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Take 5: Ranking the newcomers

By Rich Cimini

Welcome to our first "Take Five" list. From now until training camp, we'll have periodic top-five lists -- some serious, some not-so-serious. For our inaugural list, we'll rank the Jets' top five newcomers in terms of projected impact.

1. Tony Sparano, offensive coordinator -- He steps into one of the toughest coaching/managing jobs in New York. All he has to do is fix Mark Sanchez, manage a potential QB controversy and make sure last season's dysfunctional offense doesn't re-appear. He will change the way the Jets play offense.

2. Yeremiah Bell, safety -- At 34, he's an older version of S LaRon Landry, another newcomer. He probably isn't as talented as Landry at this stage of his career, but Bell gets the No. 2 spot on our list because he's durable -- and Landry isn't. Bell led the Dolphins in defensive snaps last season, according to ProFootballFocus.com, and he'll play a lot for the Jets. Just watch, he'll become a leader on defense. Landry is slated to play a lot, too, but injury issues make him a question mark.

3. Tim Tebow, quarterback -- Obviously, he'll move up if he unseats Sanchez, but we don't see that happening anytime soon. Tebow will see playing time in the wildcat, but don't expect it to be a heavy workload every week. Do you know how many wildcat plays the Dolphins averaged under Sparano? Four per game.

4. Quinton Coples, defensive end -- The Jets' No. 1 pick will start and will be a three-down player, so that immediately qualifies him for our list. He'll have plenty of opportunities to make an impact.

5. Stephen Hill, wide receiver -- It's unusual for a rookie receiver to make an impact, and it'll be harder for Hill because he played in a triple-option offense in college, but he'll see plenty of the field. The reason: Speed. You can't teach a 4.3 40. When the second-round pick is on the field, he'll command respect because of that speed.

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This is interesting to debate. Others to consider:

Dunbar - If he can coach up the D-line to generate pressure without special blitzes, the D as a whole would be scary good.

Landry - Health the obvious concern here, otherwise, he could be a beast in Rex's D.

Davis - Rex has big expectations for this kid. Not unreasonable to expect a few big plays from him this year.

Dave DeGuglielmo - O-line was the weak link last year. This tough SOB has to fix that. If he can return the Jets to a team that dominates the LOS on offense, he could be king.

Hayden Smith - Long shot, and more of a long-term project, but would be awesome if he pans out.

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I'm going to go:

Coples - A pass rusher is what this D needed, and he was the best the offseason had to offer after Mario Williams.

Dunbar - A coup, particularly with the overhauled DL now owning two potential studs in the 22 year old Wilkerson and 21 year old Coples.

Landry - The Jets haven't had a stud safety since 2006 Kerry Rhodes, who turned out to be a woman. Landry doesn't have the range in coverage of an Ed Reed, but he will lay waste to those who come over the middle.

Tebow - Like CTM and others have said, I think his best gift to the franchise will be pushing Sanchez. Should help out the running game as well, and could be an interesting side project as a developmental QB for Cavanaugh.

Hill - Wanted a fresh size/speed freak at WR for years. Hated him as a first round prospect which was the hype going into the draft. Jets got him in the 2nd and gave up what...a 5th? Potential stud who's played in an offense with crappy QBs so he's prepped to be a Jet. Also the whole "unusual for a rookie WR to have an impact" is going to die soon given the need to pass in today's league.

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Sporano would have made it, but the offense needs players more than they need coaches at this point (I do like the Lal hire for WR coach, sleeper move). The best coaches can do is get the OL/running game back into shape, and from there it comes down to Sanchez.

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