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NFL Preview: Oakland Raiders at New York Jets

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Geno Smith, New York Jets starting quarterback will start his second season  against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.  As a rookie Smith was 8-8  under head coach Rex Ryan. However, this year the Jets brought in veteran Michael Vick to backup Smith and or  takeover should Smith fail.

“Geno started playing quarterback the way you want to play quarterback,” quarterbacks coach David Lee told the Jets’ official website. “He settled. The more he played, the more confidence he got. He’s not cocky, he’s a humble kid, but boy, he’s a confident quarterback right now.”

Eric Decker was brought in as a primary target for Smith from Denver, having made 87 catches and gaining 1288 yards last year with 11 touchdowns. But then again when Peyton Manning is your quarterback things tend to be a little different.

Chris Johnson is out to prove he can still be an elite running back after topping 1,000 yards in each of his six seasons with Tennessee. He joins holdovers Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, who combined for 1,532 yards.

Oakland is wasting  little time starting with a rookie quarterback Derek Carr over veteran Matt Schaub. Carr is chomping at the bit and ready to get going.

“As (offensive coordinator Greg Olson) says, `Don’t let this moment be your best moment as an NFL moment,” said Derek Carr, the only rookie quarterback to be starting in Week 1 this year. “Just being told you’re a starting quarterback and then everything else is downhill after that. We want to make more great moments but it was definitely a great thing. It definitely was.”

Carr headlines an offensive makeover that also includes wide receiver James Jones and running back Maurice Jones-Drew from Green Bay and Jacksonville via free agency. Jones had 123 catches for 1,601 yards with only five drops the last two years for the Packers, but he managed three TDs last season after recording 14 in 2012.

About James Rhodes

James is an American born sports writer that covers all sports and has a passion for football at every level He began his journalism career then and has been published on numerous sports websites and publications

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