For the 'anemic' Jets offense to become a threat, scoring an average of just 17.6 points (28th) last season, the first place to check may be the offensive line. Sure, the Jets added Chris Ivory to the run game mix, and some realistic competition at QB, but many hold that the trenches decide games. And, at the moment, the Jets line could seem worrisome.
In 2012, the Jets were plagued by challenges at right tackle, early on in the season.
Once career backup, Wayne Hunter, was thrust into a starting role in training camp and the preseason, and it was quickly apparent that he wasn't the answer. Opposing defensive lineman were essentially able to walk past him, and thus he was traded to St. Louis.
Austin Howard, a bit of a journeyman, got the starting nod, and to his credit, did a respectable job. He rejoins the Jets offensive line squad, with a good number of new faces.
It's anybody's guess who'll start at LG and RG.
The Jets drafted O-lineman with three of their 2013 selections: Guard Brian Winters, Tackle/Guard Oday Aboushi, and a former defensive lineman, converting to guard, William Campbell.
With the losses of both '12 guards, Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson, the position on the Jets roster is an anomaly.
The Jets also added former-Steeler Willie Colon, who should positively help the run game, if healthy, and former-Lion Stephen Peterman. The veterans are 30 and 31 years old, respectively, so health will remain a question mark throughout the rest of their times with Gang Green.
With Peterman's experience at right guard, he may be best suited for the right side, with Colon on the left, but they are both veterans, so should be able to used interchangeably.
Brian Winters has potential to start right away, a great characteristic in a necessary scenario. Vlad Ducasse also remains on the team, but I can't imagine that he gets over-the-hurdle into a starting role.
Campbell will need time to properly develop into a guard.
There's a good measure of depth at a position believed to have lost it, but it all hinges on health and development of the young guys on the roster, for 2013's success, anyway.