Young roster doesn’t equal a bad one
By Michael Pallas
The New York Jets don’t necessarily have the worst roster in the NFL, as many are claiming. A young roster doesn’t always mean it’s a bad one.
Many people look at the makeup of the New York Jets roster and say that it’s the worst one in the NFL. The fact of the matter is the roster is young and inexperienced, but it’s too early to tell how bad the roster actually is.
In the age of the internet, we want everything instantly. The problem is, sports analysis can’t truly be done instantly. You need time to tell whether or not professional athletes can be good at their craft.
There’s simply not enough data to suggest how bad this roster is or isn’t. The 90-man training camp roster has 17 rookies on it, and there is a total of 58 players with three years or less of NFL experience. That’s not enough time to judge a professional athlete.
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Imagine if we judged Peyton Manning on his first two seasons as a whole rather than the incremental steps of improvement he took?
He completed 59.2% of his passes, had 52 touchdowns and 43 interceptions. That doesn’t look good.
However, his completion percentage and yards increased and interceptions decreased in year two. So, you could see some growth.
According to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network, one NFL executive told him:
From an NFL exec- "I think the Jets might have the worst roster I've seen in a decade."
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) June 7, 2017
The wide receivers are the youngest group on the team. As Connor Hughes of NJ.com pointed out in his piece:
Not one player under contract has more than three years of experience, or a 1,000-yard season on his resume. The majority occupying the meeting room are unknown outside One Jets Drive. A plus B equals C: The unit stinks.
Actually, the math problem with the Jets is more like this: ((A+B)*C)/D=E, and A is 1, B is 4, and E is 13. Solve for D. Every high school math student can respond to that math equation with the answer: not enough information.
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Before judging this roster, they not only need to get experience as individuals, but they need time on the field together. Let’s not rush to judgment. It’s still too early.