Behind Enemy Lines: New York Jets

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New York Jets

Jets head coach Adam Gase was the former Miami Dolphins head coach who was fired after 3 seasons in Miami. I actually like Adam Gase but felt he lacked the maturity to be a HC and it showed in Miami. I do think as he matures he will eventually be a very good HC and he might be turning that corner in New York. The Jest have structured things around Adam Gase that can lead to success and when you hear no noise coming from the Jets camp that is a good thing.

The New York Jets are the unknown of the division, they have the talent to win the division but under their young head coach they underachieved last year ending with a 7-9 record . In fact HC Adam Gase was under fire when they became the first team our Dolphins beat to gain their first win of the 2019 season. They turned things around by winning 6 of their last 8 games of the season.

Sam Darnald was part of the QB class taken high in the 2018 NFL draft, four taken in the first round. In fact Darnald was the 2nd QB taken behind Baker Mayfield  followed by Josh Rosen & Lamar Jackson.

Sam Darnald has shown steady progress from his rookie season and is giving the Jets confidence moving forward with him as their QB of the future. He is in good hands with Adam Gase as his head coach often considered a QB whisperer. Where they will end up in the division is anybody’s guess. I do feel they will be competitive but coaching will be the difference and  I just am not sold on Adam Gase as head coach.

Off Season Moves

Notable Free Agent Departures: QB Trevor Siemian, WR Robby Anderson (Panthers), WR Demaryius Thomas, OT Ryan Kalil, OT Kelvin Beachum, LB Brandon Copeland (Patriots) CB Darryl Roberts (Lions) CB Maurice Canady (Cowboys)

Free Agency Additions

*The Jets re-signed a lot of their own free agents this off-season to one year deals in many cases.

Losing WR Robbie Anderson was a blow but signing former first-round pick WR Breshad Perriman to a one year free agent contract helps mitigate the loss of Anderson. Re-signing a lot of their in house free agents shows they liked the roster they had and with most of the deals being one year contracts it provides incentives for future work as these players need to prove their worth for the Jets or a future team.

The 2020 NFL Draft Class

  • Round 1, pick 11: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
  • Round 2, pick 59: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
  • Round 3, pick 68: Ashtyn Davis, S, California
  • Round 3, pick 79: Jabari Zuniga, DE, Florida
  • Round 4, pick 120: Lamical Perine, RB, Florida
  • Round 4, pick 125: James Morgan, QB, Florida International
  • Round 4, pick 129: Cameron Clark, OT, UNC Charlotte
  • Round 5, pick 158: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
  • Round 6, pick 191: Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M

The Jets had a very good draft getting one of the top rated OT’s in the draft to protect their young franchise QB and followed that move up by taking the best player available at a position of need when it was their turn, WR Denzel Mims, from Baylor. They seemed to target positions of need a style of draft I like better than just taking the BPA without taking need into account. Plug your holes first! Grade A

They may start out being lumped in with Miami as the two teams fighting for the bottom of the AFC East and just like Miami can surprise everybody in competing for the AFC title.

It’s that close in the AFC East!

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