Last season marked a revolution of sorts for the NY Jets organization. No longer would the team attempt to put off a much-needed rebuild by playing veterans long past their primes in featured roles.
No longer would this broken organization succumb to the pressures of instant gratification by shelling out questionable contracts to B and C-list players in free agency.
Since 2019, Joe Douglas’s first year in charge, the Jets have steadily trimmed down the aging veterans and unsuccessful draft selections from the roster.
The preference for young, developing talent is evident when looking at a roster that has moved from the third-oldest roster in 2019 to the youngest roster in the league entering the 2021 season.
While roster revamps of this size could be considered bold, especially in a market as impatient as New York, I think most will agree that the patient approach was the proper perspective to have. Although the two-win increase from 2020 to 2021 may not be much, this team has much more optimism than in years past.
The young core consisting of Zach Wilson, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Elijah Moore, the Michael Carters, Brandin Echols, and more is why there is reason to be excited about the future of the Jets.
Sure, each one of these players faced some adversity throughout the season and had their fair amount of struggles. However, they fought back and never gave up.
The culture Robert Saleh instilled has created an excuse-free environment where the players hold themselves accountable for their actions. As a result, the players are motivated and plan to serve as catalysts for the next era of successful Jets football.
To celebrate the (cautiously) optimistic feeling around the Jets’ young core, let’s take a look at the 10 best NY Jets players under the age of 25.