New York Jets: Gang Green a Playoff Team in 2019?
The New York Jets are on the rise, but should we consider them a playoff team this season? During this article, we will examine the reasons why they could be.
1) Sam Darnold
There are reasons to love Darnold. First of all, he shows maturity and the ability to make good choices with the football.
However, will he have enough help around him this season? That remains to be seen, but with rumblings that the o-line doesn’t look good and the top receivers being Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder, and Quincy Enunwa, that doesn’t scream big numbers.
Darnold will have the benefit of working with former Steelers back Le’Veon Bell who has dealt with cramps already in training camp after missing all of 2018 because he wanted a better contract. If Bell can’t be an elite performer, then it will be rough sledding for the New York offense.
After tossing 10 interceptions in his first seven starts, Darnold limited that number to five in his final six starts to end the season (four came in a massive clunker versus Miami).
Darnold also logged 2,865 yards through the air and has shown the ability to make big throws.
If the Jets have any hope of reaching the playoffs for the first time in nine years, it’s because of Darnold — who at 22 years old, already looks better than a lot of veterans.
The addition of C.J. Mosley helps give the New York Jets a hard-hitting linebacker who can make plays in the middle of the field.
A six-year pro, Avery Williamson recorded a career-high 80 solo tackles in his first year with the Jets last season and remains a big piece up the middle with Leonard Williams and recently drafted Quinnen Williams upfront.
Gregg Williams joins the Jets as a defensive coordinator and will make that side of the ball more fierce with plenty of attitude.
The first six games of the 2019 season are brutal for the Jets as they will face the Patriots twice, Philly, Dallas, Buffalo, and Cleveland. However, there is a nice stretch where New York will play Jacksonville, Miami twice, the Giants, Washington, Cincinnati, and Oakland — none of those teams made the playoffs last year.
The New York Jets are trending in the right direction and have plenty of reasons to get excited, but if they don’t take advantage of the schedule and talent at their disposal, then they should just get ready for the 2020 campaign.
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