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Projected 2014 starters: New York Jets

Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series breakdown.

New York Jets Projected 2014 Starters
Offense
Defense
QB
DE
RB
DT
WR1
DT
WR2
OLB
WR3
ILB
TE1
ILB
LT
OLB
LG
CB1
C
CB2
RG
SS
RT
FS


» No team in the division has undergone more change than the Jets -- especially on offense, where veteran quarterback Michael Vick was signed to push second-year passer Geno Smith. Gang Green continues to talk up Smith's progress, but we see Vick as the Week 1 starter without hesitation. After adding so many parts on offense, Vick gives New York a better chance to win right away.

» Whoever starts under center will hand the ball off to a combination of Chris Ivory and the newly signed Chris Johnson. We don't trust the former Titans home-run hitter as a featured back, but if Johnson and Ivory can stay healthy, coach Rex Ryan finally has the horses to return to his beloved ground-and-pound past.

» We expected New York to use a high pick on a receiver, but they opted instead for "move" tight end Jace Amaro. I like the selection and expect the former Texas Tech weapon to see plenty of targets in the passing game. At wideout, Eric Decker makes more sense as a No. 2 target, but he's an immediate upgrade over Jeremy Kerley and the unnerving Stephen Hill, the latter who might tumble from the starting lineup if he continues to disappoint.

» Defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon "Snacks" Harrison and Sheldon Richardson remain in place as one of the NFL's nastiest three-man fronts. In the new-look secondary, Ryan already has fallen in love with hammer-dropping rookie safety Calvin Pryor, who should make an immediate impact against the run. At cornerback, Antonio Cromartie is out the door, leaving Dee Milliner as a starter across from Dimitri Patterson.

» Tajh Boyd was a curious pick in Round 6. Don't be surprised if he never starts a game for this team.

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