For the last decade, the Jets have sat below mediocrity week in and week out, but finally there is legitimate buzz surrounding this team. While fans can always find reasons to be excited, the energy seems to be louder than ever heading into the 2022-2023.
If you look at the roster holistically, you can see that the Jets improved drastically in almost every aspect of their team. After 6 straight losing seasons and 11 straight seasons without a playoff appearance, is this year the year? Well, their offseason resume certainly speaks for itself.
Quarterback: The quarterback room is the same as it was last year, with one difference, that being Zach Wilson (2021 2nd Overall Pick) is heading into his 2nd season after an up-and-down rookie year. Stock-Up for a 2nd year leap.
Running Back: The Jets added RB Breece Hall via the draft to an already talented group of RBs. With Mike Carter’s elusiveness and Hall’s explosiveness, the ground game will be the strength of this offense. Stock-Up for young talent.
Wide Receiver: New York used the 10th overall pick to select the well-rounded WR, Garrett Wilson out of Ohio State. They re-signed Swiss Army Knife, Braxton Berrios. They get back a healthy Corey Davis, who they hope can live up to his contract. Last but certainly not least, they have Elijah Moore, who can do it all. Going into his 2nd year, he’ll look to mold into a true #1 receiver. Stock-Up for the talent and versatility.
Tight End: The Jets got rid of their Tight Ends of last year and replaced them with 2 quality starters in CJ Uzomah and Tyler Conklin, along with 3rd round pick Jeremy Ruckert. Stock-Up for the competition of proven starting-caliber TEs.
Offensive Line: Joe Douglas did a great job this offseason grabbing depth pieces, along with Pro-Bowl guard, Laken Tomlinson. Alijah Vera-Tucker heads into his 2nd year after a promising rookie campaign. George Fant and Connor McGovern look to build on their strong play from a year ago. Lastly, Mekhi Becton aims to be healthy for his 3rd year after missing 16 games last year. Stock-Up, barring another Mekhi Becton injury.
Defensive Line: Depth pieces, Quinnen Williams in a contract year, the long-awaited debut of Carl Lawson, and the selection of Jermaine Johnson in the first round. Stock-WAY Up for the emergence of 2 true edge rushers.
Linebacker: The Jets didn’t add to their linebacking core during the offseason, and this could be a serious cause of concern. It projects as the weakest part of their team. Stock-Down unless CJ Mosely can return to his Pro Bowl form during his days in Baltimore.
Safety: The Jets get Lamarcus Joyner back after he missed the entire season last year. They also bring in Jordan Whitehead . Despite two quality additions, the loss of Marcus Maye will prove insurmountable. Stock-Down.
Cornerback: The Jets selected one of the most versatile and physically impressive CBs coming out of college in recent memory, Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner They also signed an overlooked corner with an impressive resume, in DJ Reed. Stock-Up for the playmaking ability added to this room.
On Paper, the Jets significantly improved, but the your million dollar question, can this carry over into September and beyond…We shall see.