5 reasons why NY Jets QB Zach Wilson must succeed in 2022

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4. The NY Jets' defense is the most talented it's been in five years

Maybe a bit controversial. The Jets did have a pretty statistically-decent defense in 2019 when they ranked 16th in points per game allowed and seventh in yards per game surrendered.

But outside of that, we have the Jets ranking 25th in YPG and 29th in PPG in 2018, 24th in YPG and 26th in PPG in 2020, and 32nd in both YPG and PPG last season.

The 2022 Jets will be getting Carl Lawson back from tearing his Achilles last preseason. They'll be adding the best player in the draft in Sauce Gardner to the secondary, as well as a late-first-round steal in Jermaine Johnson to the pass rush.

They'll be adding some other very underrated players in Solomon Thomas, D.J. Reed, Jordan Whitehead, Marcell Harris, and Jacob Martin.

And they'll already be building off a nice little core of Quinnen Williams, Bryce Hall, John Franklin-Myers, C.J. Mosley, Quincy Williams, and Michael Carter II.

This is the most talented group of defensive players the Jets have had in a long time. All three levels appear to be in very good shape, especially where it's bitten them the most on a regular basis in the secondary.