C.J. Mosley says the whole NFL is sleeping on the Jets
By Luke Easterling
NFL fans and teams might be sleeping on the New York Jets in 2019, but veteran linebacker C.J. Mosley can’t wait to prove everyone wrong.
After three straight seasons of 10 or more losses, it’s hard to blame the rest of the NFL for having low expectations of the New York Jets.
The Gang Green haven’t made it to the playoffs in nearly a decade, and recent trends have been moving in the wrong direction since the team made back-to-back AFC title game appearances under Rex Ryan.
But with a promising roster loaded with both young talent and veteran experience, and a new coaching staff equipped with aggressive schemes, things could turn around quickly for the Jets. That change could easily start this season, and four-time Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley could have plenty to do with it.
Mosley knows the league isn’t expecting much from his team this year, but he’s looking forward to surprising them in a big way (via team senior reporter Eric Allen):
Now that we’ve got a new little mix-up, got some new people around and some new faces, we’re all eager and we’re all ready. We know the whole NFL is sleeping on the Jets, so we’re ready to prove them wrong.
I think we’re eager. Definitely young, and we know that. But as a group and collectively, we already know the people that have been here, the coaches that have been here and all they’ve heard since they’ve been here is we’ll lose.
Mosley isn’t the only big name the Jets added this offseason. Le’Veon Bell gives the Jets arguably the most versatile and dynamic running back in the league, while Jamison Crowder is one of the NFL’s more explosive slot receivers. Offensive guard Kelechi Osemele instantly became the team’s best blocker when he was acquired this offseason in a trade with the Oakland Raiders.
Joining Mosley on defense is Quinnen Williams, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, who was a dominant force along the Alabama defensive line last season.
Add these new faces to an already promising roster that includes second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams, speedy pass-catcher Robby Anderson and veteran defensive lineman Leonard Williams, the Jets could easily be one of the NFL’s most pleasant surprises in 2019.