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The New York Jets are probably going to be bad this season, regardless let’s look through the most optimistic lens possible at what has been done this offseason and what could be on the way. Next week we will take the opposite approach with a pessimist edition.
1. Mike Maccagnan has taken the proper approach to the Jets rebuild. The free agent signings he made before 2015 were mandates from Woody Johnson to field a competitive team and he was forced to follow a similar approach before 2016. Despite limited success through two years, the Jets still have cap flexibility going forward and an intriguing collection of young talent that is being underestimated by many around the league. He is a lifetime scout and Jets fans should trust his judgement.
2. Josh McCown is the ideal bridge quarterback to Christian Hackenberg. He is a pro’s pro who will show him how to approach the game, while allowing the Jets to stay competitive with him behind center. McCown can thrive with a decent supporting cast and will be an upgrade over what Ryan Fitzpatrick did last year.
3. Christian Hackenberg has all the tools to be a franchise quarterback and the Jets are handling his development perfectly. By the end of this season, he will be ready to step under center as a starter. Jeremy Bates will improve his mechanical flaws and Hackenberg has already made strides in the building in the way he carries himself.
4. The Jets have hit on multiple mid and late round picks that will build out their roster strength. Brandon Shell, Juston Burris, Deon Simon, Jordan Jenkins and Lorenzo Mauldin are all going to be capable starters.
5. Darron Lee showed enough promise in his rookie year to believe he can take sophomore strides like Leonard Williams did. He will be a key playmaker in the middle for the team going forward.
6. Todd Bowles learned his lesson about how to use Sheldon Richardson the Jets will get the most out of him, Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson this season. At the end of the year, the Jets may need to consider giving Richardson a long term deal.
7. Speaking of Wilkerson, he was hurt last year which impacted his performance. He will bounce back this year and be an All-Pro player.
8. ArDarius Stewart was a steal in third round and will be a high impact rookie to compliment Quincy Enunwa, who is an ascending star and Eric Decker who is still great when healthy. Chad Hansen is an ideal, situational deep threat.
9. Kelvin Beachum will be the player he was in Pittsburgh and lock down the Jets left tackle position for the next 3-5 years. Wes Johnson is the perfect in house replacement for Nick Mangold.
10. James Carpenter and Brian Winters are quietly one of the best guard duos in the NFL. Carpenter will be a Pro Bowl player in 2017.
11. Bilal Powell and Matt Forte will be a strong combination at running back, both will be dual threats out of the backfield and come near 1,000 yards rushing. Forte could be worth keeping around for another season after 2017.
12. The Jets are a .500 or slightly better team, who have their quarterback of the future in place with Christian Hackenberg.
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