Face it, Coples is an OLB, and that's not going to change any time soon. With brand new systems in place, the coaches are using the preseason to get players up to speed for the regular season. They are not going to waste this precious time to conduct an experiment or as some sort of deception tactic. It would be a different story if there was an established system, coach, and players in place for multiple years. With that being said, Coples is at his best with his hand in the dirt, so that's where I expect him to be much of the time. Either way, this will be Coples' last year here. He's a decent player, but his motor sucks. I believe the new regime will be moving on when he becomes a FA after this season. Davis doesn't have any motor issues, but his instincts aren't great. Both players will be starters in 2015, but there is no guarantee either of them are here long term. Davis has a better chance to stick around after this year because he'll still be on his rookie contract.
This is good news because the NFL is not backing down from their ruling and subsequent punishment, which is Brady's only realistic chance of getting a reduced suspension. I would be absolutely shocked if a federal judge overturns the punishment handed down by a private entity such as the NFL which was made in accordance with a legally binding CBA.
At this stage in his career, Smith's main role will be to stretch the field while Marshall and Decker work the underneath and intermediate routes. According to reports, he was playing well early in camp, and I personally think he'll carve out a nice role in the offense by the middle of the season. His game is going to become more refined as he gains more experience and adjusts to the speed of the NFL. There were a large number of rookie wide receivers that had a big impact on their teams last year, and a handful of them were injured at the start of the season as well. In my opinion, Smith has the talent to continue the trend and make an impact this year.
I'm expecting the Jets to be in the 20-24 point range, but I think there is potential to be even better. I think the Jets will be able to move the ball fairly well on the backs of Marshall, Decker, and Ivory regardless of the quarterback. People tend to focus on the high number of turnovers in recent years, but another big factor in the lack of offensive production has been poor performance in the red zone. In the past couple of years, the Jets actually did a decent job of moving the ball down the field, but their drives always sputtered once they reached the red zone. If Gailey and Fitzpatrick can improve the red zone efficiency (converting TDs instead of settling for FGs, not taking awful 3rd down sacks which take them out of FG range, etc.), I think this offense will be better than people expect.
The ability to hide avatars would be great. This feature was not available previously, and I was hoping the upgrade to the new software would add this functionality. I know there are many users who visit this site at work during working hours, and unfortunately there are a few heavy volume regular posters with avatars that are NSFW.
Milliner has a ton of talent, but he's made of glass. It was the case in college, and it has continued in the pros. Some people just don't have the physical stature and stamina to play football at the highest levels.
If it's so inconsequential, then why do it at all and risk getting caught/exposed?
Personally, I think the Pats are going to move on from this ordeal and continue being one of the best teams in the league. However, that doesn't mean that properly inflated footballs won't impact their rate of turnovers from a high level.
Coples is a very talented player who flashes dominance at times, but he's missing a good motor. He simply disappears for long stretches far too often. It was one of his biggest criticisms coming into the pros, and it's proven to be true thus far.