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New York Jets: 2014 NFL season key additions

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New York Jets had plenty of growing pains on the offensive side of the ball in 2013. Last year's rookie quarterback Geno Smith became the starter. Head coach Rex Ryan was brought back for the 2014 season and looks to get things turned around. the Jets made several moves in the off season to upgrade their roster. Michael Vick was signed to compete with Smith and gives him someone to follow as a mentor. The running game needs a home run threat at tailback. While the wide receivers unit needs former first round pick Stephen Hill to start producing and live up to his draft status.

The defense especially the defensive front has taken on the personality of its head coach with its aggressive attacking style. They are led by defensive ends Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson who wreak havoc on opposing teams offensive lineman. Outside linebackers Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace do a solid job providing pressure off the edges, but a more dynamic pass rusher may be needed for this defense to really take flight. The secondary has the biggest question marks entering the 2014 season. Antonio Cromartie was signed away via free agency by the Arizona Cardinals. The Jets will need someone to step up and become their number one shut down cornerback. Former first round selection Dee Milliner will get first crack at that title. If the Jets can get consistent play from Geno Smith and the new key additions below produce the Jets could be in the hunt come playoff time.

Chris Johnson - running back
Chris Johnson - running back Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Chris Johnson - running back

Chris Johnson formerly of the Tennessee Titans will bring big play capability to the Jets running game. Johnson will be playing with a chip on his shoulder after he feels Tennessee gave up on him to soon. He want have to carry the load with backfield mates Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell sharing ball carrier duties. Johnson will give a nice change of pace with his speed and create match up problems for the defense when they go to a spread passing look.

Calvin Pryor - safety
Calvin Pryor - safety Elsa/Getty Images

Calvin Pryor - safety

Calvin Pryor will bring intensity and hard hitting to the secondary. It usually only takes one guy to bring about a change to the defense with their physical style. Pryor is that guy who could help turn the Jets secondary into a east coast version of the Seattle Seahawks L.O.B. (Legion of Boom). Pryor is a solid tackler with good coverage skills. He has good instincts to make plays on the ball. He has good closing speed and finds the ball quickly.

Eric Decker - wide receiver
Eric Decker - wide receiver Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Eric Decker - wide receiver

Eric Decker had one of his best season's in 2013 playing with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. He brings size and a very good football I.Q. to New York. Decker will embark on a new adventure being the number one wide receiver for the Jets. After being a role player much of his career he has the opportunity to be the go to guy in New York. Decker runs great routes and has good hands. He may not be the fastest or the quickest, but he is reliable and gives good effort. 

Jace Amaro - tight end
Jace Amaro - tight end John Weast/Getty Images

Jace Amaro - tight end

Jace Amaro brings much needed athleticism to the tight end position. He has the size, playing speed, and good hands to attack the middle of defenses. Amaro is right in line with today's top tight ends with his ability to line up anywhere on the field to create mismatches. In time Amaro should become a favorite target for quarterback Geno Smith. 

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