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Buster Skrine: Jets have players to compete

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We haven’t reached the point of the offseason when it is time to make predictions about how teams will stack up when the 2017 season comes to an end, but it’s probably fair to say that there aren’t too many people who expect the Jets to be anywhere near the top of the list.

Their offseason has seen several veterans leave the roster as the Jets recalibrate after falling short of the postseason for the sixth straight season. Others might use the word rebuild given how much the team has scaled things back, but cornerback Buster Skrine is not a proponent of using that word.

The roster of a 5-11 team may have been purged of Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis and others, but Skrine says the team still has pieces on hand that lead him to believe they are “going to have a good year.”

“You can’t rebuild in New York,” Skrine said, via ESPN.com. “Because y’all will eat us up,” he said with a smile, alluding to the media. “Ain’t no rebuilding here. It’s getting right to the point. This is a competing team. We still have the players to compete.”

Skrine played for the Browns, so he’s been through roster teardowns in the past and said he trusts coach Todd Bowles and General Manager Mike Maccagnan are “going to make it work” and pointed to an improved atmosphere after things got messy during the 2016 season. That optimism might not be shared by many outside the organization, but Skrine’s not conceding the 2017 season at this point.

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38 Responses to “Buster Skrine: Jets have players to compete”
  1. neil0311 says: Apr 2, 2017 9:58 AM

    Compete? Compete with whom? A Pop Warner team?

    The Jets will be lucky to win 2 games this season. My prediction is 1-15.

  2. cosmicconvoy says: Apr 2, 2017 10:01 AM

    Rich Kotite believed his program was good too

  3. fanfrommontreal says: Apr 2, 2017 10:03 AM

    Yes, and I am the Queen of England.

  4. xofdallas says: Apr 2, 2017 10:05 AM

    Everyone’s an optimist in the offseason.

  5. thrifty says: Apr 2, 2017 10:07 AM

    Yeah, for the first overall pick of the 2018 draft

  6. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says: Apr 2, 2017 10:10 AM

    PED testing…STAT!

  7. sportoficionado says: Apr 2, 2017 10:10 AM

    good for him that he has a great attitude regardless of his team’s position–and really it is the front office with the Jets, some of the most incompetent drafting and FA decisions I’ve witnessed, well since the browns–hopefully, he gets picked up by a team that actually cares about winning, the Jets do not deserve him.

  8. pastabelly says: Apr 2, 2017 10:11 AM

    I want the drug he’s on.

  9. sportzfan says: Apr 2, 2017 10:11 AM

    Fixed the title for you: Jets have players to compete For Finishing Last in the Division

  10. oscarxray says: Apr 2, 2017 10:13 AM

    All is well Jets’ fans.Buster Skrine has spoken.

  11. 6ball says: Apr 2, 2017 10:14 AM

    .
    The Jets have the worst roster in the NFL. They lack overall talent. Their cap dollars are misappropriated. They have no playmakers. Plus, recent drafts have provided little help.

    Last year’s highlight reel showed 53 guys cashing checks.
    .

  12. ajsjr40 says: Apr 2, 2017 10:22 AM

    Maybe in the SEC but definitely not the AFC East.

  13. nynbkfarsuperiorx says: Apr 2, 2017 10:26 AM

    April Fools was yesterday Buster Skrine.

  14. heyguru69 says: Apr 2, 2017 10:30 AM

    Leave her skrine alone!

  15. maust1013 says: Apr 2, 2017 10:32 AM

    They will compete alright, for the number one pick. You wouldn’t want a player on your team that thought they were done before they started either but Skrine obviously hasn’t perused their schedule. Hosting Buffalo, Miami, New England, Kansas City, San Diego, Atlanta, Carolina and Jacksonville. Visiting Bufffalo, Miami, New England, Oakland, Denver, New Orleans, Tampa and Cleveland. They will be lucky to be competitive in more than a couple of those match ups.

  16. bernieknowsfootball says: Apr 2, 2017 10:42 AM

    If only you could compete Buster !!!

  17. monropoobah says: Apr 2, 2017 10:43 AM

    Wait to see how the QB thing settles out. They have lots of young players who could be fun to watch. Not saying I’ll be happy with a 1-15 season but watching players of the future develop could be fun.
    All the young guys will play including the first second and third round picks.

  18. daytontriangles says: Apr 2, 2017 10:51 AM

    The Jets have a chance, and it’s a slim one, to compete for the third spot in the AFC East rankings.

  19. intrafinesse says: Apr 2, 2017 11:05 AM

    Give the Jets a young Joe Montana, Lawrence Taylor, Dion Sanders, Ed Reed, and Jerry Rice and they can compete.

    Just 5 players away …

  20. tylawspick6 says: Apr 2, 2017 11:26 AM

    there you go..the thing is if i was a jets fan, i would
    welcome a rebuild to avoid continued embarrassment

  21. jag1959 says: Apr 2, 2017 11:53 AM

    Skrine spent his first 4 years in Cleveland after going to Chattanooga. Even after 2 years it’s understandable the media here is still overwhelming but they aren’t representative of the fans, he is seriously underestimating what Jets fans will tolerate. Their masochistic tendencies are scary impressive.

  22. thun2der says: Apr 2, 2017 11:53 AM

    All Power Rankings for next season have Pats at #1, and all have the jets at 31 or 32. The universe is aligned correctly

  23. pau49ers says: Apr 2, 2017 11:57 AM

    Jets have players to compete…….. in the CFL.

  24. tunechi90 says: Apr 2, 2017 12:14 PM

    The only players on that team that can compete are Leonard Williams, Bilal Powell, Mo Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Quincy Enunwa & Eric Decker.

    Darron Lee & Hack are TBD.

    Rest of the team is garbage.

  25. tylawspick6 says: Apr 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    if you told a jets fan you could be 9-7, but not worse every year,
    after a 3 year rebuild, they’d be crazy not to want that
    at this point

    they’re just so delusional thinking they can
    be successful with the opposite way the pats
    do it

    the arrogance of thinking they’re above a proper
    teambuild

  26. nyneal says: Apr 2, 2017 1:56 PM

    Yeah, the Jets have the players to compete for the #1 draft pick in next year’s draft.
    It’s bad enough they’re paying their over-rated “D” linemen tons of money, they can’t even get them to show up to team meetings and practice on time.

  27. grogansheroes says: Apr 2, 2017 2:03 PM

    Hey Buster, Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

  28. jchemengr says: Apr 2, 2017 2:19 PM

    I never thought Buster was one of them. If he’s starting for you, you suck.

  29. ack1966 says: Apr 2, 2017 2:24 PM

    glass is half full type of guy, an honest guy would have said hope i don’t get hurt before i can get outta here

  30. j0esixpack says: Apr 2, 2017 2:43 PM

    This was a story from 3/31

    Looks like PFT made a conscious effort not to post it on 4/1

  31. montrealraider says: Apr 2, 2017 3:25 PM

    Like it or not as long ad you dont get the QB situation right you are rebuilding. It doesnt mather if its NY or wherever.

  32. Flash1287 says: Apr 2, 2017 3:56 PM

    Buster Skrine: Jets have players to compete for last place

  33. struckgold49er says: Apr 2, 2017 4:30 PM

    Was he looking in the mirror when made that statement??

  34. murraysons says: Apr 2, 2017 10:00 PM

    At what, XBOX?

  35. yousoldout714 says: Apr 3, 2017 7:52 AM

    I wanna see the “analytics” on the # snaps this guy plays in conjunction with the penalties he commits. My eyes tell me leads the league…..

  36. Akula says: Apr 3, 2017 8:18 AM

    In order for a team to be rebuild they must have been built in the first place. So that does not apply to the Jets.

  37. hehateme2 says: Apr 3, 2017 9:19 AM

    4-12 at best.

  38. nycdf says: Apr 3, 2017 10:10 AM

    What this article fails to mention is that Buster was drunk and incoherent at the time of this interview.

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