As the New York Jets prepare for the upcoming season, their biggest strength on offense will easily be their ground game.
Let’s face it, the offense of the New York Jets is still one big question mark heading into the upcoming season. There is no guarantee that their wide receiver corps will be a capable unit that can actually score touchdowns consistently or at the very least, keep those chains moving.
The Jets quarterback situation could also be problematic if things don’t go as planned since, on all accounts, Josh McCown will likely start the season yet again. If that happens, he will hold the fort down until rookie quarterback Sam Darnold is ready to begin his era under center. Remember, Darnold still needs a lot of time to put everything together as it won’t be an easy transition to pro level football.
Likely knowing that the Jets offense could require a few months to get everything straightened out, they bolstered their rushing attack nicely this offseason. With returning players in Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire to new faces in Isaiah Crowell and Thomas Rawls, the Jets ground game will easily be their biggest strength on offense.
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Ideally, the Jets will have some sort of rotation at running back and will likely keep at least three or even all four players just for that aspect on offense. All four players bring unique traits to the table that can be used as pure rushers or even hybrids that can cause damage as receiving targets.
New offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates wants to keep the same West Coast offense that features a short to medium passing attack but has expressed that things will be more balanced than last year. It’s no secret that the Jets passed a lot more than they should have and had they committed to establishing the run, perhaps they could have won a few more games that came down to the wire.
Hopefully, Bates stays true to his word and has a balanced offensive attack since, if he wants to keep the essence of the West Coast offense thriving, a good ground game will help open everything else up. The Jets have more than enough talent at running back to get the job done as now it’s just a matter of making sure they don’t abandon it and turn the offense into a one-dimensional unit like last season.