New York Jets 2017 Preview
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The New York Jets have won a combined 19 games the last three years and have not made the playoffs since the 2010 season. Few fan bases are as vocal and passionate than the Jets, so there’s without question pressure on coach Todd Bowles to show some sort of light at the end of the tunnel in his third season with the franchise. The problem is there's a ceiling on what you can do with a team that doesn't have a quarterback.
Can the Jets have a turnaround season after just five wins a year ago?
Here’s the New York Jets 2017 NFL preview.
Key Player Losses: The Jets say goodbye to two quarterbacks in Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith, a duo that clearly had no future in New York and combined for 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions last season. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall is now with the New York Giants after almost 2,300 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns in two years with the Jets. The Jets also end an era by releasing offensive lineman Nick Mangold, who played for the Jets for a decade and started 154 games. Defensively, safety Marcus Gilchrist and cornerback Darrelle Revis are still free agents. Gilchrist had 55 tackles last season and Revis is a HOF corner who may be a shell of himself now at almost 32 years old. Kicker Nick Folk is now in Tampa Bay after seven seasons with the Jets and making 81.3 percent of his field goals for his career.
Key Player Additions: The Jets try and bolster the offensive line by bringing in tackle Kelvin Beachum, who has started 54 games in his career. Almost 38-year-old quarterback Josh McCown comes over from Cleveland and could be the Jets starter given the lack of depth at the QB position. Cornerback Morris Claiborne comes over from the Cowboys and has 151 tackles, four interceptions and 27 pass deflections under his belt. The Jets also sign kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who made 84.8 percent of his kicks in three years with the Arizona Cardinals.
Draft: Jamal Adams is a safety who is polished enough to be thrown into a starting role and become one of the top players on this Jets defense. Adams is an athletic player who can help against the run and be physical in coverage. Marcus Maye is another good safety who covers a lot of ground and doesn't mind getting dirty in run support. Wide receiver ArDarius Stewart has some decent speed and can contribute on special teams, making him a third rookie contributor. Chad Hansen is a reliable wide receiver with above-average hands and plays the game hard. Tight end Jordan Leggett fills an area of need and has shown flashes of what he can do after the catch. Dylan Donahue is a hard worker at the defensive end position and Elijah McGuire is a playmaking running back who could be a steal if he can stay healthy. Jeremy Clark is a versatile defensive back coming off an ACL injury and Derrick Jones has experience at corner and wide receiver.
Outlook: The Jets have a respectable defense that plays hard and keeps them in games. For the amount of time this unit was on the field last year, the Jets still held four teams to 17 or less points. So, there’s some hope heading into the upcoming year. The point where you cringe is when you see Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg are the Jets quarterback options. No, no and no. The Jets also lost their top receiving option in Marshall and still have a 31-year-old Matt Forte as their leading running back. It’s just all bad offensively and that's the reason the Jets will struggle all season long and will be lucky to top last year's win total. Nothing to see here until the Jets get a quarterback.
Sep. 10 at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM
Sep. 17 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 PM
Sep. 24 Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM
Oct. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM
Oct. 8 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM
Oct. 15 New England Patriots 1:00 PM
Oct. 22 at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM
Oct. 29 Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM
Nov. 2 Buffalo Bills (Thu) 8:25 PM
Nov. 12 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM
Nov. 19 BYE
Nov. 26 Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM
Dec. 3 Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 PM
Dec. 10 at Denver Broncos 4:05 PM
Dec. 17 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM
Dec. 24 Los Angeles Chargers 1:00 PM
Dec. 31 at New England Patriots 1:00 PM