Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)
MLB Rey Maualuga
I think the Jets will look to establish the run again this week after RB Chris Ivory gutted out 34 carries last week in a win over the Patriots. I also think they will be just fine with 3.4 yards per carry and look to work some play action passes for rookie QB Geno Smith off the run game. Maualuga has had a better season this year after two disappointing ones.
He will have to be quick to fill lanes and holes, not hesitating as Ivory arrives with a pop, and so does the Jets RB1A Bilal Powell. It will be interesting to see if preseason hyped Gronk 2.0 Zach Sudfeld will make an appearance to try and open up a defense that still has problems covering TE’s.
Nov 4, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
CB Dre Kirkpatrick
The embattled 1st round pick has stayed healthy through a few games now and will have to step up in the absence of Leon Hall. If the Jets have a weakness, it’s at wide receiver where the only real threat is the inconsistent Stephen Hill. Kirkpatrick has the talent, has the size, and if he plays within the defense and TURNS HIS HEAD AROUND, he could get a turnover from a QB that has 14 on the season.