Now that the New York Jets have had a chance to get settled into training camp lets take a look at some of the early stories that are developing.
1) Quarterback competition is heating up- As expected the quarterback competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith is garnering most of the attention. As of now there does not seem to be a leading candidate, but Smith is turning some heads with his improvement since mini-camp. Geno has yet to throw an interception and has displayed improved footwork from under center. The rookie is struggling with some of his reads (which is resulting in sacks) but this is to be expected from a young quarterback learning a new offense. As for Sanchez he appears to be comfortable in the west coast offense but has struggled a bit with his accuracy.
2) Some surprises at the wide receiver position- Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill have opened some eyes with their impressive performances to start out training camp. Gates appears to have cleaned up some of his route running issues while Hill has become a bit more consistent with his hands. The Jets need both of these guys to continue to improve as it seems like Santonio Holmes will not be ready to start the season.
3) Depth issues at running back? Heading into camp the running back group was considered by many to be the strength of the offense. Well Mike Goodson has been out of practice for personal reasons, Chris Ivory is battling a hamstring injury, and Joe McKnight is dealing with dehydration issues. Ivory and McKnight should be fine but this is definitely a situation to keep an eye on.
4) Safeties continue to battle for starting spot- It appears that Antonio Allen is the leading candidate to play along side Dawan Landry in the center of the Jets secondary. Jaiquawn Jarrett has received early praise from Rex Ryan while Josh Bush seems to be in catch up mode. It will be interesting to see how this competition plays out in the preseason.
5) Defensive line continues to get praise- It seems like every article that gets written includes some type of praise for the Jets defensive line. The line which includes starters Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, and Sheldon Richardson has a ton of potential and athletic ability. If this group, which also includes Damon Harrison and Antonio Garay, can dominate the line of scrimmage Rex Ryan is going to have a field day with his blitz packages.
6) Battle for the starting cornerback spot begins- On Monday rookie Dee Milliner finally signed his contract and he will begin practicing on Wednesday. Milliner is the favorite to start opposite Antonio Cromartie in the Jets secondary and will face competition from several players including Kyle Wilson, Ellis Lankster, and Darrin Walls. Note: Aaron Berry is out for the year due to a torn ACL.