The NY Jets are undoubtedly one of the NFL's most improved teams. While the roster still has plenty of holes, general manager Joe Douglas and company made sure to overhaul much of the organization this offseason.
And an overhaul was needed after an abysmal 2-14 finish a year ago. The Jets made necessary changes, but they clearly have a long way to go before they garner the respect both the team and fan base wants.
Madden 22 ratings were released last week and, as per usual, they generated their fair share of headlines. One team that will be using those ratings as bulletin board material is the Jets.
The Jets received the lowest overall team rating in Madden 22 earning a lowly 72 rating. Yes, that was below teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, and Carolina Panthers who all finished above Gang Green.
That 72 rating was tanked by a league-worst 69 offensive rating and a 74 defensive rating that was tied for third-worst in the NFL.
Evidently, Madden doesn't think very highly of the Jets.
The NY Jets were disrespected by their Madden 22 ratings.
In total, only seven Jets players received a rating of 80 or higher. The only player higher than an 85 is defensive tackle Quinnen Williams whose 86 overall rating is the highest on the team.
With those ratings, it shouldn't be a surprise that the Jets are as low as they are.
Especially when it comes to the offense.
Only three offensive players on the Jets have a rating above a 77 — Corey Davis (83), Mekhi Becton (82), and Jamison Crowder (80). After that, the only two others above a 75 are Keelan Cole (77) and Morgan Moses (76).
The Jets roster still has its holes, but some of these ratings (as with every year) are very misleading.
Moses finished as a top-five right tackle in football last season per PFF, but his 76 overall rating indicates that he's nothing more than an average-to-below-average starter.
Meanwhile, you could easily argue that Carl Lawson (83) and Marcus Maye (85) deserve higher ratings given how well they played last season.
It's also easy to see rookies like Elijah Moore (73), Alijah Vera-Tucker (72), and Michael Carter (72) vastly outplaying their ratings this season.
It seems especially odd to rate them so low when players like Ashtyn Davis (75) and Vinny Curry (76) are rated as high as they are. Again, this is Madden, after all. Most of these ratings don't make any sense.
The Jets will look to prove their doubters over at EA Sports wrong and prove that they aren't the worst team in the NFL this season.