quarterbacks — either Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen or Josh Allen — there are many questions about the team that need to be answered.
One of these questions relate to linebacker Avery Williamson and the learning curve he faces in replacing Demario Davis as the team’s middle linebacker. Williamson must not only learn Todd Bowles’ defensive scheme, he also has to learn how to play with fellow linebacker Darron Lee. As the middle linebacker is the defense’s play caller, Williamson has a lot of work ahead of him.
Another question for the team will be the knee of new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. In 2016, Bridgewater suffered a major knee injury in training camp, which has kept him out of football the past two years. If his knee is still a problem going into the season, there is a good chance that the team will release him, as his contract was structured in such a way to allow the team to do so without dramatic salary cap ramifications.
The Jets further have an interesting situation at running back, with Eli McGuire, Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell all vying for playing time. Jeremy Bates, who is the team’s new offensive coordinator, must figure how to use the three effectively. While all three have been good players, none so far has broken out as a star.
A further question the team faces as it begins the off-season program is who will be their leaders. On offense, recently re-signed quarterback Josh McCown will likely take charge, but who will lead the defense remains an open question. It could perhaps be free agent cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who signed a big contract with the team in the off-season.
Like with Bridgewater, the team faces questions relating to new center Spencer Long, who is coming back from a quadriceps operation. He will play a key role in the team’s new offense, but he will be very limited in practices at first.
The final question the team faces — apart from who will be their starting quarterback — is who will be their kicker. Cairo Santos is their current kicker, but the team will surely want to look at others. They may even draft a kicker.