NY Jets News: Expectations for second quarter of season


Expectations are high for the NY Jets are the prepare for the second quarter of the season as the next 12 teams they face will surely want to derail their hopes of making the NFL Playoffs.

Sheldon Richardson back with Jets after 4-game suspension by AP News (SI.com)

"Coach announced that Richardson is ”definitely going to play” in New York’s home game against Washington on Sunday, although his role is uncertain. Bowles wants Richardson to get back into ”football shape” and added that rookie will continue to see regular playing time despite Richardson coming back. Todd Bowles Leonard Williams"

Needless to say, the return of defensive end Sheldon Richardson will be a great addition to an already superb defense. It’ll be great to see the impact he has early on as he’ll surely be playing with more aggression due to his suspension and how he let the team down during the off-season. Regardless, the Jets are 3-1 and heading into a Week 6 matchup against the Washington Redskins. This should be a good game that the Jets should be able to leave away from victorious.

Second Quarter of the Season Expectations by Scott Salmon (GangGreenNation.com)

"So, as long as everything holds together, the team will be in a very good position to make the playoffs. With how dominant the defense has looked, if the offense can keep capitalizing on turnovers and start connecting on the deep passes they’ve struggled with thus far, this team has real potential to make a deep playoff push."

Expectations are high heading into the second quarter of the season. With the Redskins, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars are all the horizon, the Jets can easily win three out of four of these games. Clearly, to be the best you have to beat the best as that Week 7 matchup against the Patriots will be the true test to see if the Jets are contenders or pretenders. A big win against their AFC East rival will surely get the football world to continue believing in what the Jets are capable of this season.

‘Perfect coach’ Pepper Johnson not ready to anoint Jets’ imperfect D-Line by Rich Cimini (ESPN)

"“I want them to prove it,” said Johnson, who added, “I hope and I pray for that day to come where we become team, (where) people are preparing for us a lot different and not just looking at us as somebody who had a good run in September.” that"

It’s great to see that the Jets aren’t happy with how their defense is even though they’ve been playing very well. Missed tackles seem to be the one glaring weakness on this team since they’re not wrapping up opponents and blowing assignments on coverage. Opposing teams will surely continue to test the Jets’ defense since they’re good but not at that level to be considered the cream of the crop. Once they’re able to fix their missed tackles and continue leading the league in turnovers, then they’ll truly be an elite squad.

Jets Resume Flight After Bye Week by Jamir Howerton (NewYorkJets.com)

"“I think some of them were refreshed,” said head coach Todd Bowles after Monday’s practice. “We have to get refocused. I thought we had a decent practice. We still have to get refocused and get ready for the game plan Wednesday, Thursday and Friday because we have 12 games straight. It’s going to be a long haul and there’s going to be a lot of guys that we have to count on if injuries occur. We just have to be ready.”"

The bye week came at a great time to ensure the Jets are able to rest up and get a mental break from everything. They’re off to an incredibly hot start to the season and will continue to build upon their strengths while adjusting their weaknesses. The Jets have the right leadership and veterans in place to course correct and adjust as the season goes on but it’s important to take things one week at a time. There is still plenty of football to play and lots of issues to clear up if the Jets are serious about making a run at the NFL Playoffs.

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