New York Jets unveil captains for the 2020 season

With takeoff scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, the New York Jets revealed their 2020 captains on Wednesday.

The New York Jets unveiled their 2020 captains on Wednesday. Two men will each represent the offense and defense, while one more will lead the special teams unit.

Offense: QB Sam Darnold

Year three of Darnold’s Jets tenure will be his second year with the “C” patch. The 23-year-old previously held such honors in college at USC. Darnold has tallied an 11-16 record as an NFL starter thus far (including 7-6 last season) and has thrown for 5,889 yards and 36 touchdowns since his fateful New York entry in the 2018 Draft.

Offense: T George Fant

The veteran newcomer Fant is expected to be part of the Jets’ offensive line revolution. He’s the only fresh arrival to earn a patch, having spent the last four years in Seattle. Fant’s NFL journey is perhaps the perfect story for a young squad like the Jets. He entered the league undrafted out of Western Kentucky and his since transformed into a reliable blocking prescience.

Defense: S Marcus Maye

It’s about to be a big year for a certain New York safety that emerged from an SEC school and was drafted in 2017. Yes, Jamal Adams has (very publicly) moved onto Seattle, but Maye now takes over as the leader in the secondary in a contract year. It’s quite a comeback for Maye, who worked through a full season after missing ten games in 2018 due to injury. His Jets career has seen 178 tackles and four interceptions so far.

Defense: DL Steve McLendon

McLendon’s mere experience alone perhaps made him a shoo-in for captaincy honors. At 11 NFL seasons and counting (free agent arrivals Frank Gore and Joe Flacco are the only Jets with more tenure), McLendon, 34, is by far the most experienced green returnee. He has likewise risen from the ranks of the undrafted, spending seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before changing addresses in 2016. This will be McLendon’s third year as a defensive captain.

Special Teams: S Matthias Farley

Yet another player who didn’t hear his name called at his respective draft, Farley has become a favorite of coordinator Brant Boyer for his special teams prowess. The 28-year-old Notre Dame alum played 13 games in New York last season after three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, picking up 188 tackles with a horseshoe on his helmet.

The Jets open their 2020 season on Sunday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

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New York Jets Sign Matthias Farley

As cut day looms the New York Jets added a very talented player who could immediately play a big role on the team. Jets fans, meet Matthias Farley.

Introducing Matthias Farley

Farley is a 27-year-old safety from Notre Dame. Farley was undrafted and ultimately signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Farley was apart of the squad for the preseason but was released in September of 2016.

Chuck Pagano and the Indianapolis Colts waited about one day before they picked up the young free safety. He immediately became their number 3 free safety on their team. He ended up finishing the year not playing a lot but getting 4 tackles.

He did enough to impress the powers that be as he was rewarded with a much larger role in 2017. In 2017, Farley had 95 tackles, 4 TFLs, 1 FF, 1 FR, 2 INTs and 9 Pass Deflections. Farley lit it up and proved he had a lot of talent. He started every single game but one.

In 2018, despite being made the backup to Clayton Geathers and being put in a much smaller role, he had a solid start. However, he was shut down after the 5th game due to shoulder, wrist and groin issues. He ultimately finished with 1 INT, 1 FF, 1 Pass Deflection and 19 tackles. His performance ultimately wasn’t enough to grant him another year, instead, he was handed his walking papers.

Welcome To NY

Now, Matthias joins the New York Jets and will likely be given a decent sized role. The Jets can use him in many ways but he can really be a great backup to the injury plagued Marcus Maye. Where will that put Veterans Rontez Miles and Doug Middleton now becomes the question. One thing is for sure, Joe Douglas is already using his number three waiver slot to land solid players, and that is a good sign.