The NY Jets are certainly a team that is flying under the radar this summer. Given their 2-14 finish a year ago, that shouldn't exactly come as a surprise.
That said, the Jets made a number of moves this offseason that could set the team up to compete sooner rather than later. And some around the league believe they could be this year's sleeper team.
FanSided's Matt Lombardo asked around the league looking to determine which teams that select NFL personnel believe will surprise people this year.
One Director of Pro Player Personnel gave a simple, yet resounding answer. "It’s the Jets," the executive claimed.
The NY Jets could be the surprise team in the NFL in 2021.
He went on to state that the Jets could surprise people, "especially if all those young guys get up to speed and get up to speed quickly.”
The executive identified a few other low-key teams that could make some noise such as the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers, but the Jets were the team he focused on.
General manager Joe Douglas has done an excellent job of reshaping the roster in his two offseasons with the Jets. As a result, the roster that will take the field in 2021 looks vastly different than the one that was fielded just two years ago.
The Mike Maccagnan regime has been swiftly rendered a thing of the past. This offseason continued that trend with players such as Corey Davis, Carl Lawson, Zach Wilson, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Elijah Moore all representing cornerstones the team plans to build around.
The roster still has its holes, sure, but the point the executive is making is that the fate of the Jets this season rests on the performance of their young players.
If Wilson, Vera-Tucker, and Moore find immediate success, the Jets' offense could turn some heads. The offensive line and wide receiver corps look vastly improved giving Wilson a much better supporting cast than his predecessor, Sam Darnold, ever had.
The same is true for the coaching staff. If Robert Saleh, Mike LaFleur, Jeff Ulbrich, and company can prove to be a significant upgrade over the previous staff — it seems highly improbable that they're worse — the Jets might just be set up for immediate success.
Should we expect this team to compete for a Super Bowl? Probably not. But if a few things go right, playoff contention shouldn't be discarded as a possibility.
The Jets could surprise a lot of folks this season. And evident there are those in the NFL who believe that will be the case.