The word that defined the Jets during the offseason was "rebuilding" - unless, of course, you were Jets GM Mike Maccagnan. To him, it was all about "competition". And with a roster in flux, he certainly has created a lot of that.
Whether that's a good thing remains to be seen, and depends on the talent he has assembled. He will have plenty of training camp position battles to watch, though.
Here's a quick look at the Top 5:
QUARTERBACK: Josh McCown vs. Christian Hackenberg
It's not really a battle in the strictest sense of the word. It's more Hackenberg vs. himself, because when he's ready, you can be sure the Jets will give him the job. Hackenberg is also battling time because, if he doesn't show something this season, there'll be a new Quarterback of the Future on the roster next spring. Despite the outside view that they're planning to tank this season, though, the Jets don't want to put Hackenberg in until he's really ready. The preseason games - and how he performs vs. how McCown performs - will be key.
OUTLOOK: McCown heads into camp as the starter and will probably be the starter on Opening Day. How long that lasts depends on Hackenberg. Best guess: McCown will hold the job for the first half of the season before the Jets give Hackenberg his shot.
THIRD RECEIVER: Jalin Marshall vs. ArDarius Stewart
The whole receiving corps behind Quincy Enunwa is a blank page now that both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are gone. But let's assume that Enunwa and Robby Anderson will be the starters. Marshall showed enough flashes last season to earn consideration as the third receiver, even though he had only 14 catches for 162 yards. His four-game suspension to start the season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy really hurt his standing, though. It could open the door for Stewart, their third-round pick, assuming he's recovered from offseason thumb and groin surgery.
OUTLOOK: Unless Stewart isn't healthy it'll be hard for Marshall to win this since he can't play a regular-season game until Oct. 8. Stewart is more talented too and probably better suited to playing out of the slot.
RIGHT TACKLE: Brandon Shell vs. Brent Qvale
Shell really showed the Jets something during the final three weeks of last season, and the fifth-round pick from 2016 will likely enter camp as the starter. But the Jets are wary that his performance last year was a small sample size and they haven't given up on Brent Qvale as a potential starter in that spot. The two of them essentially split time at that spot during the spring. And depending on what happens at left tackle, don't rule out this competition expanding to include Ben Ijalana or even Kelvin Beachum. The Jets coaching staff hasn't committed to any alignment and a lot can change this summer.
OUTLOOK: It sure sounds like the Jets want the 6-5, 324-pound Shell to win this job, and it's a good bet he will by the end of the summer.
CORNERBACK: Buster Skrine vs. Juston Burris
Let's face it: Nobody is safe after the disastrous performance by the Jets' secondary last year. Despite being 28 and being owed $6 million in salary, the Jets didn't sweep Skrine out in their offseason cleansing, but the message was clearly sent. He wasn't good last year, and if he doesn't improve and the Jets can find other options, they will move on.
Burris, last year's fourth-round pick, had flashes of goodness last season and really impressed his coaches during the offseason. Defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers even said it was a mistake not to play Burris more last season. That's a pretty telling statement.
OUTLOOK: The statement from Rodgers was pretty clear: Burris will get a chance this year - probably this summer. This could be a heck of a camp battle. Skrine is the favorite but at some point it's clear Burris will be the starter and Skrine will be the third corner.
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER: Lorenzo Mauldin vs. Dylan Donahue
Mauldin has disappointed as a supposed pass-rushing specialist with just 6 ½ sacks in his first two seasons, which led the Jets to start looking around for a replacement. A fifth-round pick like Donahue shouldn't be an immediate threat, but he is. New outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene loves him and everyone was impressed with his speed and energy this spring. Things may be different when the pads come on, and as a former defensive end, Donahue still has a lot to learn about being an NFL linebacker. But he got some first-team reps this spring so it's clear the coaches are looking at him hard.
OUTLOOK: Mauldin will likely win this job, only because Donahue is likely to find it's a big leap from being a DE at West Georgia to being a LB in the NFL. The coaches are intrigued, though, so he will get plenty of opportunities to earn playing time.