Top 5 reasons to stick around for the Jets this season
By Kyle Hirshkind
The New York Jets are ready for a rollercoaster of a season but here are the top five reasons fans should stick around and watch this team develop as the year goes on.
The 2017 season is unlikely to be a promising one for the New York Jets, and the fans and media have known that for quite some time.
With the parting of multiple high-quality veterans such as Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Darrelle Revis, and David Harris, the Jets have seemed to pivot the franchise in the direction of a total rebuild.
Things tend to sting a bit more when you realize that the division rival New England Patriots seem to only be getting better. So alas, here you are, searching for any reason to watch the team that has crushed your soul year after year. With such a negative outlook surrounding the Jets now, what in the world would make you want to suffer through another gut-wrenching season besides your love for the game itself?
Well don’t worry, we got the answers you need.
Next: 5. Superstars In The Making
5. Superstars In The Making
The Jets’ immediate plan seems to be: get younger and earn experience. They began initiating that philosophy this offseason when they either cut or traded various veterans (see above), and they’ve continued to do so by testing the limits of their rookies.
With that being said, the potential is waiting to be tapped. We’ve already seen flashes of what the newest rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye can do in the preseason. It will likely take them an entire season to fully adapt, but that’s the beauty of it.
All of these young additions have a chip on their shoulder. They must know how badly they are projected to be this year. But within that, they understand it’s just merely a projection, and that they are out to prove themselves.
That will be exciting to watch this year. These aren’t kids playing in their youth football league. These are potential stars in the making. This is the beginning for a possible prosperous future.
Next: 4. A Battle In The Backfield
4. A Battle In The Backfield
As much of the media has been focused on the dismal quarterback situation, many have looked past the fact that the Jets backfield is possibly more competitive.
Scratch that, it IS more competitive. Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, and now Elijah McGuire are all battling it out to become the Jets feature back.
While Powell still stands as the fan favorite to run away with the job, it will be up to each of them to prove their worth. Forte is listed as the No. 1 guy heading into Week 1 at Buffalo, but the depth chart doesn’t mention that the other guys will likely see their fair share as well.
It will be interesting to watch how it unfolds throughout the season. McGuire made some serious strides this preseason when he ran all over the Philadelphia defense. Expect a competitive and entertaining battle to continue through Week 16.
Next: 3. How Much Is On The Line?
3. How Much Is On The Line?
A poor season is an ultimate testament to major change.
While changes may not be “major” if the team is truly aiming to tank, they will definitely be inevitable. And that starts with the head coach.
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Todd Bowles likely understands that his job is on the line. It will be his job this year to ensure the newest Jets’ additions play their hearts out and begin tapping into their potential.
That’s a head coach’s job right? To get the most out of their players night-in and night-out. But Bowles’ job isn’t the only one that will be on the line. A murky quarterback situation and a likely top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft will keep things heated this season.
The Jets will likely use this season to determine who stays in their future plans, so in a sort of reality TV show type of way, it will be entertaining to keep up with.
Next: 2. Who's Up Next?
2. Who’s Up Next?
The AFC East isn’t looking too competitive this year as the Patriots are the easy favorite to win out. However, who will be the next team to step up and dethrone them?
This season will be a testament to that as well. The Jets, like every season, will face each of their division rivals twice. And while they may not present themselves as the most entertaining games to watch, they will certainly contain plenty of competitiveness, giving way to who may become the next powerhouse franchise.
The Jets always seem to put up more of a fight against their division foes than in other games. Though it could get messy, it will be intriguing to watch how they stack up against them.
Next: 1. Projections Are Nothing More Than That
1. Projections Are Nothing More Than That
Who’s to say that the Jets will finish last in the league this year? While there’s definitely a good chance, it’s not guaranteed.
That’s what will make this season a rowdy one for Jets fans. Once/if they get that first win, the projections will go out the window, not only in the minds of the fans but in the minds of the players.
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That could certainly happen this weekend when the Jets go up against Buffalo in what may be a battle for the last place in the AFC East. Even so, a W chalked up on the scoreboard will ease a bit of the season’s pain in either of the team’s minds.