The Jets are going into this season ranked as my 26th best team. I have them winning 6 games this year and finishing 4th in the AFC East and 14th in the AFC. Below is my in-depth breakdown of the team by position, staff, and fantasy worth.
Coaching: D-; Adam Gase is definitely not the coach that the Jets should have leading their team. Gase is a poor overall coach, but what makes him very bad is his negative effect on players. Since leaving Miami, players that he once coached that weren’t considered great have improved. Ryan Tannehill has found success in Tennessee and Kenyan Drake and Devante Parker have been much improved since he left along with others. Members of the Jets team seem to dislike Gase. It really is a no-brainer to fire him.
QB: B+; I think Darnold is much better than people give him credit for. He has never enjoyed having a great offensive line and a plethora of weapons, but he has still been good. In 13 games, Darnold had a winning record (7-6). He threw for 3,024 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He had an impressive touchdown % of 4.3. I really do believe that with the right team around him, he could be a great quarterback.
RB: B-; Since being a pro-bowler with the Steelers in 2017, Le'veon Bell has fallen off a cliff. He had a disgraceful 789 yards and 3 touchdowns last season in the 15 games he started. He only averaged 3.2 yards per carry. It was an absolutely pitiful season for a player of his caliber. I still think that Bell could be a decent player, but his running style does not match the Jets team. He requires a good offensive line so he can buy time in the backfield to find holes. I don’t think he will ever return to the level he played at with the Steelers because his patient running style is very easy to counter with the right scheme. He does possess the talent to be a very formidable back, however. With the addition of Frank Gore, this Jets team has a very above average running back two. Gore will likely be playing his last season, but he still can be a decent rotational player.
WR: C+; I really loved the draft pickup of Denzel Mims. I really think that pulling him in the second round was a steal. I just don’t think that a raw, rookie wide receiver could turn this group around. Jamison Crowder is a little underrated, but he is still not a fantastic player. Crowder had a bit ver 800 yards and 6 touchdowns in the receiving game last season, but he is no elite number 1 guy. Breshad Perriman should be an average wide receiver 2. He has a decent amount of speed. The Jets don’t have any stars at the moment in this group, and they don’t have a whole lot of depth. They do have some underrated talent and a lot of potential, though, so a C+ seems like a fair grade.
TE: D-; Their starter at tight end, Ryan Griffin, is no star. In the 13 games that he played last season, he had 320 yards and 5 touchdowns. Not a very jaw-dropping performance. Other than him, Chris Herdon and Daniel Brown don’t stand out as elite players.
O-line: C; The Jets added a lot of offensive line talent in the off-season. They got 3 starters in free agency with the pickups of Greg Van Roten, Connor McGovern, and Alex Lewis. They also added a tackle to compete with Mekhi Becton at left tackle with George Fant. Speaking of Mekhi Becton, they drafted him at 11th overall. This group should be better this year, but there is a lot of turnover and inexperience in the line, so I can’t grade it higher than a C.
D-line: D+; Quinnen Williams definitely has a lot of upside, but he didn’t show much in his first year. He could be a breakout candidate for this season, but as of now he is just an average player at best. It was smart to take a defensive end in the draft, but taking one in the 4th round seems a bit too late. It really is a position of need that the Jets have not thoroughly addressed. Their pick, Jabari Zuniga, looks to be the starter. Hopefully he can shock some people, but I doubt it. Other than those two, there is not really a lot of bright side to this group. The Jets definitely need to address this in the coming season if they want to win.
LB: B+; Avery Williamson is a pretty good middle linebacker for the Jets. He can really roam the field and pick up a lot of tackles. Last year, he put up 120 total tackles along with 5 tackles for loss and 6 quarterback hits. CJ Mosely is an incredibly good linebacking talent. In 5 healthy years in the NFL, he has appeared in 4 pro bowls. Last year, he broke his 3 year pro bowl streak due to only playing in 2 games. Expect him to bounce back next year once he is healthy. On the other side of Mosely, Jordan Jenkins is a decent outside linebacker. Though he doesn’t blow anyone away with his raw talent, he is very formidable.
DB: B-; A quick disclaimer that I am writing this assuming that Jamal Adams stays with the Jets. Anyway, this group is underrated. They work very well together as they were ranked 16th best by PFF last year, and they improved a little bit over the offseason. They replaced the losses of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts with Quincy Wilson, Brian Poole, and Pierre Desir. They also drafted Ashtyn Davis in the 3rd round of the draft. He has star potential. Lastly, Jamal Adams is without a doubt one of the best safeties in the NFL. Him and Minkah Fitzpatrick are just absolute game-changers.
Overall: C+; I really don’t think that this team will be tanking this year. Adam Gase’s job is on the line. I like Sam Darnold more than most, and I think that he will be able to win them 5-6 games this year especially in their poor division. Talent-wise they might not be better than the Panthers, Giants, or Jets, but there isn’t a lot of turnover in players. The Jets will retain both their head coach and their starting quarterback, which is very important with the limited OTAs. Sam Darnold could be ready for a breakout year, but I wouldn’t expect it to him to play to his full potential behind a below average offensive line.
Fantasy Value: There has been some buzz around Denzel Mims being a fantasy sleeper, but I don’t think that he will live up to the hype in year one. I really like his quickness and burst, but with limited OTAs, I don’t want the risk of drafting a rookie. Also, he will most likely be the wide receiver two or three with the Jets. I have them at this spot assuming Jamaal Adams will be playing for them this season.