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Last week, we did a 12 Pack for the New York Jets optimist. This week we are going to flip the script and lay out the most pessimistic look possible at their upcoming season…
1 – Despite better optics, Mike Maccagnan is in over his head as a GM. This season will prove his 2016 class is shaky as neither Darron Lee or Christian Hackenberg will make major progress and his mid round picks from both 2015 and 2016 will be inconsistent at best.
2 – Josh McCown will be a poor man’s version of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is regularly injured and incompetent in most starts. He will end up starting the most games out of any Jets quarterback this season despite being 38 years old on a team trying to rebuild.
3 – Both Hackenberg and Bryce Petty will start at some point this season. Both will prove they are not serious options for the future, further throwing into question Maccagnan’s ability to make the right quarterback choice in the 2018 NFL Draft.
4 – Kelvin Beachum will look more like the player he was in Jacksonville than the player he was in Pittsburgh. He will get benched at some point for Ben Ijalana, who will also struggle at left tackle. Brandon Shell will be up and down at right tackle.
5 – Morris Claiborne will only play in 8 games as he continues to struggle with injuries. Juston Burris will not be able to handle extended reps on the outside with limited support opposite of him.
6 – Matt Forte will see the same amount of touches as Bilal Powell and substantially more than Elijah McGuire, despite being on track to be released after the season.
7 – Lorenzo Mauldin and Jordan Jenkins will combine for less than 10 sacks and struggle with containment in the running game. The Jets will rotate Dylan Donahue in frequently but he won’t make a consistent impact as a pass rusher.
8 – Demario Davis will be a 2 year older version of the plodding, mediocre inside linebacker he was 2 years ago. Darron Lee will struggle to improve with such incompetence next to him.
9 – Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye will struggle to make impact plays because of how poor the coverage and pass rush is in front of them. Despite showing flashes of talent, they will have a limited number of impact plays.
10 – Lachlan Edwards will be a train wreck and be released mid-season, meaning the Jets used a draft pick on a punter they had to cut after barely one season.
11 – Quincy Enunwa will struggle with increased coverage focused on him, as Robby Anderson doesn’t improve in year two and ArDarius Stewart cannot stay healthy.
12 – The Jets will finish 5-11 thanks to a pair of late season wins and with the 5th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Maccagnan is retained as GM and ultimately will decide to take a running back or pass rusher to compliment Hackenberg at quarterback in 2018.
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