NY Jets: 3 players entering make-or-break seasons in 2021

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The future has arrived for the NY Jets. General manager Joe Douglas was hired to set up the team for long-term success, and head coach Robert Saleh has been hired to coach their young talent.

Now, it's time for the players to show what they are made of this upcoming season.

Of course, the end goal of the new regime is to win the big one, the Super Bowl. However, a championship-winning team is not built overnight. Something Jets fans know more than anyone, given they have not won since 1969.

That being said, there are bound to be growing pains for the rebuilt Gang Green roster. Rookie Zach Wilson will have an offensive line and weapons like no quarterback before him, while Saleh coaches up a young defense.

Chances are, though, that this season will be one about development and playing competitive football.

Taking that into consideration, every player will be under a close eye this upcoming season. Obviously, some players will have more pressure on their shoulders than others.

Nevertheless, here are the players entering make-or-break seasons with the Jets in 2021.

Honorable Mention: C.J. Mosley, LB, NY Jets

If it were not for him entering year two of his five-year contract, C.J. Mosley would be atop this list. The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker was brought in to lead this team in 2019.

Instead, he has only played two games with Gang Green due to mysterious injuries and a COVID-19 opt-out.

When he was signed, Mike Maccagnan was the general manager and Adam Gase was freshly hired as head coach. At the time, the Jets were also running a 3-4 defense, whereas their new 4-3 defense is not a natural fit for Mosley.

With that in mind, Mosley is going to need to start living up to his contract this season. Otherwise, fans will begin to count down until the 2022 season ends, when the Jets can finally cut him to get out of the final two years of his deal.