The New York Jets and their fans have plenty of reasons to think 2019 will be a bounce back year and possibly more productive.
They won the draft yet again by selecting Defensive Tackle Quinnen Williams out of Alabama. The Jets look poised to have another young player with big star potential lead a rebuilding team far one day soon, along with Jamal Adams and Sam Darnold poised for stellar second years. Rookie Sam Darnold had a shaky start and showed signs of true resilience, and has proved overall that he has potential that can be developed. It’s unfair to judge a rookie off of one season, hence comparing apples and oranges, but with some key pieces, he has a better chance to have a solid year.
Next season, the interceptions must be a thing of the past. Staying healthy is very important as well. With new running back Le’Veon Bell on board, Darnold looks to have some big game-changing teammates around him who can make his life a lot easier as a second-year starting quarterback. With key targets he can look to, and the confidence alone have knowing the upgrades overall make the Jets somewhat feared, there’s plenty to feel good about. Will there be some pressure about putting up a case for the “not a bust” argument? Of course. However, Sam can have much more comfort room with the key playmakers added as well.
The Jets should be a stronger team all around. Regardless of if it was a move I wished to see happen, it happened, and that is that. I felt that Jonah Williams was the best choice, personally. The Jets selected a guy who will fit in perfectly in a Jets locker room needing balance and peace and is said to be the best in the draft regardless, and now I love this idea.
Who’s to say that when things are better and with a new head coach in offensive-minded Adam Gase, along with highly praised Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams, that the Jets won’t be a little feared? Enter linebacker C.J. Mosley as well. I’m not predicting a Super Bowl win, however, I won’t rule out a playoff spot. This team has been the most aggressive this off-season, and on paper, this is a stronger team, even stronger than last week.
The Jets have had their share of misfortune and let downs for quite some time. This past season was definitely one that was not meant to be “the year” or close to it. Next year might not be either, but it’s important to see the good and the bad in the same picture too.
All in all, the Jets played it smart again for the third year in a row. They chose a hard working defensive tackle who can easily make some noise on the field while maintaining peace and calmness in a locker room in need of guys hungry to win, respectively. This team keeps getting stronger by the year, with the rebuild going in the best direction possible.