While the summer season brings much enjoyment to the average person, for an NFL fan, it represents a desolate wasteland where Sundays just aren't quite as vibrant as in the autumn months. However, with each passing day, we inch closer to the beginning of the 2023 NFL season, which officially kicks off on September 8 this year.
Whether you've had your favorite team's tweet notifications turned on all summer or if you've decided to tune out all football news entirely, you'll be able to learn everything you need to know about your team going into the 2022-23 season right here.
In today's article, I'll be discussing the New York Jets.
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2021 Season Recap
The Jets competed with the Texans and Jaguars all season long for who would be the worst team in the AFC, and while they finished last in their division, they managed to avoid being last in the whole conference. No one expected New York to accomplish much of anything last year, though they did knock of the Titans and Bengals early in the season, both of which went on to be two of the best teams in the AFC by season end.
The Jets weren't good in any area, but they struggled especially on defense, giving up an average of nearly 30 points per game. With QB Zach Wilson entering his second year and the front office making some nice additions in the draft and free agency, New York should be expected to make some sort of improvement in 2022.
Significant Roster Moves
The Jets lost their fair share of talent from a season ago, most notably WR Jamison Crowder, DE Shaq Lawson, and FS Marcus Maye. But they made up for a large portion of those vacancies through free agency.
Tight ends C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin will add pass catching threats to that position, while Vinny Curry and Carl Lawson will anchor the defensive line at the ends. D.J. Reed and Jordan Whitehead are big additions to the secondary and will be immediate starters there.
2022 Draft Class
New York made some very exciting draft picks that Jets fans should be encouraged about. They had three first round picks, and all seven selections came in the first four rounds. The Jets took Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner fourth overall, who is expected to be stud lockdown corner immediately. Receiver Garrett Wilson and running back Breece Hall will garner a ton of playing time immediately, and Jermaine Johnson adds more depth to the defensive line.
The Jets will take on the AFC North and the NFC North to go along with their six divisional games. Their other three opponents are the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Seattle Seahawks. With an opponent prior season win percentage of .495, Miami has the 15th easiest schedule in the NFL.
New York's primetime games include only one Thursday night game versus Jacksonville.
The Jets return only 11 of their 22 offensive and defensive starters from last season, which is well below average for teams across the league this year. However, the slight roster overhaul may be much needed for a team like the Jets, and they are adding lots of young talent across the board this season. Though inexperienced, there is suddenly some potential within New York's franchise.
Robert Saleh enters his second season as head coach of the Jets. The coordinator positions remain unchanged from a season ago.
Oddsmakers have set the regular season win total for New York at 5.5 games. As of right now, the Jets are the least likely team to win the AFC East, and second least likely team to win the AFC. At +13000 to win the 2023 Super Bowl, they are tied for 24th among all teams in the league.
Bucket Squad Predictions
Despite what I think are some positive moves made in the offseason, I just don't see the Jets showing any improvement this season. I think they could get maybe a couple more wins here or there than the 3-14 record I've projected, but the AFC is so tough that wins are going to be hard to come by for everyone. Ultimately, I can't trust the Jets as a franchise to be successful until they prove they can win games consistently.
What do you think? Will New York be better or worse than I'm projecting? What offseason moves made by the Jets surprised you the most? Leave a comment down below and be sure to check the "NFL" section of the website for more NFL team guidebooks as I finish them.
Written by Nick Swatson