Tis’ the season. If you are new around here, this is our annual prediction article for the upcoming New York Jets season. Previous years are linked below…
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On to the predictions, which also include prop bets to consider at the bottom (with the lines pulled from DraftKings).
1 – Sam Darnold will take a notable leap forward in year two, finishing with 30 touchdowns, 3,700 passing yards, 14 interceptions and a completion percentage of 60.9. He will also rush for 195 yards with 2 touchdowns and lose 3 fumbles throughout the season. Darnold will start all 16 games for the Jets.
2 – Robby Anderson will lead the Jets in receiving yards, finishing with 1,075 for his first season over 1K. He will receive a new contract from the team shortly after the season. Anderson will also lead the Jets in receiving touchdowns with 8.
3 – Le’Veon Bell will finish with 1,090 yards rushing and 450 yards receiving with a total of 9 touchdowns over the course of 14 games. He will not take on a true “lead back” workload until after the team’s bye week.
4 – Trumaine Johnson will play an inconsistent 12 games for the Jets in 2019 and struggle as the team’s de facto lead corner. Despite his contract structure, the team will still cut him after this season.
5 – The Jets will be 2-4 after their first six games.
6 – Quinnen Williams will receive a handful of votes for Defensive Rookie of the Year and rack up 5.5 sacks in his first season, narrowly finishing behind Henry Anderson who will lead the team with 7 sacks.
7 – The Jets will play much more 4-3 than 3-4 this season but outside of CJ Mosley will get a generally disappointing season from the rest of their linebacker group. Jordan Jenkins will regress slightly from his production in 2018 as he struggles to adapt to Gregg Williams scheme.
8 – Leonard Williams will have a good, not great contract season and ultimately not receive a new contract from the team in the offseason as the team looks to divert more financial resources to other positions. He will finish with 5.5 sacks on the season.
9 – Jamison Crowder will lead all Jets receivers in targets and receptions, finishing with 72 for 760 yards with 4 touchdowns. He will play in at least 14 games this year.
10 – The Jets will finish 4-2 in the AFC East, their best record in the division since 2010.
11 – The Jets will be 5-5 through ten games.
12 – Quincy Enunwa will finish with 575 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns over the course of 13 games. He will be back with the team in 2020.
13 – Chris Herndon will immediately be heavily integrated into the offense when he returns after four games. He will finish the season with 475 yards and 5 touchdowns.
14 – Ty Montgomery will be heavily involved in the Jets offense all season, catching 3 touchdowns and rushing for 2 more. He will finish with 500 total yards of offense on the season.
15 – Jamal Adams will take another step forward in 2019 and finish first team All-Pro at safety. He will finish with 3.5 sacks and 3 interceptions.
16 – Marcus Maye will play in 11 of the Jets 16 games, struggling to consistently stay healthy. Matthias Farley will be his primary replacement.
17 – The Jets will finish top 12 in offensive DVOA.
18 – The Jets will finish between 24-28 in defensive DVOA and between 20-24 in special teams DVOA. They will switch kickers and returners multiple times throughout the season and lose at least one game due to their kicking situation.
19 – Blake Cashman will struggle early in the season on defense but gradually carve out a bigger role as the year progresses. He will finish up playing 30% of the team’s defensive snaps but be poised for a clear starting role in 2020 as the team will move on from Avery Williamson.
20 – Trevon Wesco will not play a substantial role on the team this season and be a bubble roster player in 2020. He will have less than 10 catches and not play on offense in the back half of the season.
21 – The Jets offensive line will stay relatively healthy throughout 2019 and they will get a strong season from Kelechi Osemele, who will be back in 2020. The team will move on from Brian Winters and Ryan Kalil after this season and also aggressively look for a Brandon Shell replacement. Kelvin Beachum will start another 16 games and be competent.
22 – The Jets will cycle through 4-5 different backups at the cornerback position throughout the year. Brian Poole will be a slight upgrade to what Buster Skrine was last season and Daryl Roberts will be a slightly below average starter. Nate Hairston and Arthur Maulet will struggle substantially if given any meaningful playing time.
23 – The Jets will be 7-6 going into their final 3 games.
24 – Josh Bellamy will have 200 yards receiving and 1 touchdown. Ryan Griffin will have 175 yards receiving and 1 touchdown.
25 – Greg Dortch will be placed on the active roster at some point this season. Nathan Shepherd will not be on the roster when the season is over. Trenton Cannon will not be the kick returner when the season is over.
26 – Bilal Powell will have 200 total yards of offense and 2 touchdowns in his final NFL season.
27 – The Jets will beat New England in one of their two games, split with Buffalo and sweep Miami.
28 – The Jets will beat the Giants.
29 – The Jets will fire Gregg Williams and Brant Boyer after the 2019 season.
30 – The Jets will finish 8-8 and not make the playoffs for the ninth year in a row. Adam Gase will return as the Head Coach with a playoff mandate in 2020.
Jets Prop Bets (via DraftKings)
- Sam Darnold OVER 22.5 touchdown passes
- Jets OVER 7.5 wins
- Sam Darnold OVER 3,600.5 yards passing
- Le’Veon Bell UNDER 1,125.5 yards rushing