The NFL season is finally within sight. In fact, we have already reached the beginning of football, as we will not be without it until February. And for the first time in years, NY Jets fans have a lot to look forward to this season.
Many young players have yet to show off even a fraction of what they are capable of, meaning this Jets team could either be a pleasant surprise, or a hopeful glimpse into what the bright future may bring.
That being said, being optimistic isn't common for Jets fans. Until 2021 that is.
There is a lot to look forward to, both for this upcoming season and beyond. Nothing gets fans ready quite like some hot takes that will either age like a fine wine or like fine milk.
Here are 10 flaming hot predictions for what this 2021 season could bring — each increasingly more intense than the last.
1. The NY Jets will have multiple Pro Bowlers
While 2020 saw the season end without even a single player on the Jets roster invited to the Pro Bowl, that seemed more like a robbery than a lack of talent. Left tackle Mekhi Becton led the AFC in Pro Bowl votes for quite a while, yet his invitation was seemingly lost in the mail.
At one point, punter Braden Mann also led the conference in votes at his position, but the league elected New England punter Jake Bailey to the honorary game of Madden instead of the Tom Holland look alike.
Had the team not played to the tune of a 2-14 record, they likely would have made the Pro Bowl roster in their rookie season.
Alas, both Becton and Mann will have to impress in their second season in order to make the Pro Bowl. Not to mention, they weren't the only players to impress last season. Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams also had a massive season, taking a huge step forward in his development.
There are a few faces to keep an eye on in terms of players who could be named to their first Pro Bowl. Rookies like Zach Wilson or Elijah Moore are the clear answers if they hit the ground running.
Second-year cornerback Bryce Hall could also earn a nod if he too takes a huge step in development. Safety Marcus Maye could also hear his name called this season if he performs well.
Players can surprise when everyone least expects it. Rookie standouts could shock just about anybody.
Though we weren't able to see first-round guard Alijah Vera-Tucker in the preseason, his talent could see him receive the necessary votes to warrant a Pro Bowl berth. The talent for some individual accolades is there, it just needs a bit of help to reach that level.
And speaking of individual accolades...