New York Jets: Taking Flight Into 2020 Training Camp
The New York Jets could be one of the worst teams in football this season. They have a lot of issues right now and that is one of the reasons why they traded safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks.
Is Adam Gase the right man for the head coaching job? What will the roster look like this season?
Sam Darnold will be the starting quarterback. He is the heart and soul of this football team. Darnold is the engine and they were lost without him last season when he missed time with mono.
Le’Veon Bell will be the starting running back. Bell did not have a strong year last season after coming over from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Frank Gore will be the second running back on the roster. Trenton Cannon, rookie Lamical Perine, Kenneth Dixon, and Josh Adams will compete for the other two running spots on the roster though.
Trevon Wesco will be the full back.
Sam Darnold lost his top target Robbie Anderson in the offseason. Breshad Perriman, rookie Denzel Mims, and Jamison Crowder will be the starting wide receivers. Mims was the 60th overall pick (second-round selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft out of The University of Baylor.
Josh Doctson, Josh Malone, Braxton Berrios, Vyncint Smith, Jehu Chesson, Jeff Smith, and rookies Lawrence Cager, and George Campbell will compete for the other three spots at the wide receiver position on the roster though.
Rookie Mekhi Becton will be the starting left tackle, Alex Lewis will be the starting left guard, Connor McGovern will be the starting center, Brian Winters will be the starting right guard, and Chuma Edoga will be the starting right tackle.
General Manager Joe Douglass did a very good job at drafting and signing free agents on the offensive line this offseason though. Becton was the 11th overall pick (first-round selection) out of Louisville.
George Fant, rookie Cameron Clark, Jonotthan Harrison, Ben Braden, Greg Van Rotten, James Murray, rookie Jared Hilbers, and Conor McDermott will be some of the key backups on this offensive line though.
Gregg Williams is the defensive coordinator on this football team though. They play a 3-4 defensive scheme. Quinnen Williams, Steve McLendon, and Henry Anderson will be the starters up front. Kyle Phillips, Folorunso Fatukasi, and Nathan Shepherd will be the backups on this roster though on the defensive line.
James Burgess, Avery Williamson, and Tarell Basham will be the backups on the roster though. Neville Hewitt, Patrick Onwuasor, Ahmad Gooden, B.J. Bello, and rookie Bryce Huff will look to snag a roster spot or two on the roster though.
Pierre Desir, Arthur Maulet, and Brian Poole will be the top three cornerbacks on this roster. The other cornerbacks that will compete for the fourth and fifth spots on the roster are Nate Hairston, Quincy Wilson, rookie Javelin Guidry, Bennett Jackson, Blessuan Austin, rookie Lamar Jackson, and Anthony Cioffi.
Jackson was an undrafted free agent out of The University of Nebraska though.
Marcus Maye and Bradley McDougald will be the starting safeties. McDougald was acquired in the trade Jamal Adams trade though. The Seattle Seahawks sent them a first-round pick in 2021 and in 2022. They also sent them a third-round pick in 2021. The New York Jets also sent Seattle a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft though.
Rookie Ashtyn Davis and Matthias Farley will be the backup safeties. He was the 68th overall pick (third-round selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft out of The University of California. Davis has the potential to be a stud on defense and on special teams though.
Rookie Braden Mann will be the starting punter. He was a sixth-round selection (191st overall pick) in the 2020 NFL Draft. Mann went to Texas A &amp; M University.
Braxton Berrios and Jamison Crowder will be the punt returners though.
Vyncint Smith will be the kickoff returner though.
The New York Jets also have a couple of COVID-19 players in rookies Shyheim Carter and Bryce Hall. Carter is a defensive back from The University of Alabama. Hall is a cornerback from The University of Virginia and he was a fifth-round pick (158th overall selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft though.
This team could finish in last place this season with the New England Patriots, the Buffalo Bills, and the Miami Dolphins around though. They will win no more than six or seven games this season though.
The New York Jets will open the season on the road on Sunday September 13th against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field in Buffalo, New York, with kickoff set for 1 p.m. Eastern on CBS.
New York will have their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday September 20th at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with kickoff set for 1 p.m. Eastern on FOX.
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