The New York Jets jumped up six spots in NFL.com’s latest post-free agency power rankings solidifying themselves as one of free agency’s biggest winners.
The New York Jets have inhabited the bottom four or five of most power rankings for quite some time now but their recent spending spree in free agency has the team finally on the rise.
NFL.com’s most recent power rankings have the Jets jumping all the way up to the No. 23 slot, up six from their previous ranking which came prior to free agency. This is the third largest jump by any team after the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars who moved up seven and nine spots respectively.
While the Jets still rank in the bottom 10 teams in the league, they still come in ahead of division rivals the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins who rank 25th and 31st respectively. They also rank ahead of their crosstown foes the New York Giants who come in at 27th after unsurprisingly dropping a whopping eight spots.
The offseason additions of Le’Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley, and Kelechi Osemele were highlighted as primary reasons as to why the Jets experienced such a leap. And after the dust of free agency has settled, it’s clear that the Jets are a team with some of the most momentum in the entire NFL.
Bell was arguably the most notable free agent signing as the three-time Pro Bowler has been widely regarded as one of, if not the best running back in the league for quite some time. His ultimate signing was one of the primary talking points of the offseason and the value that he is expected to bring to the franchise is immeasurable.
You could also argue that Mosley was one of the top three players to hit the open market this offseason in terms of true value making his signing all the more noteworthy. The Jets will be paying Mosley a premium to be a team leader and one of the most talented players on their defense.
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Osemele was acquired in a trade just prior to the start of free agency and the former Oakland Raider will hopefully provide a massive upgrade at a major position of need for the Jets. While he struggled in 2018 as a result of injuries and inconsistent play, Osemele is a former All-Pro guard who, at his peak, was one of the best offensive linemen in the league.
The under-the-radar addition of wide receiver Jamison Crowder should also serve to add much-needed depth to a wide receiver core that was embarrassingly thin at points last season.
However, the Jets still have plenty of work to do, hence why they’re only ranked 23rd. The team has glaring holes at edge rusher, center, and is fairly weak at cornerback currently capping their potential for next season.
But with the 2019 NFL Draft only a month away, the Jets will have plenty of opportunities to add on to what has been a relatively strong offseason.
For now, it’s just nice to see the Jets trending up for a change.