PFT preseason power rankings No. 32: New York Jets

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With training camps still a couple of weeks away and (fortunately) not many arrests or other misdeeds to fill the slow time, there’s a void that needs to be filled. So we’ll fill it with a look at each of the NFL’s franchises, ranked bottom to top based on where they’re currently perceived to be in relation to their 31 competitors at this stage of the season.

Feel free to complain in the comment about whether a team is ranked too high or too low. The first team could be ranked no lower; we start with the bottom of the barrel and dig upward.

Someone has to be last at the start of the season, and the Jets seem to be determined to be last at the end of the season. So we’ll go ahead and given them the distinction right now.

Biggest positive change: In an offseason without many of them for the Jets, the acquisition of cornerback Morris Claiborne stands out. Banged up and arguably misused in the Cowboys Cover-2 base defense that came after Claiborne was drafted, the former top-10 pick could become a difference maker in the Jets defense as a free-agent arrival. Or maybe not. Either way, there isn’t much to choose from by way of potentially positive changes.

Biggest negative change: Take your pick. The mass exodus of talented veteran players, from Nick Mangold to Ryan Clady to Darrelle Revis to Erin Henderson to Brandon Marshall to David Harris to Eric Decker, will make it much harder for the team to compete in 2017. Then again, chances are the Jets wouldn’t have been very competitive with them. So why not tear it down, earn the first pick in the draft, and take solace in the notion that 2018 will bring them one year closer to not having to deal with Tom Brady?

Coaching thermometer: It’s at least 200 degrees for Todd Bowles as he enters his third year. Although owner Woody Johnson (who’ll soon be handing the day-to-day reins to his brother but who surely will be involved in the big decisions) has said he’s looking only for improvement this season, improvement will be difficult with so many key players gone and so many unproven players in their place.

We’d like to crack a beer with . . . Matt Forte. It may take more than a few to get him going, but it would be great to hear what he really thinks about finishing his career with a franchise that clearly is in rebuilding mode, but that hasn’t cut him. Yet.

How they can prove us wrong: Most teams have at least semi-plausible hope this time of year. But not the Jets. It’s possible that they could avoid serious injuries throughout training camp and the preseason and slowly build confidence in September and then October, winning as many games as they lose. The guy who can help make that happen the most is veteran quarterback Josh McCown, who played very well with the Bears in 2013 but who has had tough situations in Tampa three years ago (no offensive coordinator) and in Cleveland for each of the past two seasons. If he can stay healthy and get help from Forte, a young receiving corps, and an offensive line firmly in flux, maybe the Jets can surprise us. Which, based on currently expectations, would mean winning more than four games.

74 responses to “PFT preseason power rankings No. 32: New York Jets

  1. No argument here.

    A good way for fellow Jet fans to look at things now… 24 preseason games leading up to 2018. Enjoy watching the young players develop.

  2. “arianil985 says:
    Jul 9, 2017 10:37 PM

    I guarantee my Vikings are on the clock at # 31!!”

    Why would they trade out of the second spot?

  3. So far, we might as well be ranking the owners from worst to first. The Jets owner doesn’t seem too bright.

  4. They’ve got a chance to be good on defense to start the season. They’ll be simply awful on offense from game 1 thru 16. Which means the defense will be on the field way too much & wear down, be on fumes for second half of the year. But hey I’m feeling positive in July !

  5. Let me guess…

    1. Patriots
    2. Falcons
    3. Green Bay
    4. Raiders
    5. Steelers

    It isn’t very interesting when we all know how you’ll place most of the teams

  6. That’s good news for the Rams, Browns, Buccaneers and Jaguars…. For now, they can say they were ranked as better than the Jets…

  7. Florio

    you think the Jets would be better if they had kept Revis?

    Clady was hurt again, Decker missed most of the year with injuries, and so did Mangold.

    They probably will be a worse team without most of the veterans, but even if they brought them all back, they’d likely still be pretty bad.

    If they win 4 games or more, it will be because the defense is a bit better than 2016–which is possible with the investments in the secondary (2016 –31 TD passes allowed)

  8. A number 1 overall pick in 2018 would be an improvement over the number 6 overall pick in 2017.

  9. .
    Roger Goodell likes to talk about the importance of the integrity of the game. However, even a casual fan in Dallas, Seattle or Tampa can see that the Jets are tanking the season. Either Goodell has “sanctioned the tank”, or the Jets are blatantly subbing their noses at 345 Park Avenue and the league as a whole.
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  10. As a Pat’s fan, I like what the Jets are doing. But, it will take patience, a good GM not making many mistakes in the draft, and FA. Also, the owner has to stay out of it, and I don’t know if he can, much like Snyder. Also, is Bowles the right coach? No way to know.
    Onr other thing, I think this is Brady’s last year. Between the Pats loading up this offseason, keeping Jimmy G., and his wife’s pleas for him to retire is finally going to work. He has nothing left to accomplish. Just my opinion, could be wrong.

  11. At least David Harris will get a ring. Something to cheer for, Jets fans.
    He and Revis can compare diamonds at their ring of honor ceremony.

  12. My Bills won’t be very good this year but I can take solace in knowing we open with the Jets and thus will have a winning record for at least 1 week this season.

  13. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 9, 2017 10:54 PM

    Some people have morals and dont want to work for the biggest cheating franchise in the history of the NFL. Not a bad thing.

  14. The thing that confuses me is that the Jets were actively pursuing Hightower this offseason (#RememberTheCupcakes), which doesn’t mesh with their total rebuild approach. Did their failure cause them to change their entire approach to the season, or were the Jets trying to do the rest of the league a solid by taking away one of the keystone players of the Pats’ defense?

  15. You really shouldn’t compare this team to any current squad because frankly they may be the worst team of all time.

    Just to drive the point home look at the 08 Lions roster and see which team you’d rather have to start a season.

  16. This is a great way to lead into the 50th anniversary season of their only super bowl appearance: The only 0-16 team to play in a division with a 16-0 team in the same year!!!!!

    Go Jets!! Lose all 4 pre-season games for a perfect 0-20 season!!!

  17. You definitely need to talk to Forte. And you can ask him, “What did it feel like choosing the Jets over the Patriots? Did you consider suicide watching Tom Brady bring his team back in the SB to win a ring, considering you will never sniff the playoffs? Was the extra $2 million worth it? Do you think leaving a rebuilding Bears team, to join what you thought was a playoff Jets team, only to be on a rebuilding Jets team that is worse than the bears was a bad decision?” You get the idea.

  18. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 9, 2017 10:54 PM
    forte didn’t take bb’s call last year

    one the dumbest things i have ever heard

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    Some players want to make a difference instead of being celebrated for being a cog in his wheel. My hat is always off to Big Bill because I think he (not Brady) made that franchise what it has been over the last 17+ years. But great players go places where they can make their teams great.

    And if you think I am wrong let’s do a diagnosis of what a lot of ex-Pats players do with other teams when they are ex-Pats.

  19. I have no problem with this ranking. I believe the Jets may well be the worst team in the league this year. I don’t have anything against them – in fact I wish they didn’t stink because NY is a huge market for this league. If they were the San Antonio Jets I wouldn’t care as much. But for years now they have been taking up space, also making it easier for the Pats to run roughshod over the AFC East which all but guarantees their spot in the SB year on year as over AFC divisions continue their decline.

    A good league is a competitive league. I used to hate the idea of parity. Now I am beginning to understand why it makes sense for the entertainment portion of the league.

  20. Every year, there are surprise teams in the NFL. Unfortunately for the NY Jets fans, the only surprise is if they actually win a game. That will happen only when their opponent is looking ahead on their schedule and has a down week. That is the only hope to avoid becoming the 2nd 0-16 team in NFL history.

  21. Footballfanz says:
    Jul 10, 2017 7:49 AM
    tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 9, 2017 10:54 PM

    Some people have morals and dont want to work for the biggest cheating franchise in the history of the NFL. Not a bad thing.

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    Im not sure if you mean the Broncos or the Steelers but both are storied franchises with a winning culture that never stops trying hard every year, even the tough ones. In that sense most football personnel will find it attractive to work for either.

  22. I suddenly see a flurry of articles popping up about how bad the Jets are this year. At this point everyone knows that its not news. Its going to be a tough enough ride for their fans, no need to rub their noses in it. (Not since Rex anyhow)

    Instead of focusing on all the reasons the Jets are #32 I wish the story had spoken to how the other 31 teams stacked up. Especially when the article invited us to comment here with our agreement or disagreement with where a given team was in the rankings. Early or not we do love our rankings.

  23. grogansheroes says:
    Jul 10, 2017 7:02 AM
    As a Pat’s fan……
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    It kills me how every Patsie* fan thinks the have to announce they are a Patsie* fan.
    Nobody cares.

  24. As long as the Browns are in the NFL, there’s hope for the Jets not to be the worst franchise in the NFL.

    But the Jets are so bad they could bring back 41 year old Chad Pennington as QB and it would be an immediate upgrade.

  25. The Jets are a reminder to all those who hate the Patriots because they are “lucky” and “cheat.”

    No, they are just better run than your team. The Jets don’t stink because they are unlucky and honest, they’re just poorly managed like many other teams.

  26. It kills me how every Patsie* fan thinks the have to announce they are a Patsie* fan.
    Nobody cares.

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    Look at it like sexual predators having to go around the neighborhood knocking on doors to let everyone know they’re around.

    It’s annoying, but ultimately important for the good of society.

  27. If this is going to roll out one-a-day, we’ll tune back in a month or so when you get to Green Bay.

  28. “Some people have morals and dont want to work for the biggest cheating franchise in the history of the NFL. Not a bad thing.”

    Like ice cream on the sun, you people never stop melting about the Patriots. lol yikes.

  29. “Look at it like sexual predators having to go around the neighborhood knocking on doors to let everyone know they’re around.

    It’s annoying, but ultimately important for the good of society.”

    Wow. You should seek therapy.

    And just a heads up, since you two are clearly intellectually deficient, typically a fan of another team will let you know they are a fan of another team right before they say something nice about your team so other people don’t think they are some homer. Which is exactly what happened in the post you two numb skulls are disparaging.

  30. Obi Wan Jablowme says:
    Jul 10, 2017 8:22 AM
    You definitely need to talk to Forte. And you can ask him, “What did it feel like choosing the Jets over the Patriots? Did you consider suicide watching Tom Brady bring his team back in the SB to win a ring, considering you will never sniff the playoffs? Was the extra $2 million worth it? Do you think leaving a rebuilding Bears team, to join what you thought was a playoff Jets team, only to be on a rebuilding Jets team that is worse than the bears was a bad decision?” You get the idea.

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    lol

    I think Matt Forte needs to be evaluated, clinically.

  31. Wow. You should seek therapy.

    And just a heads up, since you two are clearly intellectually deficient, typically a fan of another team will let you know they are a fan of another team right before they say something nice about your team so other people don’t think they are some homer. Which is exactly what happened in the post you two numb skulls are disparaging.

    Jokes man. It’s the offseason. Have some fun with it.

  32. “Jokes man. It’s the offseason. Have some fun with it.”

    Oh my bad, carry on Mr. CK.

  33. gohometrolls says:
    Jul 9, 2017 10:47 PM
    Jets fan here this team is bad but it is not the worst team in the NFL, they will win 6 games and end up with a top five pick.

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    I agree but most readers are likely not aware that you are also including the following season.

  34. reddzen says:
    Jul 10, 2017 8:46 AM
    tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 9, 2017 10:54 PM
    forte didn’t take bb’s call last year

    one the dumbest things i have ever heard

    —-

    Some players want to make a difference instead of being celebrated for being a cog in his wheel. My hat is always off to Big Bill because I think he (not Brady) made that franchise what it has been over the last 17+ years. But great players go places where they can make their teams great.

    And if you think I am wrong let’s do a diagnosis of what a lot of ex-Pats players do with other teams when they are ex-Pats.
    /////////
    Forte simply decided he wanted a bigger payday instead of a realistic shot at a ring. As far as ex-Pats players go, Belichick has a decent record of saying good-bye to the ones that have little tread left on their tires. Seymour and Jones are exceptions, but those were financial decisions.

  35. joetoronto says:
    Jul 10, 2017 8:39 AM

    Both the Jets and Bills will be lucky to win 4 games this year.
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    It’s 4 more games than your team will win. Remember, you have to have an NFL team. You don’t, and never will, keep trolling troll.

  36. As long as Bevell is Seattle’s OC…they will play to their power ranking….but then fail miserably in the playoffs again. The defense isn’t good enough any more to make up for the offense’s ineptness.

  37. When the team has overall bad drafts for a few years, they lose a lot of depth and then you get old fast. Happened to the Jets. Idzik whiffed on countless players, most of whom are gone from the Jets and the NFL as well.

    As painful as this is, they have to clean house.

    The last time they did this, they unexpectedly finished 8-8 and saved Rex Ryan’s job for another year….

    Lets hope they finish no better than 5-11 or all is for naught. Just beat the Patriots, Bills and Dolphins at home…the rest is gravy.

  38. members of the ‘J’ defense will need to run a lot of extra winds sprints after each practice…..because when the season starts they are going to be on the field…. A LOT!!…

  39. Kensel will be sooooo desperate in his Jets mancave watching the Pats kick butt that he will have to make up something new to try to pin on Brady and BB. Parking Tickets? Jaywalking? What a bunch of stumblebums. All the Pats have to do virtually every year is win 3 big games (playoffs and Superbowl) and they are champs. You can’t make up the stuff that comes out of this division from Rex to Suh to Woody….

  40. I feel bad for Bowles. He waited a long time to get the HC gig, then he missed the playoffs when his QB forgot how to throw to the guys in green in his first year, a lower-talent team in his second year, and now this. He’ll get fired after the Jets go 1-15 this year, and he deserves better.

  41. I think it’s ridiculous that one city has 2 NFL franchises. Splits the loyalties right down the middle, and the fans go for whichever team is winning. Move that dumpster fire of a team to a city that will actually support and nurture it and not split the loyalties. There’s plenty of cities that would take it, even if it is The Jets.
    That goes for Los Angeles too. They didn’t need the Chargers and probably won’t support them now that the Rams are back. They got along with NO team for twenty years and now you expect them to support 2 teams? Some things make no sense.

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