The last time the Jets made it to the NFL playoffs was 2010. Our New York Jets 2016 NFL preview considers whether or not they have a chance to finally get back to the postseason. New coach Todd Bowles got them to 10-6 in his first season and for the first time in years the team scored more points than they gave up. Still, there are concerns at quarterback, questions regarding linebackers, and communication problems with GM Mike Maccagnan.
Jets Offense: B
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed 31 TDs last season, but he also threw 15 picks. At 33 years old, he looks to be the starter. He’s got two fine receivers in Brandon Marshall (109 REC, 13.8 AVG, 14 TD) and Eric Decker (80 REC, 12.8 AVG, 12 TD). RB Matt Forte, formerly of Chicago, joins the team. He’s a solid runner and good receiver. On the line, vet D’Brickashaw Ferguson is gone and replaced by injury-prone Pro Bowler Ryan Clady. If Clady goes down, this line can be in for a very long season.
Jets Defense: B
On the D-line, which is considered to be the best in the AFC, Mo Wilkerson (12 Sacks), Leonard Williams (3 Sacks), and Sheldon Richardson (5 Sacks) comprise a massive trio, while the linebacking unit continues to be rebuilt. Our New York Jets 2016 NFL preview finds that CBs Marcus Williams and Darrelle Revis, who combined for 11 INTs, could be major difference-makers.
Jets Special Teams: D+
Kicker Nick Folk is solid but coming off an injury. The rest of the special teams primary players have been replaced. Last season, this squad was one of the worst on kickoff returns and not much better at bring back or making punts.
Jets Coaching and Management: B
There’s no doubt that Todd Bowles brought a whole new positive energy to the Jets last season. Look for this team to continue to improve with him at the helm. At the same time, GM Maccagnan can alienate players and some of his decisions are questionable. The Jets lost three key guys because of his tactics last season.
Last Word: New York Jets 2016 NFL Preview
One great stat we can cite in the New York Jets 2016 NFL preview concerns their red zone conversions, which were at 66%, third in the NFL. In many ways this team was solid, but they also managed to let the playoffs get away from them. The AFC East is always tough due to the Pats, and the Jets have a schedule that will grind away at them. Still, expect the Jets to finish second and make it into the playoffs for the first time in six years.
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