5 NY Jets make ESPN’s AFC East All-Decade Team
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets had five former players named to ESPN’s AFC East All-Decade Team.
The NY Jets experienced a series of highs and lows throughout the decade of the 2010s. From the tail-end of the Rex Ryan era to the magical 2015 season and everything in between, it’s safe to say the Jets had a tumultuous decade.
But tumultuous is rarely a good thing, and the Jets certainly experienced more heartbreak than happiness over the past 10 years.
Nonetheless, the Jets still played host to a number of excellent players during that time. And some of those players were recently honored on ESPN’s AFC East All-Decade Team.
The ESPN team put together the starting offense, defense, and special teams consisting of players who played in the AFC East during the 2010s. And five former Jets players managed to make the team.
Which NY Jets players made ESPN’s AFC East All-Decade Team?
Three of those players were on offense including the likes of Brandon Marshall, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and Nick Mangold. Meanwhile, David Harris and Darrelle Revis represented the Jets on defense.
Marshall was credited for both his run with the Jets and Miami Dolphins, although he’ll certainly be remembered more for his time with the Jets. The former Chicago Bears receiver made his sixth and final Pro Bowl in 2015 when he put up a dominant 109-catch, 1,502-yard, 14-TD stat line.
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But while Marshall’s tenure with the Jets was relatively short, Ferguson and Mangold each played their entire careers with Gang Green. Ferguson made two Pro Bowls during the 2010s while Mangold made five and was named first-team All-Pro right at the turn of the decade.
Harris is the only one of the five not to be named to any Pro Bowl or All-Pro team, but the veteran linebacker served as a model of consistency and the captain of the defense for his 10 seasons with the Jets.
He never received the leaguewide accolades that the others did, but he’s no doubt a worthy addition to the list.
Meanwhile, Revis needs no introduction.
Arguably one of the best cornerbacks in NFL history, few were likely more consensus selections than the four-time All-Pro. Revis’ 2014 season with the New England Patriots was also included, but it’s safe to say he would have made it regardless.
The New England Patriots expectedly had the most representatives with 13 (including one season from both Harris and Revis), while the Dolphins were second with eight and the Buffalo Bills and Jets tied with five team members apiece.
Here’s to hoping that the 2020s provide a bit more prosperity for the franchise.