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…And now 12 predictions for the 2018 New York Jets that are absolutely subject to change because it is only June.
1 – Robby Anderson will play in at least 15 games this season and pass 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. The Jets are going to carry six receivers on their roster: Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, Jermaine Kearse, Terrelle Pryor, Chad Hansen and Andre Roberts as the primary kick returner. If Roberts is beat out by Trenton Cannon for the return job than ArDarius Stewart would be WR6 over Devin Smith, Charone Peake or Charles Johnson.
2 – Thomas Rawls is going to lead the Jets in preseason carries but be cut after the final preseason game. The Jets are not going to give a heavy workload to Bilal Powell and Isiah Crowell over the summer and are high on Elijah McGuire as a pass catching option out of the backfield.
3 – Despite his recent arrest, Chris Herndon will be on the 2018 roster and be playing meaningful snaps right out of the gate as a rookie at tight end. Eric Tomlinson will also be making the roster because of his blocking ability. The Jets have carried an abnormally high amount of tight ends in the previous years under Bowles/Maccagnan so it wouldn’t surprise me if they kept four with both Jordan Leggett and Neal Sterling sticking around, although only keeping one of the two probably makes more sense.
4 – Despite his strong OTAs and minicamp, the Jets will ultimately trade Teddy Bridgewater before week 1 and roll with two quarterbacks all season. The decision will be driven by Sam Darnold looking ready to play either in week 1 or very early in the season and by a desire to get collateral back for Bridgewater, instead of seeing him walk in free agency after this season.
5 – Courtney Upshaw has more name recognition than most, if not all, of the Jets current outside linebackers but he still won’t make the final 53. The Jets will keep David Bass and Lorenzo Mauldin as the primary backups to Jordan Jenkins and Josh Martin, in a defense that will not frequently be using two outside linebackers at the same time.
6 – The Jets will carry four safeties all season: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, JJ Wilcox and Terrence Brooks, ultimately moving on from both Rontez Miles and Doug Middleton. The Jets will carry six cornerbacks all season: Trumaine Johnson, Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine, Parry Nickerson, Daryl Roberts and Jeremy Clark.
7 – Avery Williamson will only play about 70% of the Jets total snaps on defense as he will regularly be replaced by Kevin Pierre-Louis on third downs and in passing situations. Kevin Minter will gradually eat away at Darron Lee’s playing time as the season moves along.
8 – Morris Claiborne will miss at least 5 games this season due to injury, leading to far too much playing time for Buster Skrine on the outside. The Jets will make another major investment in cornerback before the 2019 season.
9 – Henry Anderson will be the starter opposite Leonard Williams at defensive end, with Steve McLendon at nose tackle. However, Mike Pennel and Nathan Shepherd will play a substantial amount as part of the defensive line rotation.
10 – After being 5-6 point underdogs in week 1 vs. Detroit, the Jets will be favorites at home vs. Miami in week 2 and be PK or a slight favorite in week 3 vs. Cleveland.
11 – The Jets will carry 9 offensive lineman to start the season: Kelvin Beachum, Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Spencer Long, James Carpenter, Dakota Dozier, Ben Ijalana, Travis Swanson and Brent Qvale.
12 – Based on how their 2018 role with the team will play out, the current most overrated players by fans are Bridgewater, Kearse, Claiborne, Williamson, and Winters. The most underrated players are Beachum, Anderson, Martin, Tomlinson, Herndon and the Crowell/Powell duo.
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