The New York Jets have had a long and painful history of quarterback flops. From passing on Dan Marino to Geno Smith, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg, the Jets have not been very successful since Broadway Joe Namath. The Jets decision to move up to the number three slot proves they crave a top three quarterback in this draft. I believe Sam Darnold will be off the board, first overall. That leaves the other quarterback prospects as well as Saquon. Let’s say the Giants do not take the quarterback the Jets are eyeing. I believe that that particular player is the gunslinger from Wyoming, Josh Allen. I’m not saying that Allen is a savior for the Jets because even NFL scouts are unsure of Allen. Allen is one of the most enigmatic players in recent memory, which is precisely why the Jets will take him. Jeremy Bates was recently promoted to offensive coordinator. He is known as a quarterback guru, and that is just the type of coach Allen needs. Allen has perhaps the most prominent arm of any NFL quarterback prospect, yet he has struggled with accuracy and seemed to regress this past season at Wyoming. If Bates is confident that he can fine tune Allen into a better touch passer and a player with better awareness, Allen has the potential to be a better version of Ben Roethlisberger.
Allen had solid mobility skills and excelled at putting the ball into impossible windows. However, he does miss easy throws. Allen leads the elite NFL quarterback prospects in interceptable balls and is last in drops. The stats fail to show how bad he was last year. Still, the NFL can’t just value college results, or else Tim Tebow would be an elite quarterback instead of playing Minor League Baseball. That being said, the Jets have not shied away from controversy and risk in the past, and I think that will lead them to gamble on Allen. The Jets resigned Josh McCown and added Teddy Bridgewater. It lets them have an insurance option as well as give Allen time to develop. Josh Rosen would be the guy if you need a quarterback today, but honestly, the Jets don’t find themselves in that position. The Jets need a quarterback for tomorrow, and they need the next star. I don’t think you trade up to the third overall pick without going big.
From a wide receiver standpoint, the Jets are pretty solid. Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, and Terrelle Pryor make up a young, underrated, cheap and dangerous group. Add Jermaine Kearse, and that is a legitimate strength for this team. I think adding Pryor took this team out of the wide receiver market thoroughly, especially after two poor rookie seasons from ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen this past season. It will be fun to see which playmaker benefits most from which quarterback. A strong-armed Josh Allen may like to air it out to Robby Anderson, while Teddy Bridgewater might prefer the sure-handed Kearse and Enunwa. Josh McCown could favor his ex-Cleveland Brown teammate Terrelle Pryor. The quarterback dictates a lot of things for this group, but I think all three of these players are excellent candidates for buy low this year. Anderson seems to be perennially undervalued and Enunwa and Pryor both battled injuries last year but are very talented and young. All three of these guys share big-play potential and have the possibility to go off each week. It is a matter of which receiver will get the targets. There is not a clear go-to guy as of now, but that should become more clear as we get closer to Week 1.
Regarding the running back position, the Jets retained Bilal Powell and added Isaiah Crowell. They also keep second-year man Elijah McGuire. The Jets most likely will not add another running back due to their sudden lack of draft choices, as well as substantial depth at the position. I would imagine a considerable timeshare unfolding here, and barring injury, none of these players are too fantasy relevant. Crowell is probably the top guy due to his slightly higher ceiling and better production, but Powell could get more carries due to his familiarity with the team. Don’t discount McGuire vulturing garbage time touches as well as the Jets trying to evaluate his role on the team going forward.
Jordan Leggett is the presumed starting tight end for the Jets this year after they declined to bring back Austin Sefarian Jenkins. Sefarian Jenkins started to break out last year, and I was surprised the Jets did not make a more significant push to bring him back. The Jets have historically struggled to involve the TE position. However, as of late the Jets have made a more substantial effort to get their big guys touches. Leggett was a stud in college at Clemson, and although he was hurt his entire rookie campaign, I see sleeper potential in him. He is big, fast, and has excellent hands. For those in dynasty type setups, this guy is someone worth keeping on your radar.
The Jets have an increase in fantasy intrigue for the upcoming season. The quarterback position is being revamped, and I genuinely believe with the right play calls, many of these underrated guys will blossom. Keep an eye on who is under center for the Jets, and try to accumulate as many of the underrated pass catchers as possible.
*UPDATE: On March 30, the Jets have signed RB Thomas Rawls. It adds to the already crowded backfield. None of the running backs on the Jets have much fantasy appeal as of now.