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Jets Touted as a Surprise Team in 2008 Says ESPN

EPSN’s Hashmarks has posted their five surprise teams for 2008, and the Jets are on the list.  Here is the commentary on the J-E-T-S and their outlook for the season:

They went from 10-6 and the playoffs in Eric Mangini’s first year as coach to 4-12 last season. Chad Pennington caught much of the blame, but the Jets realized the problems went way beyond the quarterback. That’s why the Jets were one of the league’s most aggressive teams in the offseason.

At the start of free agency, they spent a fortune to get offensive lineman Alan Faneca, defensive tackle Kris Jenkins and linebacker/defensive end Calvin Pace and they used their first-round draft pick on Vernon Gholston, who can play defensive end or linebacker. Jenkins, who once was the best defensive tackle in the league, is in shape, focused and happy after clashing with Fox in Carolina the past few years.

Pennington and Kellen Clemens will compete for the starting job in training camp, but either quarterback should be fine behind a rebuilt offensive line. New England still owns the AFC East, but the Jets should be better than Buffalo and Miami and in contention for the playoffs.

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