NFL Team Overview Part 1: New York Jets
Welcome to the latest team overview article! The team overview is a series of articles that goes through a team’s draft and offseason. In this Article I will be giving a Draft Grade and overall offseason grade for the New York Jets. I will be going through every NFL team one at a time until I get through all the teams.
We will start with the offseason. The Jets key additions included Wide Receiver Breshad Perriman who will most likely become their number one guy come the start of the season. In Perriman, the Jets get a deep threat. Perriman had spent his career so far with the Ravens =, Browns, and Buccaneers. The Jets also signed veteran running back Frank Gore. Gore spent last season on the Bills. The Jets got QB Sam Darnold some protection signing two good offensive linemen. They signed Greg Van Roten, and center Connor McGovern. Both linemen were signed to three-year deals. On defense the Jets added Cornerback Brian Poole. They re-signed Poole to a one-year deal with The Jets. The Jets also signed Patrick Onwuasor, a linebacker who played with the Ravens. After linebacker CJ Mosely signed with the Jets last offseason, Onwuasor became the starting linebacker. Now Mosely and Onwuasor are reunited. The Jets tend to take former Ravens players a lot. This makes sense considering that Jets GM, Joe Douglas was a former executive with Baltimore.
Those were the notable signings that the Jets made during free agency.
Key losses for the Jets: The Jets lost starting WR Robbie Anderson in free agency this offseason. Anderson signed with the Carolina Panthers. The Jets have been looking to trade S Jamal Adams since last year’s trade deadline. The Cowboys have been rumored to have the most interest in Adams. Receiver Quincy Enunwa who had some good years with New York, will miss his second straight full season with a Neck Injury.
We now move on to the Draft. The Jets made 9 selections. Team needs included: WR, OT, EDGE, and Safety. The Jets grabbed those four positions with their first four picks. Here all the Jets picks from the 2020 NFL Draft. (graph made by CBSsports.com)
ROUND OVERALL PLAYER SELECTED
1 11 OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville
2 59* WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
3 68* S Ashtyn Davis, Cal
3 79 EDGE Jabari Zuniga, Florida
4 120 RB La'Mical Perine, Florida
4 125* QB James Morgan, FIU
4 129* OT Cameron Clark, Charlotte
5 158 CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
6 191 P Braden Mann, Texas A&M
The Jets make a great pick at 11 with Becton. Becton is a powerful player who will do well in the big apple. They grab Denzel Mims in the second round. Many people thought Mims would go in round one so, taking Mims with the 59th overall pick was a great move. Mims will be paired up with Breshad Perriman as the two starting receivers for the Jets. The Jets had two third-round selections. They took a good Safety in Ashtyn Davis and a good Pass Rusher in Zuniga. The Jets grab a solid RB 2 to go with Le’Veon Bell in La’Mical Perine from Florida. The Jets grab a second player form Florida. With their next 4th round pick, the Jets selected James Morgan, a quarterback. Morgan will be Sam Darnold’s backup in New York. Morgan was my biggest quarterback sleeper coming into the draft. You could check that pre-draft article on TecmoHole! Morgan has great arm strength, size and Football IQ. Morgan will be a great depth addition for the Jets. The Jets had one more 4thround pick where they took another offensive lineman. They added some in free agency and had already drafted Tackle Mekhi Becton. Here they grab Cameron Clark from Charlottte. I am interested to see where Clark will fit in the Jets system. In the fifth round they got a steal with Bryce Hall out of Virginia. The Jets grab the Punter for the future in Braden Mann. Mann was the best punter in this draft and some would argue one of the best punter ever to get drafted.
Draft Grade: B+
I give the Jets a B+ because they filled their needs, got some steals, some great depth picks, and good value picks as well.
Overall Offseason Grade: B-
The Jets could’ve made a better effort to resign Robbie Anderson. I felt like they didn’t have a great free agency period as well.
Record Prediction: 5-11
Based off the Jets home and away opponents, I think the Jets will win 5 games and lose 11. The Jets have a pretty tough schedule in 2020.
Place in Division: 4th
I think the Jets finish in 4th place in the AFC East.
The Jets are a hard team to predict because they are a talented roster with a young QB, but sometimes they lose games. Playing in the Big Apple, the Jets have a lot of eyes on them. It would be interesting to see how the Jets will do this year.
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