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While I am not a jersey wearing guy myself at this point (I prefer t-shirts or quarter zips, COUGH COUGH), they are still the apparel of choice for most fans. What are the smartest New York Jets jerseys to invest in heading into the 2018 season? Here is a very subjective ranking of the top 12…
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12 – Trumaine Johnson: It is always a risky proposition to invest in a free agent’s jersey before he takes a single snap for the team but with Johnson’s contract, he should be around for at least 2-3 years as the team’s lead cornerback. If anybody is going to break the Jets defensive touchdown streak, it is likely to be Johnson and this is less of a predictable purchase than the names ranked higher on this list so STAND OUT a bit by going with the highly paid cornerback.
11 – Robby Anderson/Quincy Enunwa: For Anderson, he was the Jets best offensive player in 2017 and the guy who will score the most highlight reel touchdowns. There are some minor risks here with his previous off the field trouble but it is still more likely than not, he is around the next few years and only gets better. Enunwa is returning from a serious injury but had an impressive 2016 and could very well end up being the team lead’s receiver, depending on how Jeremy Bates uses him.
10 – David Harris: The throwback to the successful stretch of 2008-2011 Jets seasons. Harris is arguably the best linebacker in franchise history and will be in the Ring of Honor sooner rather than later. Less common than a Darrelle Revis jersey and without the ugly offensive line number of a Nick Mangold jersey, Harris is a sound investment that you can credibly where as long as you wearing Jets jerseys.
9 – Mark Gastineau: The 1980s New York Sack Exchange throwback. A random Mark Gastineau story. During the 2007 season, I had the opportunity to sit in a box seat for the Jets/Redskins game with one of my buddies from college (an Eagles fan, who was wearing a throwback Reggie White jersey). Gastineau and his wife swung by our box for greetings and he immediately started signing everything: tickets, programs, t-shirts, napkins on the floor. In the middle of a conversation with my friend, he randomly took out a black permanent marker and signed his Reggie White jersey. My friend was dumbfounded and still hasn’t been able to get the signature off.
8 – Nick Mangold: The recent “throwback,” Mangold was a fan favorite throughout the past decade or so with Jets fans and still remains one. Similar to the Harris jersey, a safe investment for the long term and you are showing love to the BIG UGLIES up front.
7 – Joe Klecko: Another 1980s New York Sack Exchange throwback. Klecko is more of a fan favorite than Gastineau and still remains the Jets most prominent Hall of Fame snub.
6 – Joe Namath: The classic. The Jets most famous player and a timeless jersey that has been wearable for fans the past five decades and will be for the next five decades.
5 – Curtis Martin: The Jets most recent Hall of Famer and the best ambassador for the team off the field in franchise history. Curtis Martin is just about everything you want on and off the field from a player on your team, so this jersey is never a bad choice if you want a “throwback.”
4 – Marcus Maye: On to the current jerseys! Maye is less popular than the more highly drafted Jamal Adams but had just as encouraging of a rookie season. If you don’t want the same jersey as everybody else in the stadium (see the three names below) Maye is a good choice.
3 – Leonard Williams: The 2015 first round pick who is all but guaranteed to get a second contract from the team. Williams is only 23 years old and should have a long career for the Jets. Let’s hope those sack numbers start ticking up a bit, though.
2 – Jamal Adams: The 2017 first round pick and current fan favorite (not counting the god himself, Sam Darnold). Adams is an easy to player to root for as a fan and is already the team’s emotional leader heading into his second season.
1 – Sam Darnold: The FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK. Let’s hope a Darnold jersey is useful for the next 15-20 (25?) years.
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