It has been nine years since the Jets were in the playoffs and that was when Rex Ryan’s team reached the AFC Championship game, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-19. There has been a lot of changes in the off-season in New Jersey which has left Jets fans optimistic about the campaign ahead.
Here are three reasons why the Jets could reach the playoffs at the end of the 2019 regular season.
New @nyjets RB Le’Veon Bell is a walking highlight reel. 👏
— NFL (@NFL) August 10, 2019
Le’Veon Bell can record league high numbers
The Jets wasted no time spending $112 million of their salary space on free agents in the off-season with the pick of their acquisitions being running-back Le’Veon Bell who they won the battle to sign ahead of a number of NFL franchises. The three-time Pro Bowler has rushed for over 1000 yards in three of his five seasons in the NFL, and Bell will certainly have a point to prove after sitting out last year. He is the best dual-threat running back in the league today. It would be no surprise to see Bell top the league in rushing yards and his threat from the backfield is going to add a new dimension to the Jets’ offense.
Sam Darnold should improve on debut campaign
The arrival of Bell is going to take the pressure off Sam Darnold’s arm as you don’t acquire a player like Bell and not the run the ball much. The USC graduate had a mixed campaign last year as a rookie. He played 13 games and finished with a record of 4-9. His biggest weakness was the number of picks he threw. With the experience now under his belt, expect to see Darnold start to shine and justify why he was selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
New head coach Adam Gase has been hired to help Darnold so he is going to have a great mentor to lean on in 2019. With their QB in his second year now, the Jets are +600 to win the AFC East for those who make them one of their NFL picks for a division which has been dominated by the New England Patriots over the last decade.
Quinnen Williams can make an immediate impact
— New York Post (@nypost) August 7, 2019
After finishing 2018 with a disappoint 4-12 record, the Jets had the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. They used that selection to acquire Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams who has lightning speed and has been tipped to have an immediate impact in the NFL. Defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams has so many weapons at his disposal so expect them to be at the top end of the sacks standings, with their new rookie star likely to have his fair share of those in his debut season.
The Jets begin their 2019 NFL campaign against the Buffalo Bills at the Metlife Stadium on September 8 where they will be hoping to make a winning start to the season which offers so much optimism.