ESPN recently had an article that predicting every team’s final record this upcoming season. They have the New York Jets winning six games which is just about right.
The New York Jets are still on the outside looking in, even in the middle of their current rebuild. Not only are they coming off two straight 5-11 seasons but still have a lot of question marks on the roster. It’s hard to predict what will transpire this upcoming season but ESPN has looked into their crystal ball to predict what could happen for each NFL team.
Written by ESPN.com, they listed total projections of wins for the Jets at 6.1 and well, it’s just about right. It’s no secret that the Jets still have a lot of issues left on their team, even with all their offseason acquisitions and full 2018 NFL Draft class.
Just because they have a rookie quarterback in Sam Darnold that could potentially be their next franchise player under center doesn’t guarantee the Jets more wins in 2018. At the end of the day, their offensive line, pass rush, and overall offense is still a huge question mark.
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Predicting the Jets winning six games is reasonable considering that so far this offseason, they’ve only significantly improved their defensive secondary and are hoping their linebacker corps shapes up with veteran free agent acquisitions. Veterans are one thing but it’ll take time for everything to come together as a unit.
The Jets will likely have a similar situation in 2018 like they’ve had the past two seasons in that they’re still lacking weapons on offense to get the job done. Last season, they had issues with 3rd down conversions and couldn’t score touchdowns consistently. This will likely still be a concern again when the regular season arrives.
Combine that with a lackluster offensive line where most of those players are coming back in 2018, doesn’t bode well for the Jets. If you can’t protect the quarterback or setup rushing lanes, it will easily bring major problems for everyone to get in sync on offense.
Overall, while the defensive secondary could be a strength in 2018, the Jets have a lot more weaknesses than meets the eye. Even though they’ll likely be a competitive team that fights to the very end, they simply don’t have the required talent across the roster to earn more than six wins in football games that actually matter.