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New York Jets 2018 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/8/2018.


New York Jets Free Agency Recap


The Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater to compete with Josh McCown for the starting quarterback job. New York also signed running back Isaiah Crowell, wide receiver Terrell Pryor, and center Spencer Long. Trumaine Johnson filled a need at cornerback and was a huge signing in Free Agency to upgrade the defense.



New York Jets Draft Recap


The Jets moved up from 6 to 3 in the 2018 NFL Draft for USC quarterback Sam Darnold. Now the Jets just need to put a good offense around Sam Darnold and groom him to be the quarterback of the future. Nathan Shepherd out of Fort Hays State may end up winning a starting job with the New York Jets.




New York Jets Quarterback Summary: Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Darnold are competing to be the starting quarterback of the New York Jets. Jeremy Bates is still the offesnive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Hopefully he can develop Sam Darnold enough for him to start at some point. Otherwise this will be a wasted season for the New York Jets.


New York Jets Running Back Summary: New York has Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell, and Thomas Rawls at running back. Crowell has three years on his contract, but the Jets can buy him out after one year if he struggles. Powell and Rawls are in contract years with the Jets. New York has good depth at running back to take pressure off of their quarterbacks. Stump Mitchell has done well with the running backs on the New York Jets. I expect this to be an area of strength offensively in 2018.


New York Jets Wide Receiver Summary: The Jets' have Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, and Terrell Pryor as their top three wide receivers. The Jets also have Quincy Enunwa, Chad Hansen, and ArDarius Stewart for depth. Karl Dorrell is a good wide receivers coach and should help the Jets out.


New York Jets Tight End Summary: Eric Tomlinson and Jordan Leggett are competing for the tight end job. Tight end feels like an area that will be a liability for the New York Jets.


New York Jets Offensive Line Summary: New York has four starters returning on the offensive line with Kelvin Beachum at left tackle, James Carpenter at left guard, Spencer Long taking over at center, Brian Winters at right guard, and Brandon Shell returning at right tackle.


Rick Dennison is now the offensive line coach/running game coordinator for the New York Jets. He was an offensive coordinator last year. I feel like this will make the Jets more of a run first team in 2018 even though they will probably operate somewhat of a balanced run first offense.


New York will probably one of the worst teams in points per game, total yards, passing yards, and rushing yards in 2018. The Jets just need to put a good core around Sam Darnold since they could end up using running back, wide receiver, tight end, and offensive tackle upgrades regardless of where they pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.



New York Jets Defensive Line Summary: The New York Jets have Leonard Williams at 3-4 right end, Steve McLendon at nose tackle, and Nathan Shepherd starting next to Williams at 3-4 left end. They also got Henry Anderson for depth at five technique. Robert Nunn did well with this defensive line last year. Defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers specialized returns as the Jets defensive coordinator.


New York Jets Linebacker Summary: Jordan Jenkins is going to play 3-4 left outside linebacker off the edge again. Another pass rusher that can intimidate left tackles is needed though.


Darron Lee showed flashes of potential at 3-4 middle linebacker. Avery Williamson is starting next to Lee at 3-4 middle linebacker. The Jets also have Kevin Minter for depth at 3-4 middle linebacker.


Linebackers coach Mike Caldwell is also the assistant head coach for the New York Jets meaning he takes over as interim head coach for Todd Bowles if Bowles gets fired. Caldwell specializes in developing middle linebackers.


New York Jets Defensive Backs Summary: The Jets have Trumaine Johnson and Morris Claiborne at cornerback. I thought cornerback was a huge issue for the Jets last year, but I have to applaud them for signing Trumaine Johnson. Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye showed promise in their rookie seasons. I expect them to make bigger leaps in their sophomore seasons. Head coach Todd Bowles is known for developing defensive backs so I think the Jets should do well on the secondary. Dennard Wilson was a good defensive backs coach on the Rams so he could work out with the Jets. Wilson was someone who recruited Trumaine Johnson to the New York Jets.


The Jets could have a top 20 defense in points per game, top 25 defense in points per game, a top 20 run defense, and a top 10 pass defense. This team won't get a lot of sacks, but will be very effective as a middle of the pack defense.



New York Jets Special Teams Summary: Cairo Santos is now on the New York Jets. Punter Lac Edwards is starting for the Jets once again. Andre Roberts is the kick returner and punt returner for the New York Jets. Brant Boyer is a horrible special teams coordinator. The Jets still kept him around even when I said they should fire him in my season preview a year ago.




New York Jets Worst Case Scenario: The Jets go 1-15 and Todd Bowles gets fired. This team struggles due to Sam Darnold not being ready along with a lack of a supporting cast.


New York Jets Best Case Scenario: New York goes 5-11 with this team. There is a lot of defensive talent on this team, but I don't think there is enough stability offensively for the Jets to make a huge leap.


New York Jets 2018 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 10
AT
7:10 PM EST
ESPN
L
Week 2
September 16
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 3
September 20
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 4
September 30
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 5
October 7
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 6
October 14
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 7
October 21
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 8
October 28
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 9
November 4
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 10
November 11
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 11
Bye Week
Week 12
November 25
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 13
December 2
VS
4:05 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 14
December 9
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 15
December 15
VS
8 PM EST
NFL Network
W
Week 16
December 23
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 17
December 30
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L


New York Jets 2018 Projected Record (3-13): The New York Jets have a good, but not great defense. A lack of a supporting cast around their quarterback and running back could hurt them. Sam Darnold is the future of this team, but he won't have much success until the supporting cast of this offense improves.









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