The New York Jets have built a young core and are ready to develop this season. While the team isn’t ready to compete for a Super Bowl, it can start to build for the future.
The Jets had a very successful offseason, especially through the draft. In the first round, they selected quarterback Zach Wilson and offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker. These two players are bound to make an impact in year one and the future.
In free agency, the Jets brought in many underrated players. The most notable of these players is wide receiver, Corey Davis. Davis was a huge part of the Tennessee Titans offense and could become a star with the Jets.
Although these moves are great the Jets already had two key players on the roster.
Here are the 2 hidden gems on the New York Jets roster.
Jets hidden gems:
2. Wide receiver Denzel Mims
Denzel Mims had a disappointing rookie campaign but showed his potential. Mims finished the season with 357 yards on only 23 receptions. While these numbers are low, Mims potential is through the roof. He has great speed and size which makes him a nightmare to defend. Mims also has a great catch radius which allows him to make difficult catches.
In the offseason, the Jets brought in multiple wide receivers. Even with the new wide receivers coming in Mims will still be a big part of the offense.
Look for Mims to have a great second season and become a vital part of the young core.
1. Tight end Chris Herndon IV
Chris Herndon IV has been a decent tight end in his career so far and could breakout this season. The Jets are heading into a new era which includes a new offense. In the offseason, the Jets hired San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to be the next head coach. Saleh has all the tools to be a great head coach and made a great hire in his offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur.
LaFleur will run a similar offense to what was run with the 49ers and tight end George Kittle. While Herndon IV isn’t as talented as Kittle, he can still thrive in the new offense. Herndon IV is great at getting yards after the catch which makes him a threat to defenses whenever he gets the ball. He also has a great release which allows him to create separation.
Look for Herndon IV to become a solid tight end this season and be a building block for the future.
The Jets have set themselves up for a great future after a great offseason. They have completely changed the direction of the franchise and finally have something to look forward to. The new coaching regime paired with the young talent on the roster will help the Jets compete in the coming years.
While the Jets have a great future setup, they are in a tough division. The division includes the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and the New England Patriots. All of these teams have built a solid young core that will rival this Jets team. It won’t be an easy journey for the Jets to become great, but they have made all the right moves.
As far as this season they are not ready to be a playoff team. This season is all about the development of the young core.
Look for the Jets to have young stars emerge and showcase the future of the franchise.