The New York Jets. They are one of those teams that is never great, but never terrible. They have struggled with mediocrity year-after-year, and have been looking for that one star player that can give them that desired “edge” on Sunday.
Jet Nation, it looks like things are starting to go your way. Last year, the Jets made draft headlines by selecting Sam Darnold with the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Robby Anderson continued to make a name for himself as a top receiver in the league, leading the Jets with 752 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Chris Herndon emerged as a reliable receiving option for Darnold, as the tight end caught 39 passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns.
This offseason, the Jets added Le’Veon Bell, who is arguably one of the best running backs in the league, to help boost a running game that was ranked seventh-worst in the league in 2018. In addition to Bell, the Jets helped out their offense additionally by adding running back/wide receiver Ty Montgomery and a reliable center in Ryan Kalil. The Jets helped out their defense by drafting Quinnin Williams with the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and signing a pair of brothers, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley and his younger brother, Alabama linebacker James Mosley.
Bell has not played in two years, so he might show some signs of initial rust. I have no fear, however, that he will return to his Pro Bowl form. Darnold showed that he has the makings of a franchise quarterback last year, and with new (and old) stars on the team, his transition into his sophomore season should be even easier. Mosley was always a force with the Ravens, and I look for him to bring the same X-factor the the Jets. Combining Mosley with Leonard Williams and safety Jamal Adams could prove to be a disruptive force for opposing offenses.
The Jets also have a new coach, Adam Gase. While Gase led the rival Miami Dolphins to their first playoff appearance since 2008, players did not see eye-to-eye with him, which could have been part of his firing, combined with the fact that last year, the Dolphins went 7-9 for their second consecutive losing season. Gase is being given a fresh start though, and is in good position to lead the Jets to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Playing in the same division as the defending Super Bowl Champions is not an easy task. But with Gronkowski retiring and Chris Hogan leaving for Carolina, the Jets have their best chance to win the division in quite some time.
I am not saying that the Jets will win the division, but I think they will at least make the playoffs as a wild card. Gear up, football fans: the New York Jets are about to be a whole different team in 2019.