By: Little Italy (Publisher)
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Division: AFC East
2020 Finish: 31st
2021 First RD Draft Pick: 2nd, 23rd
What went Right in 2020?
There were not many bright spots coming out of the 2020 NY Jets season. The offensive line did show improvement from 2019, which is encouraging for this team’s offensive future. However, the biggest bright spot in my eyes comes from the wide receiver position. No, it wasn’t the fact that the Jets stayed on brand and made their slot receivers (Crowder and Berrios) somewhat fantasy relevant. It was rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims, when healthy, proving he could play on the NFL level, which was a concern of many in the fantasy industry last off-season. Mims will need to further develop, but he is atop my short-list of Jets players to target in 2021. Mims, with a change of offensive philosophy coming coupled with a likely change at quarterback; is primed for a potential breakout sophomore season.
What Needs to Improve in 2021?
The area that needs the most improvement when it comes to this floundering NY Jets team is offensive play calling. The brass in the front office finally realized, after struggling under Adam Gase and his stagnate offense for the last two seasons, a change needed to happen. This is why after the 2020 season Gase and his .400 win percentage as a head coach was shown the door. Enter Robert Saleh, the former SF defensive coordinator/hype man. So are we as fantasy owners expected to believe that Saleh, a defensive coach, is the person to make this bottom tier fantasy producing offense suddenly a better one. No, but his choice for offensive coordinator may just be. Saleh has chosen Mike LaFleur, former SF assistant and brother of Green Bay Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur, as offensive coordinator. LaFleur will no doubt look to bring a version of Kyle Shanahan’s offense with him to the Jets, which should propel this offense to another level. However, to do this I am under the belief they will need to move on from 2020 starting QB Sam Darnold. With the second overall pick in their possession, I think Justin Fields needs to be the pick. There has also been talk about a big trade being done before the season that would net the Jets disgruntled Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
If the Jets land either Fields or Watson, a major boost would be given to all pass catchers in this offense, especially Mims. Mims should be the player this coaching staff builds its receiver depth around; as I am very confident, he could emerge as a very solid WR1 in this league. In regards to Darnold, I don’t think we should abandoned him just yet. I feel a change of scenery may do his career a world of good, because let’s face it; he was dealt a terrible hand being given to Adam Gase to develop under on the pro level. An ideal landing spot in a potential trade would be either Denver or Chicago, which would be an upgrade to both those offenses. Next time I will dive into the Franchise Exit Report for the Houston Texans.