The NY Jets have been one of the teams most closely connected to the rumors surrounding Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Many have speculated about where the disgruntled QB could end up if he is traded this offseason.
And the Jets, for all intents and purposes, seem to be one of the top possible destinations.
Seth Galina from Pro Football Focus recently released a list of the top potential landing spots for five quarterbacks who could be on the move this offseason. And for Watson, he named the Jets as the best fit.
Galina isn’t the first to indicate that the Jets would be an excellent landing spot for Watson. In fact, a report came out earlier in the week from Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald stating that the Jets were his preferred destination.
The NY Jets make sense as a landing spot for Deshaun Watson
No one knows how true some of these rumors are. But where there’s smoke, there’s sometimes fire. And there certainly is plenty of smoke about Watson going to the Jets.
Galina cited the hiring of Robert Saleh and Mike LaFleur as the biggest reason the Jets would make sense for Watson. He went on to say the following.
“Watson could go anywhere and elevate the play of his teammates, but I’ve picked the Jets because the new coaching staff — 49ers East — would create the best offense for him. Let’s put Watson in Mike LaFleur’s Shanahan offense taking a load off the quarterback. Since LaFleur became the passing game coordinator in San Francisco in 2019, the team ranked seventh in play-action percentage and third in screen percentage.”
At just 25-years-old, Watson is already an undisputed top-five quarterback in the league. His 92.5 PFF grade from a year ago ranked third among all quarterbacks and his raw numbers (33 TD, 7 INT, 70% completion) were arguably even more impressive.
Despite playing on a downright horrendous Houston team with virtually no help, he had arguably the best season of his NFL career. Arguably the only player in the entire league who holds more value is Patrick Mahomes.
That’s how valuable Watson is.
However, due to his organization’s boneheaded behavior, Watson might want out. Recent reports have suggested that his time in Houston is all but over and he certainly hasn’t calmed rumored with cryptic comments on social media.
The Jets are one of the few teams with the desire, financial flexibility, and most importantly the assets to get a deal done. And for that reason, many have labeled them a realistic trade partner for the Texans.
Of course, the Jets will need to figure out what the plan is at the quarterback position. Whether that’s keeping Sam Darnold or looking to the draft for his replacement is currently unclear.
But if Watson becomes available, all bets are off.
The Jets make a ton of sense for Deshaun Watson, and it seems plenty of analysts and people around the league agree.