Last season Sam Darnold had an inconsistent rookie season. From the first snap of the 2018 season, there were initial growing pains, but as the season progressed, he developed into a passer who excels at the intermediate-range and utilizing his superb vision. However, new head coach Adam Gase will need to improve Darnold's decision making and work on his deep passing accuracy.
The addition of Le'Veon Bell will greatly benefit Sam Darnold's development because Bell is a 3-down back who is extremely versatile. He excels running in between the tackles due to his excellent vision and has the route-running skills and hands necessary to be the NFL's best pass-catching RB. Plus, his ability as a blocker will help mitigate the Jets porous offensive line.
Protection & Blocking
Last season, the New York Jets were below average when it came to pass protection, and were one of the leagues worst teams in terms of run blocking. They did attempt to fix the OL by adding Kelechi Osemele, but after Osemele's horrendous 2018 season, it's unlikely that this team will improve much.
The Jets' overall WR corps is pretty underwhelming, but there are some diamonds in the rough. Robby Anderson, Quincy Enumwa, and Jamison Crowder have the potential to be a formidable corps that can stretch the field, and work well in the slot.
Skills Analysis Notes
The New York Jets are a team that has a lot of speed at the WR position, and Le'Veon Bell and Robby Anderson are legitimate big-play threats. However, the team's offense is average at best due to the OL and inefficiency in the red-zone
The DL struggled to rush the passer and ranked 19th when it came to opposing rushing yards/carry. These issues mostly pertained to the edge rushers, as the Jets defensive interior did a modest/good job at stopping the run in 2018.
After trading Darron Lee to the Chiefs, the Jets two best LBs will be C.J. Mosley and Avery Williamson. Due to Gregg Williams' previous defensive schemes, it can be assumed that Mosley and Williamson will be tasked with blitzing and consistently rushing the passer, which is an area where neither LB excels.
Jamal Addams and Marcus Maye are a great safety duo in coverage and stopping the run. However, cornerback Trumaine Johnson is inconsistent, and the Jets lack a capable #2 CB.
Controlling Field Position
Skills Analysis Notes
With the addition of C.J. Mosley, the Jets defense will excel at stopping the run but will struggle to rush the passer.
Special Teams and Coaching
Overall Unit Analysis
With Jason Myers gone, the Jets will likely see a drop off in field goal efficiency, but Chandler Catanzaro is likely to be effective enough. However, after the Jets let the NFL's best return man leave in free agency, it is unlikely what to expect this year.
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
It will be interesting to see how Adam Gase develops Sam Darnold in his sophomore season. With a limited WR corps and underwhelming OL, it will be difficult for Gase to put Darnold in a good position to succeed, but he should be able to put together a good scheme to maximize his intermediate-range accuracy.
This Jets team is one of the most intriguing in the NFL. This year will be paramount to Sam Darnold's development as a passer, and Adam Gase has a lot of work to do to prove that he is a legitimate offensive genius in the NFL. Likewise, after being ousted in Cleveland, Gregg Williams will need to bring discipline and a brilliant scheme to the Jets in order to minimize their weaknesses at cornerback, while continuing to emphasize rushing the passer and stopping the run.
Last season, did the team
meet your expectations?
Due to their lack of explosive playmakers and a formidable offensive line, the Jets will be an inconsistent team offensively. Darnold will improve as a passer, but he won't be able to do enough to make up for the OL's struggles because of his difficulty of dealing with pressure. Likewise, Bell will make the most of what the OL gives him, and mitigates their shortcomings, but he will struggle to break 1,000 rushing yards. On the defensive end, the Jets will be more intimidating and successfully stop opposing rushers, however, looks to have difficulty accumulating sacks. As a result, opposing QBs should look to stay relatively clean unless Gregg Williams can compose a compelling defensive playbook. The overall Achilles heel for this defense will be the corner position, as Trumaine Johnson has struggled to stay healthy and consistent throughout his career, and the Jets lack another cornerback to cover the other side of the field.