The New York Jets kicked off their 2019 training camp this week, and new head coach Adam Gase is already loving the vibe of this year’s team.
It’s been a crazy offseason for the New York Jets, who have undergone wholesale changes at every level heading into their 2019 campaign. There’s a new general manager, head coach, and tons of fresh faces on both sides of the ball.
New head coach Adam Gase hopes to do what he couldn’t in three seasons leading the Miami Dolphins, as the Jets try to make the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade.
Things are just starting to get rolling at this year’s training camp, but Gase already likes what he’s seeing from the new roster across the board (via team senior reporter Eric Allen):
Everyone in this building is excited. The last couple of days have seemed like forever and everybody’s just ready to get going, get the players in here (and) get our meetings going. Having the rookies, quarterbacks and injured guys, it’s good to kind of get into the flow of things. I think everybody in our building —there is some good juice going in our building right now. We’re ready. We’re 0-0 and it’s going to be all about how we come together. We all know we’re starting at 0-0 and it’s time to go to work and see how the chips fall.
The Jets already had a strong nucleus heading into the 2019 season, led by second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams, defensive lineman Leonard Williams and speedy pass-catcher Robby Anderson. But the offseason additions of running back Le’Veon Bell, linebacker C.J. Mosley and No. 3 overall pick Quinnen Williams have many believing the Jets could be a dark-horse playoff team.
Gase isn’t ready to crown his new team just yet, but he does believe strongly that they’ll be in the hunt late in the season this time around:
We’re going to play meaningful games in the end of November and December. That’s what we’re going to do.
It’s been eight years since the Jets played a postseason game, having lost back-to-back AFC title games during the Rex Ryan/Mark Sanchez era. This team has enough talent to return to the playoffs, but with all the changes that took place this offseason, it’ll be a challenging task in a million different ways.
It’s only a start, but Gase obviously likes his teams chances so far.