Despite a 4-12 record in 2018, the New York Jets and their fans are feeling good about 2019 and beyond.
The first reason is because it appears the franchise has its long-term quarterback in Sam Darnold. The rookie out of USC averaged 231 yards in 13 games and had a respectable 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
The second reason is because former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell signed a free agent deal with the Jets after sitting out the 2018 season instead of playing for Pittsburgh on the franchise tag.
With two major skill positions on offense taken care of, New York took Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the third pick in the NFL Draft. Many considered Williams to be the best overall player in the 2019 draft class.
Adam Gase takes over for Todd Bowles as head coach. Gase coached the Dolphins for three seasons, leading Miami to the playoffs once.
It’s a long road to dethrone New England as the long-time kings of the AFC East, but the Jets believe they have laid the groundwork to improve quickly in the years to come.
The Jets also unveiled new uniforms to the fans who will be attending home games at MetLife Stadium this season. They are a brighter green and feature all-green helmets, similar to the 1980s and early 1990s teams. If you’re coming to the Meadowlands to see Gang Green in person, see the Jets in style in a suite. MetLife Stadium’s suites are located on four separate levels of the stadium, including some located right behind the teams’ benches.
The Jets’ schedule features three primetime games, and two games apiece with division rivals New England, Miami, and Buffalo. Non-division teams coming to MetLife Stadium this season will be: Cleveland (Monday night game), Dallas, cross-town rival New York Giants, Oakland, and Pittsburgh Besides AFC East foes, road matchups are with the following teams: Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Washington, Cincinnati, and Baltimore.