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Jets hope turnaround begins in Week 1 vs. Ravens


It’s time to see how long the Jets can hold out hope.

They’ve had an offseason filled with heightened expectations after what appears to be a strong showing in free agency and a potentially franchise-changing draft. The additions to the roster created a lot of hype and hope for a fan base hungry for something to look out for.

Now comes the tricky part: turning that potential into production.

The Jets went 11 years without making the playoffs and six seasons without a winning record. They will look to turn things around starting Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium against the Ravens.

Head coach Robert Saleh likes the roster, but wants to see who emerges as a playmaker.

“The great thing about this team is that I know we have them, and it’s going to be so fun to watch this team grow this year in terms of who these guys are stepping up in the fourth quarter,” said Saleh said. “Whether [a] the coach makes the call or the players [are] step up and make the amazing happen or the beautiful happen or whatever you want to call it, but that’s gonna be what’s great this year, and who knows from there. I’m just really excited because I think we’ve got a really good thing here, and it’s going to be fun to watch it evolve.

Joe Flacco and coach Robert Saleh (inset) are looking to lead the Jets to a Week 1 win over the Ravens.
Bill Kostrun; New York Post: Noak K. Murray

NFL schedulers have done the Jets no favors. They start the season with a tough 10-game streak, starting with Lamar Jackson and the Ravens looking to bounce back from an injury-filled 8-9 season.

The Jets will enter Game 1 without starting quarterback Zach Wilson, who underwent knee surgery last month and is expected to miss the first three games. They’ll look to replacement Joe Flacco, who has spent 11 seasons with the Ravens and knows there will be some extra emotion coming into this game.

Flacco has been a member of the Jets for at least part of the past three seasons. He said you can feel the difference in the locker room since he arrived in 2020, but the Jets still have a lot to prove.

“I think we have some momentum behind us,” Flacco said, “but we still haven’t done it consistently on Sunday, so I think until we do that you still have to prove it. to yourself and to this locker room.. We are in a good position, but we have to go out there and prove it to ourselves and get off to a good start.

New York Post

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