4-12, 4th AFC East
Is Sam Darnold The Future? - The word is already out that Sam Darnold is starting Week 1, and Josh McCown will take a back seat. They quickly traded Teddy Bridgewater, so everything is in place for the Jets to move forward with Darnold. He is a strong armed quarterback out of USC, and the Jets favored him heavily in the draft, landing him at pick number three. McCown is a good quarterback to learn from, which might have helped Darnold to sit under him for half a season. New York is throwing him right into the fire, and the success rate of quarterbacks of late have been rather poor.
Are The Jets Committed To Isaiah Crowell? - At age 24, Isaiah Crowell has a few seasons left. He has been playing in Cleveland prior to this season, which is certainly not a place you want to be. The Jets signed him to a three year deal, but he is likely going to be a bridge to when they start putting more in place for a running game. Crowell had a better line in Cleveland, and will move to a team that has failed to develop one over the last few seasons. The Jets backs have been towards the latter halves of their career lately, and while 24 is young, in running back years his days are numbered.
Can The Jets Get Back To Being An Elite Defense? - Todd Bowles is an awesome defensive coach, but the players in place limit him a bit. Avery Williamson was a nice pickup, but against the pass he is a weaker coverage linebacker. Leonard Williams is the lone pass rusher, and when you are the lone pass rusher, things are tough with double teams. Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are two up and coming safeties in the game, and are a very good building block for the future. The corners lack some depth outside of Trumaine Johnson, which will hurt them this year. There are some bright spots, and a few more pieces can get this team back on track.
Do The Jets Have An Underrated WR Core? - If Robby Anderson can stay out of trouble, Anderson is in a good spot to build on his 2017 season. He is an undrafted free agent, and has some very good speed qualifying himself as a deep threat. Last season Quincy Enunwa went under for surgery, after a strong 2016 season. If he is back at full health, he is an excellent WR2 option within this offense. Jermaine Kearse took advantage of volume, going for over 800 yards and five touchdowns. While he is not a premier option, Kearse has emerged as a strong secondary target. These three won’t stand out to many, this is a decent position for Darnold to come into.
Did The Jets Forget About The Offensive Line Need? - For a team that has been adding random skill positions and a potential franchise quarterback, you would think some more planning would go into the offensive line. The Jets have an abysmal line, and names like James Carpenter, Brian Winters, and Brandon Shell grade out as some of the poorer lineman in the game. Spencer Long is an addition, but one man isn’t enough for this line to improve. They will struggle, and because of that surrounding players will too. They are not headed for many wins, so a first round lineman next year is going to be a necessity.