Trading for More Picks
Although the New York Jets had a better season than many fans expected last year, the team still has numerous issues on the roster. The general manager is trading players for additional draft picks in the coming years. Several years ago, the Jets drafted Christian Hackenberg to play quarterback. Although the team had high expectations, Hackenberg never produced for the team.
The Jets are making other moves to improve the roster. Teddy Bridgewater was a successful quarterback for the Vikings for several seasons. After signing Kirk Cousins, the Vikings traded Bridgewater to the Jets. Multiple reports out of training camp indicate that Bridgewater is already exceeding expectations from coaches. If the Jets can give Sam Darnold some time to develop, the team could be in a strong position for many years.
In the latest draft, most NFL experts thought that Sam Darnold was the best quarterback prospect. After the Browns selected Baker Mayfield, the Jets were able to choose Darnold later in the draft. The team does not want to play Darnold immediately. Most rookie quarterbacks are given several years to develop behind a capable starter.
The Jets had one of the best defenses in the league last season. After several upgrades, the Jets have an even stronger unit this year. With an inexperienced offense, the team will rely heavily on the defense to win games. The Jets play an aggressive style of defense that requires opposing offenses to react quickly.
Planning for 2018
Although some fans expect the Jets to make the playoffs, most fans realize that the team is still rebuilding. However, the team is on the right track, especially after the latest draft. Numerous fans are excited about the future of the team for the first time in years.