Points are based on the DWII IDP scoring system, available for viewing in the League Forum.
Jonathan Vilma, MLB
2004 Scoring: 217
Second year pro out of Miami. 6'1", 230 pounds, 23 years old.
Took over the starting MLB spot from Cowart during game 2 of 2004. One of the best MLB's in the NFL, especially in dynasty leagues. Finished at #20 in scoring amoung all LB's and has a chance to finish in the top five in 2005. He is a three down LB. Upside: Hugh. Points projection: 245
Victor Hobson, SLB
2004 Scoring: 82
Third year pro out of Michigan. 6'0", 252 pounds, 25 years old.
Missed 5 and a half games in 2004. Would have projected out to about 150 points. Hobson gets pulled in the nickel and dime and his numbers reflect that. Hobson is a solid run defender. Upside: What you see is what you get. Points projection: 160
Eric Barton, WLB
2004 Scoring: 210.5
7th year pro out of Maryland. 6'2", 245 pounds, 27 years old.
Picked up as an UFA from Oakland after the 2002 season, he led the Jets in tackles in 2003 with 125. Solid stereotypical Weak side linebacker who usually stays in for the nickel and goes out on the dime defense. Upside: Not much, but he was #23 in all LB scoring in 2004, so expect more of the same. Points projection: 215
Barring injuries, these are the Jets full time backers, and none have any serious threat to take thier starting jobs away. Kenyatta Wright is the primary backup, and does see playing time. Mark Brown filled in for Hobson last year, but was disappointing.
UPDATE- 8/14- Barton sat out the first preseaon game with a knee, which is reported as tendonitis. This bears watching, as tendonitis is what caused Barrow to miss all of the 2004 season. McGlover started, and promtly broke his ankle. Brown filled in at the WSLB spot.
John Abraham, DE
2004 Scoring: 126.5
6th year pro out of South Carolina. 6'4", 256 pounds, 27years old.
A first round draft pick with an awesome pass rush, not good against the run, and so far very injury prone. Missed 5 games in 2004, but still was the #26 highest DL scorer. Not attending OTA's or the mini camp because he refused to sign the Franchised player contract the Jets tendered. Past and continueing character issues. When he wants to play, he is awesome. If only the mood struck him more often. Points projection: 180 if he stays healthy. He wont, even though it's another contract year. Another underperforming 150 or so.
Abraham continues to refuse to sign the tender. Bryan Thomas has played well in his abscence as has 2nd year man Trevor Johnson out of Nebraska.
Shaun Ellis, DE
2004 Scoring: 136.5
6th year pro out of Tennesse, 6'5", 285 pounds, 27 years old.
12th overall pick in 2000, he has developed into a team leader on defense. Missed one game in 2004. #19 in scoring for DL's in 2004. Led Jets in sacks the last two years, with 11 in 2004. Strong against the run, a solid every down IDP player. Points projection: 145
Dewayne Robertson, DL/Technique 3
2004 Scoring: 104
3rd year pro out of Kentucky, 6'1", 317 pounds, 23 years old.
4th overall pick in 2003, is a future pro bowler. Very solid against the run, and maintains his lane in the pass rush, producing 3 sacks in 2004. Many more QB pressures. The anchor of the Jets D line. Will only improve, and may become a dominant tackle in the NFL. points projection: 140
Robertson was held out of the 1st preseason game with a degenerative arthriitic knee condition. This is the same condition Foster and Davis had which eventually resulted in microfracture surgery. He has little cartilage in this knee, and this is a situation that bears watching for dynasty leagues. He is expected to be able to play through the pain this year.
This is the position Ferguson left open with his departure to Dallas. I think that for 2004, it will be filled by committee. I think the kid out of Utah, Sione Pouha will be the starter, but will not play half the game. James Reed will spell him, and newly signed Lance Legree will see time there as well. Legree also knows the technique 3 position that Robertson holds down, so he will see some "blow time" at that position as well.
Erik Coleman, Free Safety
2004 Scoring: 211
2nd year pro out of Washington State, 5'10", 200 pounds, 23 years old.
This kid was a HUGH surprise, being a fifth round pick that stepped up and has a lock on his starting job. Finishing at #11 in DB scoring in 2004, he is a ball hawk and can tackle. Good upside. He will be a starter in the Jets D backfield for a long time. Points Projection: 215
This position is somewhat up in the air. Reggie Tongue is the old incumbant, after filling in for Jon McGraw due to injury. Kerry Rhodes may also find some playing time at SS this year, but as a rookie, his time will be limited. Stay away from this position on the Jets.
UPDATE- 8/14- Oliver Celestin has been practicing with the 1st team defense for two weeks, but was unremarkable in his first preseason game, as was Coleman. Rhodes came in and was very impressive, going up for a Garcia INT and making several other notable plays. If this trend continues, Rhodes may steal the job. McGraw having been traded to Detroit is obviously no longer a Jet.
David Barett, CB
2004 Scoring: 171
6th year pro out of Arkanas, 5'10", 195 pounds, 27 years old.
picked up as an UFA from Arizona, has been a very pleasant addition to the Jets. Not a big playmaker, but good enough to be in the top 50 DB's in the NFL in fantasy scoring. A solid bye week DB.
The OTHER CB
This is very much up in the air. Justin Miller, the rookie may challenge for this spot, as might Ray Mickens, not to mention the Jets' continued interest in Ty Law. Derrick Strait, it would appear, is strictly a nickel package DB.
With the signing of Ty Law, he obviously becomes the starter. Mickens was released, so Miller becomes the #3 CB. Based on the current situation, Celestin is probable the 4th CB, given the depth at the safety position. Strait remains the nickel back.
The Jets use a base 4-3, but will have an occassional 3-4 look, with Abraham up. They don't use the 3-4 as much as they had hoped, as despite his speed, Abraham hasn't been vey good at his attempts at dropping back into coverage like an LB. He has the tools, he just doesn't like to do it. The Jets also employ the cover 2. This is a fairly complex scheme, and the Safeties have to know it. It is much simpler for the CB's, which is why Justin Miller has a shot at the open CB position. This is also true for the nickel and dime packages. They are complex, and other than the CB's, the DB's really have to understand what thier responsibilities are. Both Mickens and Strait know this system, and for better or worse, they get pidgeon holed into these part time formations, which hurts thier playing time and opportunity to generate IDP fantasy points.
Back ups and Players to Watch[/b]
Kerry Rhodes-DB, ST specialist
After the Jets drafted Rhodes, they got a call from Parcells who said he was Dallas' highest ranked ST DB in the draft. He has the tools to be a starting FS/SS down the road, but is a project, as the cover 2 defense takes some time for a rookie to learn. I project him to be a starter at SS or FS in 2007. He could be a stud DB down the road, but is by no means a sure thing.
This guy is HUGH! (That means huge for those new to the Huddle) at 6'3", 325 and not at all fat, he blew every other draftee at the combine out of the water on strength tests, by a wide margin. He comes into the NFL at the ripe old age of 26, but with a great character-work ethic reputation. He got tired in college and reportedly took plays off, due to his size and the fact that he was almost always double teamed, but Edwards compared him to Robertson in his rookie year (who looks to me to be a lock as a future pro-bowler) saying that he has stamina issues just like him. However, as a slant nose in the technique 3 defensive line scheme, it is unlikely he would ever become an IDP FF stud. He will see at least 20 plays a game in his rookie year, however, as my projection.
Lance Legree, James Reed, DT's
Legree was a fill in DT ofr the Giants last year, but knows the technique 3 LDT spot. That makes him Robertson's primary backup, but he will see time at the slant nose as well, until Pouha can show he can play every down without tiring. Jame Reed is insurance for the slant nose spot, behing Pouha. Neither deserve IDP consideration.