New York Jets fans have experienced years of up and down play, but things seem to be on the upswing. Despite the fact that there were signs of success in the 10-6 season three years ago, nothing else was to come from that year besides a winning record.
The last time the Jets had seen the playoffs was during the Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan days nearly 10 years ago. This was also the last time the Jets had a winning record until 2015. Now we have seen two 5-11 records in a row and patience is running out for everyone. The amount of rebuilds for the Jets in the off-season are more than anyone can count, and we all ask ourselves – what makes this rebuild so special?
All of the pieces on offense are coming together:
The quarterback situation has been taken care of, with Sam Darnold showing signs of improvement, and Teddy Bridgewater bringing competition to the table, as well as his talent. His overall record as a starter is 17-11, and was on the verge of showing out on the Vikings before he tore his ACL in a practice drill in 2016. Now he has overcome adversity and is ready to play football again, something that I know I am looking forward to.
The running game has been addressed, signing Isiah Crowell and Thomas Rawls along with the reliable 3rd down back Bilal Powell who always seems to make plays for gang green. This running game could shape up to be a good one with two hard runners and one versatile shifty spread back. Not to mention the amount of space for the wide receiver core who is all together healthy now! Each receiver showing they can go out there and snag the football and now each are united to become one of the most underrated receiving cores in football.
Jermaine Kearse, Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and the new addition of Terrell Pryor should make this Jets offense one to watch in this upcoming season. The offensive line used to be the foundation, but it can be addressed in the next draft and the next free agency.
Look out for the Jets’ defense!
It seems as if it’s going to be restricted air space for years to come for this Jets Secondary, with Claiborne resigned, as well as picking up Trumaine Johnson, the best corner in free agency this year. And how can I not mention the two stud safeties in Jamaal Adams and Marcus Maye, as well as the hitstick power of JJ Wilcox.
The defensive line may have appeared to have taken a hit with the loss of Muhammad Wilkerson, but it was for the best. It made little sense to pay up for a player who no longer wanted to be there, no matter how good he was. With that being said, there is still standout defensive end Leonard Williams and defensive tackle Steve McLendon. And maybe if we’re lucky, the Jets could possibly get some upside from third round draft choice Nathan Shepherd.
Bowles is ready!
Just signed through 2020, Bowles finally has the secondary he dreamed of. Being able to run the team the way he wants to; I know the fourth has passed, but we should see some more fireworks this season come September.