I know this may surprise you since they stunk so bad last year, but the 5-11 2017 New York Jets actually exceeded expectations! They went over their Vegas projected win total and had a lot of young players show stuff that made Jets fans very happy. Going into the offseason, there was some actual optimism from Jets fans, and in my (and many experts!) opinion the Jets have had a fantastic spring. Let’s start with free agency:
For starters, the Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater to a one year non-guaranteed deal. I really liked this signing. There really isn’t that much risk involved here since after training camp no money is guaranteed. If Teddy is healthy he can still be a legit NFL QB, and if healthy I think he will be the week 1 starter for the Jets. They also resigned Josh McCown for a year. It was kind of necessary to do this before the draft and also with Teddy’s health concerns, we needed somebody to fall back on. But 5 million guaranteed seems a tad bit much for Josh. At times he was better than horrible last year, but I feel like you could find somebody equally productive for less.
They also signed Isaiah Crowell and Terrelle Pryor as skill position additions. Pryor being a big play option next to the now healthy Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, and Jermaine Kearse. Then Crowell and Elijah McGuire being a 1-2 punch in the backfield will be very interesting. If Crowell was productive in Cleveland, then he can be productive anywhere. Their last big offensive signing will helpfully help those guys. With Nick Mangold retiring it’s time for a new Jets center to make his mark, so they signed Spencer Long. Long has had an up and down injury ridden career, but if healthy will be a very serviceable center.
On defense, the signings were even better. Their big signing was Trumaine Johnson. They slightly overpaid for him, but he is the CB the Jets have been looking for since Revis left. They also signed Morris Claiborne to play across from Johnson, who at his peak could be the Cromartie to Johnson’s Revis. The Jets also signed Avery Williamson to play inside linebacker next to Darron Lee. Avery Williamson in a perfect world is an even more talented David Harris. Hopefully this young defense can mesh together and become a Jets defense of old.
Now, let’s get to the draft.
Well we obviously have to start with the trade that took place before the draft began. The Jets traded their number six pick, two second round picks, and a future pick to move up three spots for the number 3 pick. Alllll of the haters came out and said “haha same old Jets!” “wow the Jets are always gonna Jets!!” “lmao fuck you Blake!!!!”
Well,,,, hello haters
Basically the whole year Sam Darnold was the consensus number one overall pick in the draft. As some people may know I thought the Jets were locked in on Baker Mayfield. But in a shocking move the Browns snatched Baker at 1, which left the golden boy available for the Jets at number three… and did we ever pull the trigger.
The Jets went on to take Nathan Shepard in the third round, a mid-major DL who looks like an absolute tank from all the film I’ve seen. Then in the late rounds they filled a huge need at TE with Chris Herndon from Miami, along with some raw defensive prospects in Parry Nickerson, CB from Tulane, and Folorunso Fatukasi, an absolute TANK DL from UCONN, with an all time football guy name. With their last pick the Jets made an exciting pick in RB Trenton Cannon from Virginia State. He obviously didn’t play great competition in college, but all the tape I’ve seen on him shows that he is a pass catcher out of the backfield, and can break open huge plays when he has open space.
Now I know what you’re thinking… with this apparently “historically bad” trade up from 6 to 3 and drafting a TE and some mid major guys, this must have been a bad draft for the Jets right? Well I’m no expert, I’m a common fan just like you. So let’s see what the experts had to say.
“A+,” “elite,” and “best” all seem like pretty positive terms to me. We must’ve done something right.
However, Las Vegas did not agree with Todd McShay. They set the 2018 win totals after the draft and put the Jets third lowest at 6 flat. Now if your a Jets fan please stop reading,,,,,,,,,, *whispers* “six wins seems fair.”
However, what I do have a problem with is being the third lowest total in the league. I think it’s possible the Jets finish 6-10 or 7-9 next year as these pieces learn to play together, but I will guarantee they will not be in the bottom three teams in the league. That is absolute garbage, rubbish, and it’s not true. I will be pounding that over anyways and I invite you all to join me.
I’ll have a full Jets season preview coming before the season starts, but for now let’s try to be optimistic about what could be in 2018.
He was doing charity work his first day in New York!!! What a man.
Sam fucking Darnold moves my needle.