Things didn’t go well for the New York Jets in 2020.
In fact, things haven’t gone well for the New York Jets for quite some time now.
The Jets made the playoffs six times from 2001-2010, and returned to the postseason exactly zero times between 2011 and 2020. New York went a miserable 2-14 last season, posting the franchise’s worst record since 1996 and getting outscored by an average of 13 points per game, which hadn’t happened to the Jets since way back in 1976.
Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? First-year head coach Robert Saleh definitely hopes so. Some new faces in the mix can’t hurt, and the most important one belongs to second overall pick Zach Wilson. Wilson, a quarterback out of BYU, will be the face of the Jets’ rebuild and should be the starter from the get-go. None of the top three quarterbacks on the New York depth chart have ever taken a regular-season snap, so there will be a steep learning curve…but how much worse can things really get coming off a 2-14 season?
With last year’s offense finishing dead last in the league in both yards and points, the Jets made that unit a focus of the draft. The team’s first four picks were all on the offensive side of the ball, including first-round lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, second-round wideout Elijah Moore (whose speed could be a game-changer), and fourth-round tailback Michael Carter. New York also added former Titans star Corey Davis to go along with leading returning receiver Jamison Crowder. Now it’s up to Wilson to connect with his weapons consistently and put points on the scoreboard.
The new-look Jets get the 2021 season underway in Carolina on September 12 against ex-Jet Sam Darnold and the Panthers. New York’s home opener at MetLife Stadium comes the following weekend against New England, which will be the Jets’ first AFC East game of the year. Week 5 brings a trip overseas for a date with the Falcons in London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Other highlights of the schedule include a Thursday Night Football game at Indianapolis in Week 9, a showdown between the top two picks of the draft (Wilson and Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence) in Week 16, and a visit from the reigning Super Bowl champion Buccaneers in the next-to-last weekend of the regular season.
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