8 best one-hit wonder seasons in NY Jets history

Who are the best one-hit wonders in Jets history?
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5. Boomer Esiason, QB, NY Jets

  • Season: 1993
  • Games Started: 16
  • Stats/Accomplishments: 60.9% completion percentage, 3,421 passing yards, Pro Bowl

I battled with whether or not to include this one. Similar to Tomlinson, this is mostly a case of aging, along with some bad surrounding talent as well, but based on the criteria, Boomer Esiason's 1993 season absolutely qualifies as a New York Jets one-hit wonder.

Esiason came to New York a hometown hero in the hopes of reinvigorating his career after a few down years in Cincinnati. The former MVP joined a Jets team that went 4-12 the previous season. There was a lot of pressure on him to help turn things around.

This is when the one-season wonder part comes in. He got off to a scorching start in his Jets career. That first season, Esiason threw for 3,421 yards, and 16 touchdowns, helping the Jets improve to 8-8 while making his first Pro Bowl in four seasons.

This first Jets season was exactly what the doctor ordered. He helped the Jets double their win count while also returning to the level of play that he once saw consistently.

The drop-off was slow and painful. Over the next two seasons, things just got worse and worse for the Long Island-born QB. After a solid 8-8 season, the Jets would go 5-9 in games started by Esiason in year two, and an ugly 2-10 in year three.

His yards per attempt, overall yards, and completion percentage went down each year following the 1993 season. Esiason retired as a Cincinnati Bengal in 1997 after a one-year stint in Chicago.

What started with a Pro Bowl birth and a solid .500 record ended with one of the worst seasons in the history of the franchise, but while it didn't last long, for one year, Boomer Esiason was a New York Jets star.

4. Braylon Edwards, WR, NY Jets

  • Season: 2010
  • Games Started: 15
  • Stats: 53 receptions, 904 receiving yards, seven touchdowns

It was a controversial move by Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum to trade for Braylon Edwards in 2009. The former Ohio State standout turned hometown Cleveland Brown had gone from an exciting young Pro Bowler in 2007 to a drop-happy mess in 2008. He was also considered a head case with off-the-field issues on top of that.

The one thing no one could deny about Edwards, however, was his strikingly obvious and immense talent. Standing at 6-foot-3 and carrying 215 pounds along with some lightning speed, Edwards was not an easy cover for opposing cornerbacks.

His length parlayed with his vertical leaping ability made him an awesome deep threat for a young Mark Sanchez. Despite his drawbacks, Edwards was worth the risk.

His 2009 season was up-and-down, culminating in an AFC title game appearance in which he caught a memorable deep ball from Mark Sanchez in the second quarter to go up 7-3 against Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts. This was his only great moment that year, though, and the Jets would lose the game and their shot at a Super Bowl.

In 2010, hopes were sky-high in Florham Park. The hope was that Edwards would figure it out and help Santonio Holmes and Jerricho Cotchery become one of the best-receiving corps in the NFL. He did not disappoint.

Edwards would finish the season with seven touchdowns and 53 receptions for 904 yards, the most yards he had recorded since 2007. At the prime age of 27, it seemed as though the Jets had found a long-term star at the wide receiver position.

But Edwards' off-the-field issues plagued him. Battling legal trouble, Edwards struggled to maintain a home. He would sign with the San Francisco 49ers the following season, appearing in only nine games and failing to eclipse even 200 yards.

Edwards would appear in 13 games in 2012, starting in only four, including a brief reunion with the Jets and a 10-week stint with the Seattle Seahawks. It turned out that 2010 would be his last taste of any real success.