First off, happy new year to everyone. Now, for the business at hand. The Jets season is over. They finished 4-12 and have the 3rd pick in the draft. They got embarrassed by the Pats. Instead of looking at the bad of the season today I will examine who emerged as parts of the future, who the stars of 2018 were and bid farewell to Todd Bowles.
The Emergence Of Young Talent
Despite the lost season lots of young talent emerged besides the three stars that I will detail later.
-Avery Williamson: Williamson finished the year with 121 tackles, 3.0 sacks and 2 FF. Williamson showed up in his first year as a Jet and provided a fordiable running mate for Jamal Adams.
-Henry Anderson: Another stud on the defensive side of the ball was this man. He out played Leonard Willams and finished the year with 37 tackles and 7.0 sacks. Acquiring him was one of the better moves Mike Maccaganan has made.
-Jordan Jenkins, Frankie Luvu and Brandon Copeland: The depth linebackers played very well in 2018. The trio combined for 15.0 sacks and over 100 tackles. They were the rotational guys and not only did they find a way to establish a pass rush, but they were able to get crucial tackles as well.
-Chris Herndon: Herndon became the Jets starting TE of the future. He provided a safety net for the rookie QB and scored 4 Tds in 2018 along with 502 yds. Herndon showed that he can be a significant part of the future with a very good season.
-Deontay Burnett: Burnett needs to return in 2018. He is incredibly talented. I genuinely feel that Burnett could be one of the best players on this team. Burnett only saw a few games of action and still managed to shine. Burnett catches everything Sam throws his way. He is someone that has a good relationship with Sam from their days at USC and he is a guy that could be the perfect slot guy on this roster next season. I have a strong feeling that Deontay Burnett is going to be special.
-Robby Anderson: Robby was the Jets leading receiver yet again in 2018. Robby had 752 yds and 6 Tds. He continues to show he is able to stretch the field and still be a reliable short threat. Him and Darnold have formed a strong connection and Anderson will be a vital part of the future.
-Quincy Enunwa: Although Injury riddled, Quincy still had a really promising season. The first three games, Quincy looked like a top receiver. From there, it all went down after he continued to get injured. Still, Enunwa is a vital part of the future and Sam Darnold’s development.
-Leonard Williams: Leonard Willams is a talented DT who gets consistently quieted down by double teams. He needs more edge rush around him to free him up to do what he does best. He still had over 50 tackles and 5 sacks. Willams is up for an extension this year and it will be interesting to see what the Jets do.
-Darron Lee: Interesting stat, the Jets ranked in the top 10 in lowest opposing passer rating with Darron Lee, without him they were in the bottom of the pack. Darron Lee had a breakout year that led to him becoming one of the best coverage linebackers in the NFL. Despite being busted for PEDs, if he can play well without them, he has a bright future.
3 Stars Of 2018
Offense: Sam Darnold
Sam had a rough start to his career but he ironed things out after he returned from a foot injury. He threw for nearly 3,000 yards, 17 TDs and 15 INTs. Darnold found his groove however after his injury, he went for over 900 yards, 1 Rushing TD, 6 Passing TDs and only one INT. He found his groove and ended the season on a strong note. He proved he is a leader and a guy that can battle through adversity, this season. The future looks very bright for the franchise QB.
Defense: Jamal Adams
Jamal, Jamal, Jamal. What a guy. The best player on this team. The team MVP. A leader, and the only guy who could say the Jets need more talent and get them to listen. He heads to his first pro bowl this year and could even be up for an All Pro selection. He had an incredible year and asserted himself as the face of this defense.
Special Teams: Jason Myers
This one will be short. Jason Myers was brought into solve the Jets kicking battle. Not only did he solve it, he did so good that he earned a Pro Bowl bid. Myers has come on and proven he is one of the best kickers in the NFL.
Goodbye To Todd Bowles
4 years is a long time. You get to know someone even if you don’t know him personally. Todd Bowles is not a bad guy. He is a smart football mind and he deserves a job somewhere else. He will get one too. Whether he is a defensive coordinator someone else or head coach, he deserves success. Good luck to Todd in all his future endeavors and go Jets!