2012 Jets training camp preview

Tim Tebow, left, and Mark Sanchez are not in a competition. Unless you ask every fan.

Following an 8-8 season where the Jets were — on paper — among the most star-studded teams in the league, head coach Rex Ryan faced an offseason where many anticipated big moves. Instead of a roster shakeup, however, the Jets were relatively low key in their acquisitions — except for a certain back-up QB. A preview of the storylines to watch from Jets training camp:

1. The Obvious

All the talk leading up to camp is of the supposed quarterback controversy between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. When the Jets acquired Tebow from Denver in March, they not only added a major marketing chip to sell jerseys and tickets, they got the league’s most unconventional quarterback. Jets management and Ryan promised Tebow will be utilized in the Wildcat and in the red zone in a subsidiary role to Sanchez. The national media, however, is playing up a supposed battle for the starting job. Truth be told, Sanchez can silence any speculation and the make job his with a sterling camp.

2.  Does Revis Maroon Himself?

The Associated Press reported that All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis will not hold out and will honor his contract — at least for this year. Of course, the Jets are just two years removed from the last Revis holdout, which ended just shy of the regular season. The defense revolves around Revis and his shutdown ability and any type of discontent or divisiveness in the media about his current contract would be an unwelcome distraction.

3. Everything is all right now

After the season was completed, a number of veteran players such as Revis and ex-Jet LaDainian Tomlinson took to the airwaves to complain about the locker room environment for what was a rather dysfunctional team. The Jets were rather average on the field last year, but were awfully good at pointing the finger at each other. This offseason has been all about unity and, to a man, all the players in the locker room will say that last year is in the past. But are the feuding Jets no longer going to entertain us? On-field fights are always a part of training camp and it will be interesting to see what players go at it this year … and if they’re able to bury the hatchet quickly or if the bad blood lingers.

4. Will the Line Be So Offensive? 

Let’s face it, the Jets offensive line stunk last year. They allowed 40 sacks of Sanchez and were largely responsible for what was an average rushing game. With a new offensive coordinator in Tony Sparano, the offensive line should improve but what is the ceiling level for this group that returns all five starters? On Monday, the Jets traded for Panthers right tackle Jeff Otah, a former first-round pick, whose injuries and work ethic concerns have plagued this play with enormous potential.

5. The Rex Factor

During his first two years with the Jets, Ryan was almost bigger than the team, his affable personality coupled with his girth and penchant for the outlandish seemed to bind both fans and players together. Around the NFL, players talked about wanting to play for Ryan and he seemingly willed the Jets to consecutive AFC Championship game appearances. But last year, the wheels fell off and now Ryan more than any draft pick or free agent acquisition this offseason is left to bring the team together again. He will need to defer to Sparano on offense and focus on a defense that has lost its luster over the last year.

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor announces public housing improvements

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across…

National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

Local

Bratton defends 'broken windows' work as NYPD support…

Sixty percent of those polled said they support the "broken windows" theory approach popularized by Commissioner Bratton since his first term in the 1990s.

Local

Transit changes for Labor Day weekend

The MTA is adding additional service Friday for New Yorkers getting out of the city for the long weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29, 27 additional…

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

MUSIC The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees…

Going Out

5 things to do this weekend in NYC

The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees expected. David Guetta,…

Television

'Full House' might be relaunched with some of…

A new "Full House" might be in the works.

Movies

Review: 'The Congress' is a crazy, unwieldy sci-fi…

Robin Wright is the center of gravity in "The Congress," which turns from a live-action Hollywood satire into an animated spectacular on a downer future.

NFL

Mario Manningham on the bubble as Giants play…

Former Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham hopes his second go-around with Big Blue doesn’t end with Saturday’s final cut day.

NFL

Source: Stephen Hill 'faces a battle' to make…

A team source says Stephen Hill, who has battled injuries and poor performances during his first two years, is no lock to make the Jets’ final roster.

Sports

Serena Williams leaving legacy of talented American women…

It seems only a matter of when, not if, Serena Williams will win her 18th career grand slam championship.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…

Sex

The 10 types of people you meet online

Does it ever seem like online dating profiles tend to get a little repetitive? It turns out you are not the only one to have…

Home

Labor Day essentials

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or barbecuing in the park here are some must-haves for your end-of-summer bash.

Education

Does the school day start too early?

As thousands of high schoolers get ready to head back to class, health experts say it may be time to push back the start of…