NFL teams are in the midst of training camp and the NFL preseason has begun. So what do we expect from the New York Jets in 2017?
It’s safe to say we’re not shy when it comes to getting you ready for the upcoming NFL season. Since March, we have strung together four different series in preparation for the fall. We just concluded looking at all 32 teams’ most improved area. That was preceded by pieces on a club’s best offseason addition, some facts, figures and feats for each squad, as well as an up-and-coming player for each roster.
So call this one for the thumb. With the regular-season rapidly approaching, we’ll take a look at what we could expect from each team. Every team wants to win the Super Bowl. However, 31 teams will obviously be disappointed. So we’re taking a look at all 32 clubs (in original 2017 draft order) and doing a little analysis. We’ve previously looked at the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Los Angeles Rams. So what will we see from Todd Bowles’ New York Jets this season?
If it could go wrong this past season, it did for the New York Jets. Now due to the team’s offseason releases of center Nick Mangold, cornerback Darrelle Revis, wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, as well as productive inside linebacker David Harris, this upcoming year has all the makings of a massive overhaul. And to think this was a 10-6 squad in 2015.
Journeyman Josh McCown gets the nod at quarterback, but will we actually see a lot of youngsters Bryce Petty and 2016 second-rounder Christian Hackenberg. The new top dog at wideout is Quincy Enunwa, who suffered a neck injury at a recent scrimmage. And how much does running back Matt Forte have left in the tank.
On defense the line is loaded with Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and emerging Leonard Williams. General manager Mike Maccagnan used the team’s first two picks in April on safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye and the early returns have been pretty good.
It sounds very cliché, but in this instance the quarterback status for the New York Jets is more than crucial. In 2015, all went well with Fitzpatrick. This past season, his late arrival and those defensive issues made for some ugly performances. Unfortunately, even if the New York Jets get their act together on one side of the ball, the uncertainty behind center is a major problem. And unfortunately for Bowles, the playmakers on offense are few and far between. Three or four wins appear to be in the cards.