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Reasons to have a lot of optimism in 2018

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Sam Darnold of USC gestures after being picked #3 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Sam Darnold of USC gestures after being picked #3 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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That’s right ladies and gentlemen, there are a lot of reasons to have optimism for the New York Jets this upcoming season.

The New York Jets have had quite the offseason, with drafting highly appraised QB Sam Darnold being the highlight so far. Besides that, there are a lot of reasons why the Jets also have plenty to look forward to this upcoming and long-awaited season.

You know its going to be a truly exciting year when Todd Bowles is hyped up. The usually reserved, and unemotional (at times) Bowles was really pumped in a recent talk involving Sam Darnold, fresh out of USC. The Jets organization is already speaking highly of the rookie quarterback, and it shows that they are excited to see what he can do, not only this upcoming season but for many years to come.

The AFC East got a huge upside when the New England Patriots sent would be backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers. The fact that the usually on top and Super Bowl appearing Patriots have parted ways with the man who would have been a superb fill in for aging QB Tom Brady speaks volumes silently for the Jets.

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Now, they may have a much easier time defeating the Patriots thanks to them having made that drastic and daring move. That move may be a huge factor in any Jets vs. Patriots matchups in the future, especially down the road when Brady does call it quits.

The defensive secondary of the Jets has the making of being something very special. The power and leadership of Jamal Adams is a huge plus at safety. Adams did very well in his first year with the Jets as he ended last season playing in 16 games, two sacks, and 63 tackles. He should have a great 2018, as his motivation and positive locker room mentality is a great thing to have.

Remember everyone, it is a fresh start considering that 2017 was a long and losing season. If Robby Anderson can keep things together off the field, he is one of the best wide receivers and premier players that the Jets can rely on. If he stays out of trouble, it will be huge for the Jets to see what he can do having better talent around him with the return of Quincy Enunwa.

Finally, keep an eye on defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd as he is another great and underrated addition to the Jets defense. Shepherd’s story is quite the inspirational story that will surely motivate you too. Shepherd at one point couldn’t afford to even go to college. He was working at a factory, saved up some money, went back to school, worked while being in college, and now he’s here with an NFL contract. Hard work pays off, and he should fit in nicely with this organization.

The Jets may not be playoff contenders heading into the new season but they’ll be a competitive team that plays with and for each other. This team is slowly putting the right pieces in place to fit the ultimate goal of being a playoff contender again that can actually go the distance.

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