Can Johnson make an impact?




The Jets have had one of the most entertaining off-seasons for reasons that have nothing to do with football, so I think it’s time we focused on that!

Strength

I think the Jets improved their strength in the offseason, which should hold them back better this season.

Their strength last season was their running game, and although they were down in most games, therefore having the fewest attempts, they ranked 13th in rushing yards per attempt.

With the addition of Breece Hall via the draft, they are looking to form a nice duo with him and Michael Carter to support Zach Wilson.

Weakness

The Jets’ defense was an absolute disaster last season, ranking last in the league in the following categories: points conceded, yards conceded, first downs conceded, rushing touchdowns conceded, percentage of drives ending in a score, and points conceded by. route.

With head coach Robert Salah known for his defense when coordinating in San Francisco, I expect that defense to take a step forward this season.

Player to watch

Jermaine Johnson was widely touted as one of the top prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft and planned to go as early as 4. He slipped to pick 26 and will have a chip on his shoulder this season.

Considering the Jets didn’t have any kind of passing rush last season, I expect Johnson to come in and make an immediate impact this season.

Who is under pressure?

Mekhi Becton was the Jets’ 11th overall pick in 2020 and has been dominant at times as a rookie. However, during the second year, injuries and weight issues left him essentially as a non-factor.

He’s been very outspoken about the criticism he’s faced, but if he can’t play this season it’s justified. At his best, he may be a 10-year-old tackle in the NFL, but he’s on the PUP list again coming into training camp, so those aren’t great signs.

Projection

I think the Jets were one of the big winners of the NFL Draft, taking three impressive talents in the first round to positions of need and getting the best running back in the second round.

Zach Wilson, while a disappointment overall, finished the season with strong performances and if he doesn’t let his off-season antics distract him, he can make a leap as a sophomore.

I’m more optimistic that this team will be the best football team in New York!

Win/loss: 5-12.




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