It’s pretty clear that the New York Jets are in a rebuilding state. Fans need to stay patient, and loyal for a little while.
After the first two games of the 2017 season, it’s pretty obvious that the New York Jets will not be a top tier team for a while. However, with the draft picks they have for next year, as well as last season’s draftees, they could become a playoff team in a few years. Fans will have to sit tight for a bit, as the next few years may be a bumpy ride, but if the team sticks to the process, it should happen.
Seeing that the Jets chose veterans Josh McCown and Matt Forte to be the starting quarterback and running back for 2017, it’s obvious that they don’t see a future starting position for Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg.
This means that they will probably go for quarterbacks and running backs in the next two drafts. And because the offensive line is important for those positions to be any good, they’ll probably seek out lineman in the free agency, as well as rounds 2-4 in the next couple of drafts.
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The Jets also need to do a little work on defense, mainly at the linebacker and cornerback positions. To do this, they will probably have to pick them up through trades and free agency, which isn’t always as mediocre as some may believe.
For example, the team did a great job of picking up players like Morris Claiborne and Demario Davis last year. Both of these players are doing well, even though the rest of the players in those positions are struggling. If they keep up that strategy, it should pay off for them in the long run.
The bottom line is that if anybody wants the Jets to be great, then they have to be patient. Their time is coming, but it will take a minute. However, if head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan do something to throw this plan off course, then it will be time to move on from them. The fans have to trust them though. Those two have those positions for a reason, and we need to be able to trust them.