This is now Sam Darnold's team. The Jets have former Denver starter Trevor Siemian in camp as well as former Giants back up Davis Webb and draftee Luke Falk, from Washington State. So, this gives them a nice balance and depth - not not that spectacular. Darnold still has a learning curve, so we're not ready to overestimate his abilities yet.
With the blockbuster offseason move to he L'Veon Bell along with incumbent Bilal Powell, it gives the Jets a strong 1-2 punch. Both are durable, but there is not much experience beyond them.
Protection & Blocking
This unit is a mix of veterans with some young blood. Not a particularly intimidating unit, but they should be helped if Darnold continues to develop and the running game can force defenses to respect the run.
Robbie Anderson and Enuwa are the incumbents here, but this is a WR corps by committee. They will need to find their game breaker in here to open up the running game, but they are a functional unit that can give Darnold some targets to work with.
Big Play Ability
Red Zone Success
Skills Analysis Notes
The Jets should be a fast offense overall, so it will force teams to respect their speed. But consistency was a problem with a rookie QB, so they will need to make some progress in that area. If they can get into the red zone, Bell and Powell should be able to turn more of those trips into touchdowns.
This is the strength of the defense. Leonard Williams is an All-Pro player and top pick Quinnen Williams will be a strong complement. There is enough depth here where they should be a solid unit. Can use another pass rusher though..
This is probably the thinnest unit on the Jets defense. CJ Mosley is their signature player, but it thins out after that Neville Hewitt who came over from Miami last year should get a shot to start this year, but generally most of the LB 2-deep is up for grabs.
Adams is an All Pro safety and coming into his own. The CBs are decent, but unspectacular. They will keep the Jets in games, but can be vulnerable to big plays - particularly against New England.
Passing Game Defense
Stopping the Run
Controlling Field Position
Stopping The Big Play
Skills Analysis Notes
This is a competitive defense and will keep the Jets in games. If the offense can show consistency, this unit is good enough to win games and maybe challenge for a wildcat spot. They are nto going to make the Patriots shake in their boots yet...
Special Teams and Coaching
Overall Unit Analysis
Cantazaro is dependable, can get inconsistent. Punting can use some upgrades.
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
This is now Adam Gase's team. He is a good coach but got run out of Miami. He will be looking to redeem himself in Round 2 of his career.
Overall Team Grade
The roster is decent and has enough firepower to win games. The defense is strong enough to keep them in games too. If they can put it all together they should win some close games. The Season will all depend on whether Darnold continues to improve or hits a sophomore slump.
Last season, did the team meet your expectations?
Slightly Under-performed Expectations
The Jets should be able to challenge for the wild card slot, although they will be facing an uphill battle given the strength of other AFC teams. If they can pull out a few close games, they can make a run this year. Jets fans should have a bit more hope this year over previous seasons, but let's not get too excited yet. Getting out of the Top 5 picks in the 2020 draft will be an accomplishment.