In The Bettors Corner: New York Jets


When the New York Jets drafted Sam Darnold with the third pick in the 2018 draft, it was with the hope that they had finally found their franchise quarterback. Just three years later, the experiment ended, and Darnold was traded to Carolina for a 2021 sixth-round pick and a second and fourth-round pick in next year's draft. That gives the Jets twenty-one selections between the 2021 and 2022 drafts. It's usually not one thing that derails a franchise quarterback, and that was certainly the case with Darnold. Poor personal at the skill position and a head coach that was totally overmatched on most Sundays (Adam Case) has led to another rebuild with the Jets. They hired the 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as head coach; he will be the third coach in four years and drafted Zach Wilson as their next "franchise quarterback." Jets general manager Joe Douglas was never invested in Darnold; he didn't draft him. Zach Wilson is his guy, and he begins the process of building around him. The Jets were dead last in points per game ( 15.2) and yards per game (279.9). They gave up 43 sacks in 2020. To improve the offensive line, the Jets drafted Alijah Vera-Tucker with the 14th pick to play opposite left tackle Mekhi Becton, last year's first-round pick at left tackle. With the signings of Corey Davis and Keelan Cole, the Jets added some much-needed talent at the wide receiver position. They also drafted Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore in the second round of the 2021 draft.

Defensively the Jets will move to a 4-3 based defense. The Jets ranked in the bottom ten in points per game given up.

(28.6) and yards per game (387.6). The lone bright spot on the Jets defense is their defensive line led by Quinnen Williams. The Jets have the number one ranked defensive line in the AFC East. Along with defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich, Saleh should improve the defense significantly. Saleh won't blitz much and plays a cover zone defense that lets the safeties roam and be playmakers.

The Jets will open there season in Carolina which is being billed as the" Sam Darnold bowl". Do you think Darnold is going to have a little motivation in that game? After Carolina, they play three of their next five on the road. Including Tennessee and New England. The Jets have to travel to London to play Atlanta in week five, which is the Jets extra game this year. Trips to New England, Miami and Indianapolis follow the bye week and they finish the season home against Tampa Bay and at Buffalo. The Jets over/ under is 6 wins. That would be a four-game improvement to just push the bet. Saleh will make them competitive, but they play five playoff teams from 2020, including the Super Bowl champ. A trip overseas to London isn't ideal for a team that has only four road wins the last three years. The Jets are a long way off, expect them to be picking in the top ten again in this years draft.

New York Jets under 6.

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