Jets Offseason: How Much Did They Actually Improve?
The New York Jets finished the 2018 campaign at an underwhelming 4-12. Todd Bowles, gone. Mike Maccagnan, gone. The Jets cleaned house, changed jerseys, and from the sound of it, had a massive culture change. In comes, Adam Gase, Gregg Williams, and Joe Douglas.
Along with a new staff and front office, the Jets had arguably the best offseason in franchise history. They unloaded the Brinks truck in free agency with the additions of Le’Veon Bell (4-yr/$52.5 million), C.J Mosley (5-yr/$85 million), Jamison Crowder (3-yr/$28.5 million). In addition to free agency, Gang Green drafted Quinnen Williams with the third overall pick and snagged a sliding Jachai Polite in the third round. Blake Cashman, fifth round, has also made some waves during OTA and at the first day of training camp. The Jets also acquired former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele from the Raiders.
Let’s break down how much the Jets actually upgraded.
Last season the Jets had a running back committee consisting of Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, and Trenton Cannon. With Crowell gone this season, they will roll out Le’Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery. Last year’s group combined for 353 rushes, 1,417 yards, and 10 touchdowns. They collectively had 68 receptions, 599 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns as well.
In 2017, Le’Veon Bell posted 321 rushes for 1,291 yards and 9 touchdowns along with 85 receptions, 655 yards, and 2 scores. Bell almost single handedly outperformed an entire running back group by himself. Along with Bell, former receiver-turned-running-back Ty Montgomery brings his versatile talents to spell and complement Bell. Having two versatile running backs with the ability to catch like these two will immensely help Sam Darnold.
With Darron Lee signing with with the Chiefs, the Jets made a huge statement by plucking Mosley away from the Ravens. The 4-time Pro Bowler has been a centerpiece for the Ravens. Mosley averages 119 tackles per season; having eclipsed 100 tackles four times in his career. The most Lee produced in a season was 94. Mosley is a playmaker with 9 career interceptions, 8.5 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles. Mosley brings a veteran presence to the team whose leadership is brought not by his mouth, but he allows his game play to do the talking.
The Ravens were upset to lose their star linebacker, but the Jets made an offer Mosley couldn’t refuse. And the Ravens just couldn’t match. His impact is imperative to the defensive success in 2019 and with the firing of Gregg Williams and his creativity, look for CJ to have a huge year.
An overlooked signing, the Jets snagged slot receiver Jamison Crowder via free agency. In 2018 he struggled with injuries, but he has been very productive throughout his career with Washington. Crowder owns a career average of 55 receptions and 657 yards a year along with a 11.9 yards per catch. While Crowder does have blazing speed, he does have sharp route running, shiftiness, and has a very quick first step. Sam Darnold hopes to have an instant connection with Crowder who hopefully becomes another safety blanket for the young passer.