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A very special, vey extended season opening edition, featuring 30 predictions for the 2017 New York Jets. Check back every Friday all season long for predictions on each of the Jets individual games…
1 – Robby Anderson will finish with over 900 yards receiving and at least 5 touchdowns. He will lead all receivers in yardage and receptions by a substantial margin.
2 – All three current rostered Jets quarterbacks: Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg will start at some point this season.
3 – Leonard Williams will lead the Jets in sacks with 10.5.
4 – The Jets will finish 2-4 in the AFC East.
5 – Muhammad Wilkerson will be better than last season but not as good as in 2015, finishing with 7.5 sacks and returning to the team in 2018.
6 – Bilal Powell will finish with 1,250 total offensive yards and 7 total touchdowns.
7 – Matt Forte will play in less than 10 games for the Jets this year.
8 – Christian Hackenberg will finish with more interceptions than touchdowns this season.
9 – Morris Claiborne will miss at least three games due to injury but when healthy, will easily be the team’s best corner over the past two years.
10 – Bryce Petty will be better than he was in 2016 and show enough to be considered the long term backup quarterback.
11 – Elijah McGuire will finish with 450 total yards of offense as a rookie.
12 – Jamal Adams will be up and down at times but finish the season strong. He will not receive any votes for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
13 – Marcus Maye will have just as good, if not a slighty better rookie season than Adams.
14 – The Jets will start 2-4 or 3-3, substantially better than most expect, leading to a rash of irrational “BRNG MCCOWN BACK IN 2018” takes.
15 – ArDarius Stewart will finish with 25 catches and 1 touchdown in his rookie year.
16 – Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be the team’s second most productive receiver (after Anderson) when he returns. He will cement himself as the team’s 2018 starting tight end.
17 – Tackle will be ongoing issue for the Jets all season long. Kelvin Beachum, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale and Ben Ijalana will all start games at some point.
18 – The Jets will go 0-4 against the NFC South.
19 – Jordan Jenkins will start 16 games and finish with 6 sacks, locking himself in as a 2018 starter.
20 – Juston Burris will struggle in an expanded role and look more like a backup corner than a starter moving forward.
21 – Darron Lee will improve on last season but still struggle to make a substantial impact in most weeks.
22 – Demario Davis will be substantially better than he was in 2015 for the Jets.
23 – Chad Hansen won’t play much until the second half of the season, finishing with 15 catches and 1 touchdown.
24 – Jordan Leggett will have a quiet rookie year, struggling with injuries and getting playing time with Seferian-Jenkins and Will Tye in front of him.
25 – Dylan Donahue will have 2 sacks or less.
26 – Chandler Catanzaro and Kalif Raymond will be released at some point this season.
27 – Josh Martin will play the most reps at outside linebacker besides Jordan Jenkins.
28 – Kony Ealy will finish the season with 4 sacks and be a decent rotational piece on the Jets front seven.
29 – The Jets will finish 5-11 and pick somewhere between 4th and 7th in the NFL Draft.
30 – Both Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan will be back in 2018.
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