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Summer has arrived, which means it is time for a 30 pack…of far too early predictions on the New York Jets 2017 season. I reserve the right to change all of these in August when I make another set of predictions. Enjoy!
1. Leonard Williams will lead the Jets defense in sacks, finishing with 10. Muhammad Wilkerson will be second with 8.5.
2. Sheldon Richardson will be traded before the deadline.
3. Steve McLendon will play less than 40% of the total defensive snaps and be released after the 2017 season.
4. Lawrence Thomas will carve out a rotational spot on the defensive line and be a key special teams player.
5. David Harris will retire after the 2017 season but in his final year will lead the Jets in tackles and finish with 3 sacks.
6. Darron Lee will improve on his rookie season but still be a liability more than a playmaker on the Jets defense.
7. Lorenzo Mauldin and Jordan Jenkins will combine for 10 sacks and both settle into being competent starters.
8. Both Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, particularly Maye will have growing pains early in the season after being week 1 starters. Adams will finish the season extremely strong and be involved with 5 turnovers by the year’s end. Maye will have 2 interceptions his rookie year.
9. Buster Skrine will miss at least 4 games due to injury and be released after the 2017 season.
10. Morris Claiborne will be the Jets best corner but miss 3-5 games due to injury. Marcus Williams and Juston Burris will split the majority of the other reps on the outside.
11. Calvin Pryor will not be on the Jets opening day roster.
12. Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones will not make an impact as rookies on the Jets defense.
13. Chandler Catanzaro will be the Jets kicker. ArDarius Stewart will be the Jets kick returner.
14. Lachland Edwards will be the Jets punter. Elijah McGuire will be the Jets punt returner.
15. Rontez Miles will be the team’s third safety and a core special teams player.
16. Eric Decker will lead the Jets in receptions. Quincy Enunwa will lead the Jets in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and yards per catch.
17. Quinton Patton, Jalin Marshall, Gabe Marks and KD Cannon will not make the Jets roster.
18. Bilal Powell will lead the Jets in rushing yards, receiving yards for a running back and yards per carry.
19. Matt Forte will average less than 15 touches per game. Elijah McGuire will take playing time from him in the final month of the season.
20. Jordan Leggett and Austin Seferian-Jenkins will split time at tight end. Neither player will have more than 25 receptions.
21. Chad Hansen will have at least three receptions over 30 yards his rookie year.
22. ArDarius Stewart will have at least 30 catches but a YPC under 11 yards and 2 or less touchdowns.
23. Robby Anderson will have less yards receiving than last year but more touchdowns.
24. Bryce Petty will not start any games for the Jets or play any meaningful reps.
25. Josh McCown will start week 1 for the Jets and be competent en route to a 3-3 start, leading to demands from NYDN for him to receive a contract extension.
26. Christian Hackenberg will start at least the last 6 games of the season for the Jets.
27. Christian Hackenberg will not do enough to quiet demands for the Jets to take a quarterback in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
28. Both Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan will be back for the 2018 season.
29. Brandon Shell will be the team’s starting right tackle and be competent. Kelvin Beachum will be team’s starting left tackle and be inconsistent but put together a better season than he did for Jacksonville last year, starting all 16 games.
30. The Jets will finish 6-10.
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