In 2018, the New York Jets look to prove doubters wrong who have them being one of the worst teams in the NFL. It’s all due to a new swagger in the locker room.
For the past few seasons, the New York Jets have been a laughing stock in the NFL. No one believes they will be able to change things around and become an elite team. Well, those naysayers might be wrong as the Jets continue to rebuild towards being a contender in the future.
This 2018 team looks like it is building a bond and a mindset that it is them against the world. They look like and sound like they have one mission on their mind and that’s to be a force to reckon with in every aspect of the game.
Through free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft, the front office along with general manager Mike Maccagnan made excellent decisions on who to release and who to sign. Bringing in Trumaine Johnson and Avery Williamson will easily help the defense a lot.
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On the offensive side of the football, signing Spencer Long, and Isaiah Crowell was a big boost for the offensive line and the running back position. Just these four players alone will help boost the veteran presence the young players will need and what head coach Todd Bowles is looking for.
Just watching the show One Jets Drive on Facebook Watch on what the behind scene situations unfold, the team it looks like they have a certain swagger about them. This has not been around since the Rex Ryan era and is refreshing to see.
Everyone is trying to help one another get better and help turn things around considering the Jets are coming off two straight losing seasons. They know the first objective of the process is to dethrone the New England Patriots in the AFC East. The defense on paper looks like it got better by adding run stoppers Nathan Shepherd and Fatukasi Folorunso as both players are big and fast. The secondary has some elite players who are veterans and young talented players on the rise like Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.
The way everyone sounds in the locker room, it just seems they are very focused on this season and are anxious to get out there. Don’t forget many of the games last season the Jets were competitive until final mistakes, in the end, did them in. They had many older players that were injured, or just not productive when it mattered most.
A perfect example would be the wide receiver corps of Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, Jermaine Kearse, and Terrelle Pryor. These four individuals have the ability to be very productive and become a huge problem for opposing defenses if everything falls into place which is likely will since the talent is there.
With the defense, this could possibly be a big year for them and have some serious production from everyone including the rookies. With adding size and depth, it could help many players open their game up and be efficient. Leonard Williams could possibly have a big year since he’s healthy and ready to prove he’s worth keeping around for the long-term.
The Jets this year just seem determined and wanting to play with a chip on their shoulders since for a while now, everyone doesn’t believe they’re capable of achieving a winning season. It will all come down to executing and player accountability with every single snap. It all starts from the head coach and making sure he holds his players accountable for the actions they have on and off the field.
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This upcoming season and beyond, the Jets is heading in the right direction but it has to start now rather than later. This team has the ability and it will start in a few weeks when training camp opens up on July 24 for the rookies and July 26th for the veterans. Training camp will set the tone for the regular season as so far, it looks like the players are amped up and ready to show up thanks to a new swagger flowing throughout the organization.