Darnold, Bell, and Jets Looking to Take Next Step
The New York Jets finally ended the Todd Bowles era after another losing season. Bowles did not have much of a chance for success last year. The Jets drafted Sam Darnold third overall and became the full-time starter by October. The roster had several holes as the team planned on having a significant amount of cap space going in the offseason.
Jets Current State
The Jets signed running back Le’Veon Bell, middle linebacker C.J. Mosely, and wide receiver Jamison Crowder. Bell and Mosley both have been named first or second-team All-Pro in the past.
The Jets also drafted Outland Trophy winner defensive lineman Quinnen Williams third overall. Williams is expected to be an anchor on the Jets defensive front for the next decade. Williams and Mosley immediately improve the Jets defensive front. The Jets also have first-team All-Pro safety Jamal Adams in their defensive backfield.
Darnold’s continued development should expedite with the addition of Bell one of the best multi-purpose backs in the league. Bell sat out the entire 2018 season in a contract dispute with the Steelers, and fresh legs could lead to a big season for the Jets ground game.
Adam Gase the Jets new head coach has had success in the past with getting the most out of quarterbacks. Gase will look to do similar work with Darnold in his development. Darnold in late December dueled with Aaron Rodgers and proved he had the moxie to play at this level in the final quarter of the season.
The Jets will go as far as Darnold’s arm, Gase’s guidance, and the new-look defense under the direction of Gregg Williams take them. The Jets are projected to win seven and a half games. I believe the Jets will win at least eight games this season.
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