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NFL Preseason Preview Capsules: AFC

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AFC East: New York Jets

OPEN CAMP: July 23, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, New York.

LAST YEAR: Rookie QB Geno Smith was forced into starting job when Mark Sanchez was lost for season and had roller-coaster year that ended on upswing, Jets winning three of last four to finish .500 and save coach Rex Ryan's job. Still, Jets missed playoffs for third straight year, longest postseason drought since Woody Johnson bought team in 2000.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: WR Eric Decker; RB Chris Johnson; QB Michael Vick, RT Breno Giacomini; CBs Dimitri Patterson and Dexter McDougle; S Calvin Pryor; TE Jace Amaro; special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: Sanchez; CB Antonio Cromartie; WRs Santonio Holmes and Josh Cribbs; RT Austin Howard; TE Kellen Winslow Jr.; S Ed Reed; ST coordinator Ben Kotwica.

CAMP NEEDS: For Smith to show marked improvement and establish himself as QB of present, and possibly future. If he struggles, Vick will be expected to step in. Jets also will have to sort through mix of veterans and youngsters at WR and in secondary.

EXPECTATIONS: Ryan encouraged by upgrades on offense with Decker, Johnson and Amaro, who should help move ball more consistently, whether it's Smith or Vick under center. Defense should be solid, as usual, as long as Pryor, McDougle and second-year CB Dee Milliner play well. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)



The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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