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Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tim Tebow, Bryce Petty, and Josh McCown. That is a who's who of some of the worst signal callers in the league and it has been those quarterbacks who have been in charge of the Jet offense over the last six seasons. Coincidently, they have not been to the playoffs in any of those seasons. The Jets have also finished 24th or lower in scoring and 22nd or lower in total yards in five of those six seasons. The Jets have had an excellent running game over that stretch, but the passing game has been horrible. That could change this year as the Jets finally have a couple of good quarterbacks on their roster.
Is Sam Darnold Finally Their Savior?
In this past draft, the Jets used their first pick to nab USC quarterback Sam Darnold. He was the 3rd overall pick and did play well in their opening preseason game against the Falcons. Darnold hit 13 of 18 passes for 96 yards and a TD, while not throwing an INT. Many felt that he was the best quarterback in the draft and he did nothing to disprove those feelings in his initial action. At USC, he threw for 7229 yards with 57 TDs and 22 INTs in two seasons. The Jets have not had good luck with quarterbacks they have drafted of late. In 2009, they took Mark Sanchez with the 5th overall pick. In 2013, they took Geno Smith with the 39th overall pick. In 2013, they took Bryce Petty in the 3rd round. In 2015, they took Christian Hackenberg in the 2nd round. None are currently on the team. Is he finally their savior? Many feel it is just a matter of time before he is the main guy under center here.
Teddy Bridgewater Looks Ready To Go
In 2014, Teddy Bridgewater was the 2nd first round pick for the Minnesota Vikings and the 32nd overall pick in the draft. He threw for 2914 yards and 14 TDs in 13 games in 2014 and then followed that up by tossing for 3231 yards and 14 TDs in 2015. The Vikings missed the postseason in 2014 but won the division in 2015. Tragedy then struck in his 2016 training camp as he suffered a significant non-contact injury and was lost for the year. He also missed virtually all of last year as the recovery from his injury took longer than expected. He played in just one game in 2017 and threw two passes. He was sent to the Jets in the offseason, and he looked solid in his first action with the team. Bridgewater hit seven of eight passes for 85 yards and a TD in the win over the Falcons. He really will give the Jets some insurance at the backup quarterback spot, but could he eventually be their starter? He has all the tools to be a top-notch starter in the league.
Josh McCown Did Not Have A Terrible 2017
The Jets thought they had their quarterback last year when they brought in Josh McCown. That was not the case as they went 5-11 on the year and were 24th in scoring, 24th in passing and 28th in total yards. He had played his previous two seasons with the Browns, and we know that nothing good comes out of Cleveland. Last year, McCown hit 67.3% of his passes, for 2916 yards with 18 TDs, and just nine INTs in 13 games, which are not terrible numbers. They just weren’t good enough to propel this offense to the upper half of the league. He has played for eight teams in his career, and at some point this year, he could be searching for number nine.
Oh, What Should The Jets Do?
Teams don’t usually keep three quarterbacks on their team, but the Jets may just have to do that. At least at the beginning of the season. Sam Darnold looked good, but that was only in one game, and there will always be concern about Bridgewater’s knee. Josh McCown has experience, but he is getting up there in age and just doesn’t have the tools to lead this team to the postseason. The Jets have a problem, but finally, for them, it is a good problem as they have depth at the quarterback spot. The feeling here is that Darnold will take the reins of this team around game five, Bridgewater will be the best backup in the league and McCown will be searching for his 9th teams at some point in the season.