Additional New York Jets Info
The New York Jets suffered through an abysmal 2018 season, finishing the year just 4-12. This led the team to fire head coach Todd Bowles and replace him with former Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase. The primary reason Gase was hired is due to his history of working with young quarterbacks which bolds well for the Jets young starter Sam Darnold.
This offseason, the team’s first order of business was to release running back Isaiah Crowell. In free agency, they signed wide receivers Josh Bellamy and Jamison Crowder, cornerback Brian Poole, linebacker C.J. Mosley, offensive guard Tom Compton, quarterback Trevor Siemian, and running back Ty Montgomery. Their big acquisition was former Pittsburgh Steelers running Le’Veon Bell, who sat out the 2018 season due to a contract dispute, which of course has been well documented. Their last move before the draft was to sign former AAF quarterback Brandon Silvers. So with Silvers, Siemian, and Davis Webb, there will be plenty of competition to be the backup to Sam Darnold.
The Jets priority for the draft was to bring in help for that defensive line. Mission accomplished. With the third selection overall, they took monstrous defensive tackle Quinnen Williams from Alabama. With their third-round draft choice, which was their second pick, they took high motor defensive end Jachai Polite from Florida. With their second selection in the third round, they added offensive tackle Chuma Edoga from USC, who could turn into a starter down the road. In round for they added a potential pass catcher for Darnold, tight end Trevon Wesco from West Virginia. In round five they added fresh legs to their linebacking unit in Blake Cashman from Minnesota. They finished their draft with cornerback Blessuan Austin from Rutgers.
The Jets have a new head coach, a direction, a good young quarterback, and are adding talent around that quarterback. Slowly but surely, the Jets are on their way up.
The New York Jets finished 2017 with a record of 5-11, putting them in last place in the AFC East, but still, it was a few more wins more than most expected they would have. After the season was over, they made several coaching changes like most teams do. The most notable being the promotion of Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator. To kick off the rest of the offseason, they released defensive end Muhammed Wilkerson.
The Jets then went to work in free agency, making a slew of signings: They acquired running back Thomas Rawls, wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, tight end Bucky Hodges, center Travis Swanson, linebacker Kevin Minter, and wide receiver Quincy Eununwa. In the draft, they needed a franchise quarterback and they got him. USC’s Sam Darnold, third overall, will now be leading the team. So even though they didn’t finish 1-15 with the top overall selection, they did quite nicely in the draft. In round three they picked up Nathan Shepard, a defensive tackle from Fort Hayes State to help rebuild their defensive line and in round four they picked up Chris Herndon, the Miami Tight End. If Darnold works out, the Jets could be “good to go” for a while.
The New York Jets were founded in 1960 and have often been called the “other team” in New York. They were originally called the New York Titans from 1960-1963 before changing their name to the Jets. Throughout their history, the Jets have called four buildings home. First they played at Polo Grounds from 1960-1963. From 1964-1983 they played at Shea Stadium. In 1984 they moved into Giants Stadium were they would remain and in 2010 they moved into the new MetLife Stadium. The Jets have made the playoffs 14 times and have won the Super Bowl once, the year before the AFL NFL Merger in 1969.
The New York Jets had a disappointing 2016 season. They finished the year with a 5-11 record, good for last place in the AFC, and four games back of the second wild card team. The problem for the Jets is that the organization seems to be stuck in mediocrity for far too long. What was the team’s remedy this offseason? They decided to let the bottom fall out, so they can move on. The owners approved of a “veteran purge” like fans have never seen before.
The team released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, center Nick Mangold, cornerback Darrelle Revis, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, llinebacker David Harris, and wide receiver Eric Decker. They also traded Calvin Pryor, a former first round draft choice, to the Cleveland Browns.
As for signing veterans, they did make a couple of small moves. They signed cornerback Morris Claiborne and quarterback Josh McCown to one-year contracts. McCown will be a placeholder, while they figure out what they are going to do long term.
The Jets did most of their work in the draft, as is the case with many teams in 2017. They spent their first two draft choices on safeties, Jamal Adams from LSU in round one, and Marcus Maye from Florida in round two. Both players will be expected to start from day one. They spent their next two draft choices on wide receivers, ArDarius Stewart from Alabama, and Chad Hansen from California. With the veteran wide receiver purge both players could be starters. They also added tight end Jordan Leggett from Clemson and he will be expected to contribute early as well. This is a young team now, and good on the organization for finally realizing that you can't let yourself be stuck in mediocrity.