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What would be an NFL preseason be without the New York Jets holding a quarterback competition? Well, that’s underway again between Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg, and Bryce Petty with fans not showing much confidence in any of them. The Jets … Continue reading

Ryan Fitzpatrick’s small legacy with the Jets

What a difference a year makes for the Jets. At this time last year, many fans just wanted them to resign Ryan Fitzpatrick, who surprisingly led the Jets just 1 win shy of a playoff berth, leading the team to a 10-6 record. The team was full of older players including Brandon Marshall and Darrelle Revis, and the feeling was to resign Fitzpatrick with the hopes of making a deep playoff run in 2016.

During the 2015 season, Ryan Fitzpatrick set the Jets single season record for touchdown passes in a season (31), so it seemed critical for the team to resign him. The Jets realistically have not had a consistent franchise quarterback since Joe Namath. The hope with Ryan Fitzpatrick was that he would win games with dangerous weapons around him and a tough defense. Well, 2016 was nothing but a disaster for the team, and to conclude, Ryan Fitzpatrick is now a backup quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers here in 2017.

But, 2015 was just another tease for Jets fans. A year where there was little expectations, but the results were off the charts to the passionate fan. Geno Smith was supposed to be the 2015 starting quarterback, but that fell apart when IK Enemkpali, a teammate to Smith, punched him in the face and broke his jaw. In comes a career journeymen who has always been that bridge quarterback. Never the guy that a team felt would be their longterm answer, but a guy who could win a game if needed. So, Jets fans had low hopes.

Move forward to December 27th, 2016. The Jets were taking on the Patriots, who always seem to be in the way. At the time, the Jets were 9-5, and in contention for a Wild Card spot, surprisingly to many Jets fans. A battle back and forth, the game went to overtime with the score tied 20-20. After the Patriots decided to defer and let the Jets receive for whatever reason, the Jets would get the ball first. That’s all Ryan Fitzpatrick needed. The drive got going when Fitzpatrick hit Quincy Enunwa for a 48 yard reception. After, a 20 yard reception by Brandon Marshall, Fitzpatrick hit Eric Decker in the endzone for the game winner. The Meadowlands (which I happened to be at that day), was rocking. As that happened, the Pittsburgh Steelers had lost to the Baltimore Ravens, which meant the Jets passed them for the final wild card spot. It was arguably Ryan Fitzpatrick’s best and most clutch game as a Jet, and maybe his career. He finished with 296 yards passing and 3 touchdown passes, a signature win what Jet fans would hope to be a memorable year.

The team then went into Buffalo to face the Bills led by former head coach Rex Ryan, in a win and they’re in game. The Jets were riding a 5 game win streak, but in typical Jets fashion, they laid an egg, and lost the game 22-17. The Steelers won their game, and passed the Jets for the final wild card spot. A frustrating end to what could have been one of the most surprising and exciting Jets seasons of all time.

Many Jets fans will remember 2016 for how poorly Ryan Fitzpatrick preformed. A disappointing season, the team is now in total rebuild mode, and is in contention to get the number 1 overall pick when all is said and done in 2017. People are writing the team off now, and the season hasn’t even started yet. But, the Ryan Fitzpatrick era shows why every season takes on a toll of it’s own. In 2015, the Jets were riding high. But, after a disastrous week 17 loss, the team has toppled down ever since. At the end of the day, Ryan Fitzpatrick is engraved in the Jets’ record books; with the most touchdown passes in a single season for the team. Two years later, and he is no longer a member of the Jets. Fingers have been pointed everywhere, but it’s just another chapter in the story of the New York Jets. What will the next chapter be?

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5 players the Jets have to consider at 6 if available in the NFL Draft

The New York Jets sit with the number 6 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft this Thursday with many great options. With many holes on the team, this is a huge draft, especially for Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles. Here’s 5 players the Jets should not pass on if available.

5. Leonard Fournette, RB- LSU

Leonard Fournette looks to have the talent to be an elite running back in the NFL. With Adrian Peterson like power, Fournette played in the SEC, a conference full of tough defenses, especially Alabama. With injuries being the only thing holding back Fournette, he looks like he has the skills to be one of the best in the league. While it seems draft experts don’t like teams taking running backs early, you have to take the Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliot into account. Drafted in the top 10 last year, Elliot hit the league quick, and was arguably the best running back in the NFL. The Jets have many holes, but running back is actually one of their stronger positions with Bilal Powell and Matt Forte. But, Leonard Fournette has superstar talent and could make an instant impact as a New York Jet.

4. Marshon Lattimore, CB- Ohio State

While Jets fans are tired of the team drafting a defensive player in the first round, something they have done every year since 2009, when they drafted quarterback Mark Sanchez, they actually do need some more depth at the cornerback position. Right now, the team does not have a number one cornerback, and they released one of their leaders on defense at the cornerback position in Darrelle Revis. Lattimore has the potential to be the team’s number one cornerback, and would actually give them some depth alongside Morris Claiborne and Buster Skrine. But, the Jets’ secondary was abysmal last season, and they might have to take a shot at Lattimore and upgrade their defense. Lattimore is athletic, and would be a solid fit for the Jets.

3. OJ Howard, TE- Alabama 

While it is rare to see a team draft a tight end with the 6th overall pick in the draft, this is definitely a position the Jets need to upgrade. They have not gotten much production from their tight ends since the days of Dustin Keller. While drafting OJ Howard would not make the team instantly better, he’d be a nice weapon for the Jets, as we see many teams today who have a tight end as their go to guy. The Jets are rebuilding, and need more skilled players. OJ Howard would definitely be a nice fit, but of course he’d need a good quarterback throwing to him.

2. Mitchell Trubisky, QB- UNC

The knock on this year’s draft is that there really aren’t any projected top 10 quarterbacks. But, the Jets need a quarterback, no matter where they’re picking. It might seem logical for the Jets to trade back in the Draft and go for Trubisky, but they need a franchise quarterback wherever they draft him. They currently have three quarterbacks on their roster, and 2 are very young. But, they need to keep drafting quarterbacks and give them a shot. They have to get it right eventually. Some feel Trubisky should have stayed for another year at UNC. Considering he has not started that many games, he might be a risky pick for the Jets. But, if they hit a home run in other rounds in this draft, and build up their roster including an offensive line to protect Trubisky, he could find success here. He is certainly a player that should be on the Jets’ radar, but it all comes down to if he’s worth it at 6, while many GM’s seem to like drafting the best overall player available.

1. Jamal Adams, S- LSU

During his time at LSU, Adams proved to be a great leader on their defense. That right there is something the Jets need. The Jets need guys that want to work and want to win. They don’t need players showing up late for meetings, and simply showing they don’t care. The Jets need a culture change, and while he’d be a rookie, Adams would have an instant impact on a team that needs help in their secondary. Some project him in the top 3, but if he’s available at 6, the Jets should go after him. He has the skills and attitude to play a long NFL career, so why not for the Jets? The Jets also let up a lot of deep balls last season. At safety, Adams would definitely help the secondary with their deep ball weakness; plays that took the Jets right out of games.