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SCOUT'S HONOR: Jets' preseason report card

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Offense

The ' strength is definitely their ground game with and Lamont Jordan. That's what they need to rely more on. Martin's an underrated workhorse who is very dependable and Jordan has similar tools. The offensive line is the biggest question after losing two starters and mentor Bill Muir. still remains at left tackle, but he's better suited on the right side. steps in at right tackle. He has lots of ability but is a question mark mentally at this stage. Pass protection could be a concern for this unit against quicker defensive fronts. More production is needed at quarterback. They hope to squeeze more life from but need to tailor their game plan towards his strengths. And a decision on must be made within the next year. It's getting to the stage that sitting on the bench is counterproductive to his development. will make a big difference in the passing game. Although he lacks size, his speed makes a huge difference and expands the ' offensive capabilities. They also need more consistency from tight end this season to provide more balance within the passing game.
Grade: B

Defense

Herman Edwards is striving to build a strong defensive club. The changes he has made have shifted talent from the secondary to the front four, which fits Edwards' philosophy much better. The front four has more speed and pass rush depth with rookie Bryant Thomas and veteran . Thomas has great upfield ability while White is a solid, all-around type. The return of should make a huge difference inside against the run. They also added veterans and to provide short-term stability. They should be more consistent against the run this season. The cornerback swap that added and downgrades their speed for more savvy within Edwards' cover-2 philosophy. But it's critical that the pass rush produces to put these guys in a position to make plays. They'll be exposed downfield at times. needs to show more consistency at free safety like he did in Tampa Bay. That would solidify this secondary.
Grade: B

Special Teams

Moss is expected to make a big impact here. His ability to score at any time should enhance their productivity here. They still need K to display more consistency.
Grade: B-

Coaching

Edwards displays a lot of potential as a coach once he puts together the right mix of chemistry within the locker room and molds this club in his philosophy. They also have one of the NFL's best defensive coordinators in Ted Cottrell. But offensive coordinator Paul Hackett needs to become more in tune with the overall program and connect better with his players.
Grade: B

Intangibles

The schedule is favorable for the . And finishing only one game behind New England in the AFC East offers hope. This is a very tight division that gives the an opportunity to make noise if the cards fall the right way.
Grade: A

The Outlook

The could really go either way this season. A lot of people look at them as a middle of the road team on paper. But this could be a very scary team if they stay healthy and the chemistry meshes throughout the course of the season. The could be a true dark horse.
Grade: B
Tagged: Titans, Jets, Buccaneers, Josh Evans, Curtis Martin, Jason Ferguson, John Hall, Anthony Becht, Chad Pennington, Kareem McKenzie, Donnie Abraham

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