A year ago at this time, the New Year's resolutions for the NY Jets were apparent. It was all about ownership giving full power to general manager Joe Douglas, and finding a new leader at head coach to help change the team's culture. And then ultimately identifying who would be the team's franchise quarterback.
The Jets have all those things in place heading towards 2022. Joe Douglas got to pick his coach/leader in Robert Saleh and his franchise quarterback in Zach Wilson.
The Jets now begin phase two of what is a genuine rebuild. No team in the NFL is younger than the Jets. And with a boatload of draft picks upcoming (nine in total), the team will have a chance to get significant contributions once again from another rookie class.
The early returns on the Jets 2021 draft class have been positive. Running back Michael Carter, wide receiver Elijah Moore, and offensive guard Alijah Vera-Tucker have shown superstar potential.
Defensive backs like the other Michael Carter, Brandin Echols, and Jason Pinnock look like long-term keepers in the secondary.
The jury is still out on the most important draft pick Zach Wilson, but there have been some positive signs as the season has progressed. There's enough reason to believe that Wilson's best is still yet to come.
The Jets are currently projected to have four of the top-40 picks in next year's 2022 NFL Draft, thanks to Jamal Adams and Sam Darnold, two players who were supposed to be cornerstone players for the team's last rebuild.
The Jets have two high first-round and second-round picks due to Joe Douglas's deals with Seattle and Carolina, respectively. Thanks to the Seahawks and Panthers' struggles, the Jets have a chance to add their next crop of cornerstone players in phase two of the team's current rebuild.
The Jets franchise has different New Year's resolutions than they did a year ago, so let's look at four of them for 2022.