The NFL regular season is now over so I thought it would be a good idea to do a Jets season recap before getting into all of the offseason content. Overall it was not a good year but there were some positives, negatives, and key takeaways to recap.
There was not much good from the New York Jets this year but the good that we saw might be all that matters in the long run. The Jets 2021 draft class looked to have multiple long-term starters. Alijah Vera-Tucker played great at left guard all year and had multiple games with PFF grades over 90.0. Elijah Moore had 538 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns in only 11 games played. Michael Carter had 964 yards from scrimmage and 4 touchdowns in only 14 games played. This is without even mentioning Micheal Carter II, who looks like the slot corner of the future. Brandin Echols and Jamien Sherwood also showed flashes throughout the year.
Zach Wilson had a rough start but progressed throughout the year despite a lot of his supporting cast getting injured. Wilson finished the last 5 games without an interception which showed his progression. Some other guys players who had better than expected years are George Fant, Quincy Williams, Morgan Moses, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Braxton Berrios, and Bryce Hall.
It was yet again another bad year for the New York Jets. They finished the year 4-12 and will be picking top 5 in the NFL draft another year. An argument can be made that the worst from the Jets season was the injuries. It seemed like the Jets finally got a good edge rusher until Carl Lawson got hurt the second week of preseason and set a bad tone for the Jets. The injuries did not stop there as Lamarcus Joyner, Mekhi Becton, Corey Davis, Marcus Maye, Elijah Moore, Michael Carter, and even Zach Wilson would also miss extended time.
Besides the injuries, there were still some disappointing things about this team. The defensive line was not as effective as we hoped even without Lawson. Pretty much the whole defense besides the young group of corners was not up to the expectations.
Unlike the 2021 draft class, the 2020 class had almost no impact. Mekhi Becton was injured in the first game and was expected to come back after eight weeks but never made it back on the field. Denzel Mims could barely see the field and Ashtyn Davis could not take advantage of a beat-up safety group.
As I mentioned this season was overall pretty bad but the good that did come from it might be all that matters. It seems like Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh know how to draft together and the Jets have no shortage of picks to add to that group. The young players seem to be bought into Saleh and the rest of the Jets coaching staff.
This is a huge offseason for the entire Jets organization. They have plenty of money to spend and draft picks to use. Heading into Zach Wilson’s second year they have to do everything they can to help him and the team succeed.
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