The New York Jets added tons of new talent to the roster this offseason, but will it be enough to turn them into immediate contenders in the AFC East?
There’s been plenty of upheaval for the Jets this offseason, and not all of it has been positive. From firing head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan to losing out at the last minute on free agent linebacker Anthony Barr, the Jets have had their share of valleys following the conclusion of the 2018 season.
But there have still been plenty of moves for Jets fans to get excited about.
New head coach Adam Gase has a track record of offensive success, and he’ll have plenty of weapons at his disposal, including returning stars like second-year quarterback Sam Darnold and the underrated wide receiver tandem of Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa.
But Gase also made sure he’d have some new toys to play with in New York after being fired as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
Le’Veon Bell gives the Jets arguably the most versatile, dynamic running back in the entire NFL, while Jamison Crowder is the kind of explosive, reliable playmaker who will be the perfect fit as a slot receiver. Throw in the trade that netted them offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, and the Jets made some massive improvements to help get the most out of Gase’s scheme.
On defense, the big-ticket item on the free agent market with linebacker C.J. Mosley, who was surprisingly allowed to walk by the Baltimore Ravens after four Pro Bowls in five seasons. Just a month later, the Jets added yet another blue-chip defender when they selected Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
The New England Patriots are still the class of the division until further notice, but it’s a wide-open race for the No. 2 spot in the AFC East. With some huge improvements over the past few months, the Jets have enough firepower to challenge the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins for a potential wild-card berth.
The Jets have been wallowing in the NFL basement for far too long, and this might just be the offseason that puts them back on the map.