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Detroit Lions 2014 Opponent Preview: New York Jets


The Detroit Lions face their second New York opponent in four weeks when they travel to take on the Jets in week four.

To get a feel for the Jets side of preparations for the 2014 season, I got together with Alan Schechter of The Jet Press for a Q&A. Here are my questions followed by his answers.

1. How would you assess the team’s offseason? Did they do what they needed to do through the draft and free agency?

The Jets did quite well this off-season. They knocked a great deal of money off of the books, so much so that even with their acquisitions, they are still under the salary cap now. As far as addressing needs, the Jets addressed, at least in my opinion, each and every position that needed help. They could have done more at cornerback, but other than that, John Idzik and company did just fine.

2. Which Rookie are you most excited to see play in 2014 and why?

Calvin Pryor, because he is a young ball-hawking safety, and seeing him head up a younger Jets’ defensive backfield is something quite exciting to see.

3. What is the biggest question that still needs to be answered heading into training camp?

Well, the obvious one is whether Geno Smith will take a stranglehold of the starting quarterback position, but to me, the biggest question is who will be the starting cornerback on the opposite side of Dee Milliner.

4. What are your expectations for the team in 2014?

It’s had to quantify “expectations” on a football team because of the level of parity in this league. The Jets went 1-15, and then basically took the same team to a 9-7 record on the brink of the playoffs. That being said, with an 8-8 record last season, and what should be a vastly improved offense, but a tough schedule, I see them with between 7-10 wins.

5. Right here, right now, are you marking down the game against the Lions as a win, loss or toss-up?

I call the game as a toss up because if Reggie Bush goes wild the Jets will lose, but if they can contain Reggie they have a good shot to win it.

For more on the Jets, check out The Jet Press.

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