The 2021 season wasn't especially kind to the NY Jets. While there were certainly some positive takeaways from the four-win campaign, injuries and lackluster performances put a damper on things in a hurry.
Expectations were always low, however, so the Jets' four-win season shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Overall, the roster just wasn't very good.
Poor quarterback play, a disappointing season from the receiving corps, and an underperforming defense led the way for a 4-13 team. The future may look brighter in comparison, but the present was rather dim.
That's not to say there weren't encouraging aspects of the 2021 season, though. From magical moments like Mike White mania to thrilling upsets like the Week 4 win over the Tennessee Titans, the Jets had some things to celebrate.
Rookies like Elijah Moore, Michael Carter, and Alijah Vera-Tucker established themselves as building blocks for the future while Zach Wilson showed progress as the year went on.
On top of that, a number of returning players made important strides throughout the season showing significant improvement. Those are the players we're going to talk about today.
Let's take a look at three Jets players who improved the most in 2021.