The New York Jets have a lot riding on their first two draft picks. Quinton Coples and Steven Hill have been named as starters for the Jets. This puts a lot of pressure on the two rookies. Is this a stretch for New York or are these two players talented enough to cut it as starters in the NFL?
Quinton is a big guy. Standing at six foot six, and weighing in at 284 pounds, the defensive end out of UNC has the size and speed that the Jets need to fill a void on the defense. Look to see him paired up with Aaron Maybin. Quinton Coples gives New York a big pass rusher. Scouting reports say that his senior tapes are not that impressive. Rex Ryan feels that coaching and position changes are what caused the downturn in performance from his junior year. Coples will be replacing Mike DeVito as a starter.
The six foot, four inch wideout from Georgia Tech is an obvious replacement for Plaxico Burress. As a starter, the 215 pound Steven Hill gives the Jets a big target for their quarterbacks to throw to. Unlike Burress, Hill has demonstrated that he can catch the ball inside and outside of the red zone. As a starter he will be second to Santonio Holmes, and in line with new York's other receivers like Jeremy Kerley. I expect that Hill will have a huge learning curve to overcome as an NFL starter on a team with two struggling quarterbacks.
Although they need another wideout--the Jets are not doing their offense any favors by starting Hill. Steven Hill is talented without a doubt but starting him will not help Mark Sanchez find his groove with his receivers. Last season demonstrated that Sanchez does not do well with change. Hopefully, Hill will exceed expectations and handle a starting position well.
Nothing like putting pressure on a team to win. Rex Ryan is already shooting off his mouth about leading the league. Pretty big talk from someone who said his 8-8 team was going to the Super Bowl. Don't get me wrong--I love the Jets. However, unless things turn around big time, I think it is going to be a stretch for them to have a winning season in 2012.
Lynda Altman grew up just outside of New York City. She has been a Jets fan all of her life and hopes they have a winning season in 2012. You can contact her @LdyJetsFan on Twitter.
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