The New England Patriots sent shockwaves to the NFL by trading quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers. This bodes well for the New York Jets and their efforts in the future of finally having their own franchise quarterback.
When it comes to the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Jets caught a break Monday when the San Francisco 49ers acquired Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a second-round draft pick. The 49ers, who along with the Cleveland Browns have both lost their first eight games of the season.
However, with Garoppolo now in the fold, the 49ers are unlikely to pull the trigger on a quarterback with a likely top three draft pick. That could mean they either trade the pick or take a premier player like Penn State’s running back and Heisman candidate, Saquon Barkley.
That means that they may have a better chance of landing one of the stud QB’s that are coming out this April. From Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson there are plenty of talents to choose from. It’s also possible that the Browns, Indianapolis Colts, and possibly the cross-town New York Giants are now the only teams that could take a QB with a potential top-five draft pick.
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Coming into the season, this was supposed to be the year that the Jets finally got the guy they could build their future around, even if it meant suffering through 16 games of awfulness and irrelevance.
Instead, after a slow start, the Jets took the league by surprise for a few weeks and found themselves 3-2 after five games, and nowhere near the leagues bottom feeders.
However, three straight losses looked to put the Jets back where they belong until a terrific all-around performance on Thursday Night Football against an upstart Buffalo Bills team that came in flying high at 5-2. The defense (and the D Line in particular) had perhaps their best showing of the season sacking Tyrod Taylor seven times and forcing three Buffalo turnovers.
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A lot of people came into the season wanting the Jets to tank and didn’t expect much to stand in the way of them achieving that goal. But Todd Bowles has his young squad playing hungry, and veteran QB Josh McCown is quietly having one of the best seasons of his career. With the win, the Jets remain in the playoff hunt, and with the Garoppolo trade, perhaps the QB sweepstakes hunt as well with hopes of finally landing a franchise quarterback in the future.