Joe Douglas and company had themselves a wonderful offseason to continue the rebuil of New York’s AFC team. This team is far better than last season’s on paper, and that team was dramatically better than the Darnold era Jets. The Jets welcomed what many believed to be four first rounders into the building after drafting Sauce Gardner, Garrett Wilson, Jermaine Johnson II, and Breece Hall. The offensive line welcomes Laken Tomlinson, a familiar face for Coach Robert Saleh from their time together with the 49ers. They will be tasked with protecting Zach Wilson and a great group of running backs. Michael Carter and Breece Hall are competing to lead the charge, and will be supplemented by another familiar face — Tevin Coleman, La’Mical Perine, and Ty Johnson are fighting for RB3.
There wasn’t a single Jets pass catcher to recieve for over 500 yards last season, but that is subject to change in 2022. Second-year man Elijah Moore exploded in limited time last season, and if he stays healthy, we expect Zach Wilson to lean on him heavily. Corey Davis maintains the most physical prowess among the receivers, and rookie Garrett Wilson will be settling into professional football. Where Wilson could use some development, Moore absolutely excels so Jets brass has to hope the 2021 rookie rubs some route running and technical detail onto their 2022 rookie. Braxton Berrios inked an extension over the offseason, and he will join Jeff Smith among other receivers to hash out the bottom of the receiver room.
With a complete overhaul of the tight end room, the dreams of Tyler Kroft and Chris Herndon faded to darkness, and in came the hope that C.J. Uzomah, Tyler Conklin, and Jeremy Ruckert can provide. This is an All-Slate TE unit for Zach Wilson to utilize, and an upgrade that is very below the radar. The value of veteran pass catchers in the middle of the field for a second-year QB to utilize cannot be overstated.
The impact that the addition of a healthy Carl Lawson, Jermaine Johnson II, and Jacob Martin will have alongside another strong lineman in John Franklin-Myers is going to be great to watch. Inside, the Jets added Solomon Thomas (another former Niner) to pair with Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, and Nate Shepherd to form a strong IDL group. Another unit that will reap the rewards of a great offseason is the defensive backs. D.J. Reed, Jordan Whitehead, and Sauce Gardner join Bryce Hall, Brandin Echols, and Lamarcus Joyner to shape out the best group of DBs the Jets have fielded since the Revis Island days.
The Jets will admirably fight for 3rd place in the AFC East this season, as they have a legitimate shot to record their greatest win total in a single-season since 2019 (7).
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