Are the New York
Jets well prepared for this season NFL draft? So far, they have improved some of their positions, but how strong are these moves compared to their rivals in the AFC East? At the beginning of the offseason, Mike Maccagnan Jets' general manager was already pointing out on the need to improve certain positions to give the team an advantage come the new season.
In 2017 season, the Jets performed badly in their AFC East championship after winning five games only. They finished dead last for two consecutive season, which prompted Maccagnan to do something to change the trend. So far, the team has utilized a part of their $90 million cap to bring in some key veterans. This has really improved New York Jets odds to win AFC East.
Some of the new players who have been brought in to fill the holes include Avery Williamson (linebacker), Spencer Long (center offensive), Isaiah Crowell (running back), Trumaine Johnson (cornerback) and Terrelle Pryor (wide receiver). When it comes to their quarterback position, they resigned their star Josh McCown. And to strength the position, they also brought in Teddy Bridgewater from Minnesota Viking to provide the much-needed depth. McCown will be the starter while Bridgewater will add the excitement to the team and a hope for the long-term. The Jets have strengthened their offense by adding Long, Pryor and Crowell, where they'll be expected to stabilize inconsistent offensive line.
Pryor and Crowell will add the depth and necessary experience to the positions that the team lacked in the last season. Crowell has a good track record of more than 900 yards, over four touchdowns and 4.5 yards per a carry and a starter in 32 games during the last two seasons while playing for Cleveland
. Pryor had a great season in 2016 when he finished with 77 catches and more than 1,000 yards receiving. But the story was not the same in 2017 season, he spent most of the season battling with injuries and was never in good form for the Redskins
, where he has two starts and appeared in nine games only.
On the defense, Trumaine Johnson and Avery Williamson will add the depth at the corner and linebacker positions. Williamson was a starter in all games for two seasons with Titans
, where he recorded 105 tackles and five sacks. Johnson will be an upgrade for the team's corner where he is expected to add more security for Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.
At the moment, many expect AFC East championship to remain the same as it was in the last two seasons, with England Patriots
maintaining there leading position in the division. This is despite Tom Brady
turning 41 in 2018 with a sterling performance of 4,577 passing yards, being part of 13-3 Patriots record and 9 AFC titles since 2001. After losing some of its players, the Patriots have signed new deals with Danny Shelton, Cordarrelle Patterson and Jason McCourty. They have also a few more free agents such as Matt Tobin, Adrian Clayborn and Jeremy Hill. Patriots still remains as the only team that the Jets can referring to as their barometer.
Another team is the Buffalo Bills who also reside in New York. Their longest drought in NFL came to an end after they qualified to 2017 postseason. It was the only team that had not made it to postseason in this millennium, since they last made it to playoffs in 1999. The Bill have improved several areas in their roster in readiness to 2018 AFC East division. They have already brought in A.J. McCarron from Cincinnati Bengals
after trading with Cordy Glenn (offensive lineman).
The Miami Dolphins
are currently rebuilding their team. However, they have lost some good players such as Mike Pouncey, Jarvis Landry and Ndamukong Suh. But, they have also added some veteran wide receivers and a key offensive lineman. Many expect the Jets to surpass the Dolphins in 2018 season.