While the New York Jets have made a ton of progress and added multiple big name key players, it’s important to remember that contention is still likely a couple of years away for the Gang Green.
It’s easy to win a few games and get your hopes up. Longtime Jets fans see the pattern quicker and in full detail. They will win a few, leaving fans very optimistic even if a little too hopeful. Then toward the end of the season, the winning streak drops.
While quarterback Sam Darnold is poised to have a solid second season in the pros, not all of the responsibilities of winning a game will fall on him. The team chemistry and the defense that is looked to revamp under new head coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will also be a huge factor in all of this.
While several stars are set and all but locked to be a threat, such as Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams, second-year tight end Chris Herndon, free agent linebacker C.J. Mosely, and speedy deep threat Robby Anderson, the Jets have players such as veteran defensive line man Leonard Williams and star running back Le’Veon Bell especially who need to prove themselves big time. It’s now or never for Williams, who had a great 2016 then seemingly fell off the face of the earth in the performance department.
To say the least, the Jets definitely got stronger in many ways this offseason. It’s a matter of how well all these pieces will come together to build a contending team once Tom Brady calls it quits on the highly favored New England Patriots.
It will be interesting for sure, but not it’s exactly wise to put such high expectations on this team just yet.