EAST RUTHERFORD- The New York Jets could surprise a lot of fans and reporters this year with all of the young talent they assembled the last few years. The offense will be particularly interesting and the Jets may not be the team to take lightly. Let’s consider the first round selections of both Cincinnati Bearcats cornerback Ahmad Gardener and Ohio State receiver Garrett Wilson. This two selections were splash picks to address both sides of the team. This should bode well for the success of the team in 2022. Wilson (1,058 receiving yards, 12 touchdowns in 2021) joins a young, up and coming receiving corps of Elijah Moore, Corey Davis and Denzel Mims. The selection of Right Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker in the previous draft will also be key to the offense’s success. The Jets are building a young, vibrant and exciting roster overall.
The Jets also selected Iowa State running back Breece Hall who was one of the top playmakers in college football last year. Hall ran for 1,472 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. In 2020 he ran for 1,572 yards and 21 touchdowns.
If that’s not exciting enough, let’s also consider the fact that Quarterback Zach Wilson added over ten pounds of muscle this off-season. He’ll be able to throw with even better velocity and improved accuracy.
It’s important to beat in mind that college football success isn’t always indicative of probable NFL success. The thought process of the Jets General Manager seems intriguing though and it’s easy to see what the Jets are trying to build right now.
The Jets put an emphasis on building on offense that can score quickly and often. It’s important to realize that old-school football and playing solid defense aren’t quite a thing of the past. Although these two aspects aren’t enough on their own, they’re still integral parts of building a winning football team.
The issue is the Jets are clearly in one of the top divisions in the NFL. The competition could be as good as well see in the AFC North and NFC West.
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