We are nearly three months into the 2017 fiscal year for the National Football League. It’s safe to say we have seen plenty of player movement via free agency and trades. And in late April, a total of 253 players were selected in the NFL draft. So as teams get ready for mini-camps and OTAs, we figured it was a good time to have some fun looking (and learning) at the significant numbers – both in regards to the past and the present – for each of the 32 franchises. You can play catch-up by clicking here. Now it’s time to check out the New York Jets.
After showing massive improvement in 2015 from the previous year in regards to their pass defense, the New York Jets hit the skids in terms of slowing down opposing signal-callers. In ’14, the Green and White surrendered 31 scores through the air and registered only six picks. That changed dramatically one year later thanks to some key free-agent additions, keyed by the return of cornerback Darrelle Revis. New York allowed six fewer touchdown passes (25) and totaled three times as many interceptions (18). But Revis and company allowed too many long strikes. The Jets allowed 30 TD tosses and picked off a disappointing eight passes.
Combine an offseason of discontent when it came to getting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a new contract and the fact that the veteran signal-caller has had an erratic career and the drop-off for both the player and the Jets’ offense was distressing. This past season, Todd Bowles’ team racked up just 275 points and 26 offensive touchdown. This after this same unit reached the end zone 44 times and the team tallied 387 points in 2015. The Jets committed 34 turnovers in ’16, the second-most in the NFL, after coughing up the ball on 24 times one season earlier.
You would think that a defensive line that includes the likes of Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson and talented Leonard Williams would put a lot more heat on opposing offenses. And it sure looked like this would be a front that would create a lot of havoc all season when the club racked up seven sacks in Week 1 – an eventual 23-22 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. But the New York Jets would finish with only 27 QB traps – meaning 20 in the final 15 games of their disappointing 5-11 campaign.