The New York Jets had another poor season in 2020, finishing with a 2-14 record. The season’s results were made worse by New York missing out on the top pick in the draft, having to settle for the second pick.
The Jets are hoping that quarterback Zach Wilson, selected second overall, can help bring a wave of success to the franchise in 2021 and beyond.
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The Jets have a lot of work to do on both ends of the field before they can be competitive again.
New York Jets 2021 Schedule
The breakdown for all NFL teams can be found on BetUS, as we take a look at all things New York Jets. First, their 2021 schedule:
|Week 1||Sept. 12||at Carolina|
|Week 2||Sept. 19||vs New England|
|Week 3||Sept. 26||at Denver|
|Week 4||Oct. 3||vs Tennessee|
|Week 5||Oct. 10||vs Atlanta|
|Week 6||Oct. 17||BYE|
|Week 7||Oct. 24||at New England|
|Week 8||Oct. 31||vs Cincinnati|
|Week 9||Nov. 4||at Indianapolis|
|Week 10||Nov. 14||vs Buffalo|
|Week 11||Nov. 21||vs Miami|
|Week 12||Nov. 28||at Houston|
|Week 13||Dec. 5||vs Philadelphia|
|Week 14||Dec. 12||vs New Orleans|
|Week 15||Dec. 19||at Miami|
|Week 16||Dec. 26||vs Jacksonville|
|Week 17||Jan. 2||vs Tampa Bay|
|Week 18||Jan. 9||at Buffalo|
As a reminder, the NFL has expanded their regular season to include a 17th game, so the entire regular season is now 18 weeks long.
With a team like the New York Jets, all games on the schedule are going to be tough. The easiest games on the schedule, based on last season’s record, are the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.
These games are winnable, but most teams have more to get excited about than New York.
The AFC East seems to be Buffalo’s division now, as the Bills went 13-3 and only got better this offseason. The New England Patriots are always competitive and seem bound to improve in 2021 while the Miami Dolphins went 10-6 in 2020.
The most notable game on the schedule may actually be Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. The Jets gave up on former No. 3 overall pick, quarterback Sam Darnold, trading him to the Panthers.
Darnold will get his chance for revenge to start the season.
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New York Jets 2020 Summary
New York was one of the NFL’s worst teams in 2020. The Jets started the season an astounding 0-13 before rattling off two straight wins.
While getting a few wins is better than going 0-16, the Jets missed out on drafting generational quarterback prospect Trevor Lawrence from Clemson.
New York had the largest point differential in the NFL at -214.
Darnold started most of the year at quarterback, with a few games of Joe Flacco mixed in. Darnold finished his final season with the Jets with 2,208 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Darnold wasn’t aided much by a supporting cast that was widely considered to be the weakest in the NFL.
Jamison Crowder was the team’s leading receiver, catching 59 balls for 699 yards and six touchdowns.
Frank Gore, at age 37, was the team’s leading rusher, finishing the season with 653 yards.
Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was one of the rare bright spots for the Jets, totaling seven sacks on the year.
Pro Football Focus graded the Jets as the 31st overall team, while Football Outsiders ranked New York the worst team in the league.
New York Jets Key Players
The Jets are hoping that Zach Wilson is the quarterback to turn this franchise around. Wilson, formerly from BYU, was drafted second overall and is expected to immediately slot in as the starting quarterback.
Wilson shot up draft boards because of his athleticism and strong arm, and New York is banking on this first-round passer finally being the one.
New York does have one foundational piece secured: left tackle Mekhi Becton. Becton had a strong rookie season and graded out as one of the Jets best players. His presence and development in Year 2 will be key in keeping Wilson upright.
Safety Marcus Maye had a strong 2020 for the Jets and is the leader of this defense. Maye finished 2020 with 88 tackles, two sacks, 11 pass deflections and two interceptions.
New York Jets New Additions
After Wilson, the biggest addition for New York was wide receiver Corey Davis from Tennessee. Davis is coming off a strong season as the Titans second receiver and now joins a Jets offense where he’ll be the focal point of the passing attack.
The Jets prioritized their offense in the 2021 NFL Draft, adding some intriguing prospects who should all contribute immediately.
The Jets had two first-round picks and used the second one on left guard Alijah Vera-Tucker. New York then selected wide receiver Elijah Moore and running back MIchael Carter with their next two picks.
New York shelled out a lot of money in free agency to bring in new faces, with the most notable being edge rusher Carl Lawson, defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, right tackle Morgan Moses and wide receiver Keelan Cole.
New York Jets Key Subtractions
Darnold was traded to the Panthers as the Jets begin a new era. New York lost its leading tackler from 2020, Neville Hewitt, in free agency.
New York also said goodbye to a pair of 2020 contributors in wide receiver Breshad Perriman and edge rusher Tarell Basham.
New York Jets Divisional Outlook
Based on divisional odds at BetUS, the Jets don’t have a great chance of winning the AFC East.
It’s hard to see a scenario where the Jets are in the mix to win this division. Buffalo is one of the NFL’s best teams and both the Patriots and Dolphins are far better teams.
Last season, the Jets went 0-6 in the division. They were 2-4 back in 2019.
New York’s season will be a success if Wilson shows the makings of a franchise quarterback, at which point the Jets can turn their attention to being competitive in 2022.
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New York Jets Offense
Pro Football Focus graded the Jets offense as the worst in the league in 2020, while Football Outsiders ranked the Jets 31st.
The team will hope that Wilson and some of the new weapons brought in can rejuvenate what was a stale unit last season.
The Jets were last in both yards per game and points per game in 2020.
New York Jets Defense
The Jets defense was a bit better than their offense, but will still need to see improvements from their core in 2021.
They did excel at stopping the run, ranking fourth in run defense on Pro Football Focus. Quinnen Williams is a pivotal piece to the success of this unit.
On a whole, the defense graded out in the bottom 10 by both Pro Football Focus and Football Outsiders.
The Jets allowed the ninth-most yards per game in 2020 and the seventh-most points.
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