Final 12 Pack of the 2021 Jets Season…

It is the final in season 12 Pack of the year at Badlands and yes another reminder to use promo code “Jets50” at TapRm for $50 off your next order. GET THOSE LOCAL BEERS! 

For today’s article, let’s highlight 2021 season stats to take notice of before concluding with our final picks of the year…

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1 – The DVOA Report: The Jets are currently 20th in offense, 32nd in defense, 3rd in special teams and 26th overall. Coming out of back to back years of being dead last in offense, paired with this fact, that is encouraging progress:

The defense? Not so much. I don’t think anybody thought this defense would be “good” but you can’t compete at 32nd….how about like 24th next season? 22nd? If the offense keeps growing into the top half of the league, then you are talking about a wild card contender.

2 – Zach Wilson: 6 interceptions in last 10 starts. 0 interceptions in last 4 starts. It doesn’t matter how you slice it, this type of care with the football is impressive for a rookie. Wilson has also only lost one fumble so far this season. The touchdown pass number is distressingly low (8) but hurts a bit less when supported by 4 rushing touchdowns. We also need a much higher YPA in 2022…

3 –  Quinnen Williams and John Franklin-Myers, 6 sacks each: Another year with no players sniffing double digits in sacks (see #32 on defense overall!). Frankin-Myers has been sort of meh since his new contract and while Williams has been unquestionably #good, he has been banged up down the stretch and faded just a bit. More edge rushers please, even with Carl Lawson coming back. The edge rushers had 5 TOTAL SACKS THIS SEASON (Huff 2, Shaq Lawson 1, Zuniga 1 and Kyle Phillips 1)

4 – Braxton Berrios: 5 total touchdowns, 1st in NFL in KR average, 1st in NFL in PR average (above 25 returns), 46 receptions, 431 yards. There is no reason with their cap flexibility, the Jets can’t bring Berrios back on a 3 year, 14M dollar type deal with all the money in the first two years. It is important to have a good middle class on your roster and Berrios is a good depth receiver and a great returner. Why not pay him?

5 – Michael Carter: 13 games, 620 rushing yards, 4.5 YPC, 4 TDs, 325 receiving yards: Pretty damn good for a 4th round rookie and reason enough to believe he can be the 1A back next year, supported by a larger north/south threat (with Tevin Coleman for depth!). The Jets

6 – Elijah Moore: 538 receiving yards, 5 TDs, 54 rushing yards, 1 TD: 11 games played: It is a bummer that Moore missed 6 games this season, especially because it hit just as he was heating up. He could have threatened 1K yards with how he looked in the Dolphins, Texans and Eagles game. The Jets offense needs him for 15-17 games in 2022. The talent is clearly there to be a lead receiver…

7 – CJ Mosley: 155 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFLs, 2 PDs, 2 FFs, 15 games played: An impressive return season for Mosley. He hasn’t and isn”t playing up to that crazy Maccagnan contract but he was arguably the best player on the team this year and was one of the few stable pieces on the defense.

8 –  On the Ridley Trade Chatter: It does seem pie in the sky but if Ridley is actually available, he is the type of player (last year’s mental health issues aside) that the Jets should do their due diligence on. With the amount of draft capital they have, could you get him for a conditional second round pick based on playing time and a day three pick or something around there? Ridley opposite Elijah Moore with Corey Davis in the mix is a scary top three, nevermind what is added in the NFL Draft.

9 –  Season Long Losses! 

  • Calvin Ridley most receiving yards (future Jet though?)
  • Jets over 6 wins
  • Wilson over 21.5 TDs (WHOOPS)

10 – Season Long Wins! 

  • Jaguars under 6.5 wins
  • Vikings Not Make Playoffs
  • Jonathan Taylor rushing title
  • Daniel Jones under 3,750 passing yards
  • Washington under 8.5 wins
  • Titans over 9 wins
  • Vikings under 9 wins

11 – NFL Picks:  Chiefs -10.5, Washington -7, Raiders +3

12 –  Jets Pick: Zach Wilson will have another encouraging outing and the Jets will cover but not win, 30-20.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports