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EA Q&A: 6-Pack of #JetsCamp Questions

Eric Allen Talks CB, WR & Impactful Rookies

EA: The Jets base defensive look thus far in camp has been nickel for all intents and purposes. More often than not, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has lined up with at least three WRs on the field. When that occurs and the first units are matched up against each other, Marcus Williams and Dee Milliner line up on the outside and Buster Skrine is inside at the nickel. With Darrelle Revis working his way back from wrist surgery, all three corners are getting action on the outside. Head coach Todd Bowles made it clear that Skrine, who has collected made multiple interceptions, will get the first crack on the outside opposite Revis.

EA: Although Dexter McDougle missed Sunday's practice with a hamstring injury, he has definitely showed improvement early in camp. The key for McDougle will be returning to the field and continuing to make strides. Just four practices in, I like what I've seen out of Juston Burris. The fourth-round pick, a 6'0", 212-pounder, is thickly built and he has competed well off the line and when the ball has been in the air. Kevin Short, a 6'2", 185-pounder, is a young player with pro experience and he brings some physicality to the field as well.

EA: Geno Smith has quietly had a solid opening to camp. He struggled Saturday, but he has flashed his talent on multiple occasions.  He has made beautiful throws at times and he has a better understanding of the offense in Year 2. The fact that we cannot overlook is Smith had a very good spring while playing with the first team and throwing to guys like Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Matt Forté* *and Bilal Powell. Now Smith is running the second team offense and he is playing with a lot of young players not only on the outside, but up front along that line as well.

EA: I don't really look at it as the No. 3 WR.  In yesterday's NFL, the No. 3 WR mean the slot receiver. Well Eric Decker owned the inside last year as he finished with 80 receptions for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns. Obviously Deck is not a No. 3 anywhere at any point. Quincy Enunwa, whom Coach Bowles compared to Dennis Rodman because he's a jack of all trades, is working on becoming a better receiver.  Kenbrell Thompkins has been busy all throughout the spring and now into camp, catching a lot of balls. KT is a smooth performer, possessing good speed and he has had an active spring and summer. Devin Smith is the wild card as the burner started camp on the PUP list, recovering from an ACL tear.

EA: Hard to say after four days of camp. Jordan Jenkins has an opportunity to start immediately at outside linebacker and WR Jalin Marshall has obviously impressed a few veterans on offense.

EA: Good question. **Since entering the league, Forté has averaged nearly eight TDs per season (45 Rush & 19 Receiving) and he has reached 1,000 yards rushing in five of eight seasons. Forté has also averaged 61 receptions per season. After he returns from his hamstring injury, I don't think he will have any problem fitting in at all. I think the 30-year-old is on a mission and Powell has had a strong camp. In just 11 games last year, Powell had 47 receptions and he averaged 4.5 yards per carry. I don't play fantasy – they both provide value there though.

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