- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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The rebuilding New York Jets could start four, maybe five rookies on opening day -- a rarity in Jets history.
Quarterback Geno Smith, fullback Tommy Bohanon, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and cornerback Dee Milliner (if healthy) are expected to have starting roles. If Brian Winters gets the call at left guard, the Jets could have their version of the Fab Five.
The last time the Jets started five rookies on opening day? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it occurred in 1976. The rookies were linebacker Steve Poole, linebacker Greg Buttle, linebacker Bob Martin, running back Louie Giammona and defensive back Shafer Suggs. The team finished 3-11.
The last time they started four rookies was in 1979: linebacker Stan Blinka, guard Eric Cunningham, defensive back Donald Dykes and defensive tackle Marty Lyons. That team went 8-8.
Wonder if Walt Michaels preached "competition" way back then.