By now, you are all waiting to see who the New York Jets decide to draft with the No. 3 pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
They, like the Browns, and most teams in the AFC, all have one goal in mind. That goal is to make the playoffs and have the chance compete for a championship.
Of course, that doesn’t come easy, the team needs to find the right pieces to help them win games and better their franchise.
The Jets have found some young, talented players that the Jets fans could cheer for (Robby Anderson), but they still need plenty more help.
Speaking of the Jets fans and cheering, let’s talk about what the letters really mean?
We will also talk about what this means for the team’s future, especially this coming season with the draft.
The Letter J for Jinxed
The Jets are merely jinxed. They haven’t had an elite quarterback since Vinny Testaverde and Chad Pennington. However, neither one of them had the success in the playoffs that former Southern California quarterback Mark Sanchez once had.
Sanchez took the Jets to back-to-back AFC championship games coming up short of the Superbowl despite beating both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in the 2010 playoffs before losing to the Baltimore Ravens team who went on to win the Superbowl.
The only Jets quarterback to win a Superbowl was Hall of Famer Joe Namath.
The Jets fans have lots of memories that will be remembered forever like the butt fumble on Thanksgiving day against division rival New England Patriots who went on to blow the Jets away.
There are other memories with other quarterbacks like Geno Smith, Tim Tebow, Brett Favre, Michael Vick, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty, who have all played at least one game for the Jets over the past 10 seasons.
The Jets have now put the faith of the team in the hands of veteran quarterback Josh McCown as they have resigned him to a one-year deal.
Jets also added former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. They still have Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on the roster, so why they wanted to trade up three spots in the draft makes no sense.
McCown will be the starter as the team enters training camps, but will they add another quarterback like Wyoming’s Josh Allen or UCLA’s Josh Rosen.
I guess we’ll all have to wait and see.
The Letter E for Embarrassing
The Jets have been an embarrassment for their fans and the city of New York. You could say that former head coach Rex Ryan was the start of all embarrassing moments that took place, but when was the last time the Jets even won their division.
When Rex Ryan came on as head coach, he brought one of the top defenses with him, yet that still wasn’t enough to knock the Patriots off from winning the division title.
What was even more embarrassing was how Rex Ryan and the Jets continuously took a beating from the Patriots later in the season after coming up with an early victory.
As we look at them now, the defense is not the same as it was with Ryan and they have missed a lot in the draft.
For Example, Dee Milliner was a former first-round pick by the New York Jets in the 2013 draft. He is now out of the league.
In 2014, the Jets used their first-round pick on another defensive back, Calvin Pryor and ended up trading him to the Cleveland Browns before he was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars in late December.
The Jets could look to draft yet another defensive back with their first-round draft pick. Possible names available are Florida State’s Derwin James, Ohio State’s Denzel Ward, and Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick.
There may even be a chance that the Jets draft a defensive end like Bradley Chubb, but we’ll wait and hope they make the right decision.
The Letter T for Terrible
Like the Jets defense, the offense wasn’t any better. It’s actually terrible, and that’s what the T in the word JETS stands for.
We already know the history of the team’s quarterbacks over the past 10 seasons, but now we will look at the running backs and how terrible they have been for the Jets over the years.
Most of the running backs that the Jets had were like the quarterbacks, either at the end of their careers or didn’t fit what the team had in mind.
The last franchise running back that the Jets had was Curtis Martin, and he leads the franchise with the most rushing yards and touchdowns. Since then the Jets have been a mediocre running team. In the last 10 seasons, the Jets have tried to find that franchise running back, and as things stand now, it could be Bilal Powell. However, they just signed Isaiah Crowell, and they still have Elijah McGuire.
But between Martin and his career 10000 plus yards for the Jets, there were many others to follow. Others like Thomas Jones, LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene, Chris Ivory and Matt Forte.
Chris Ivory signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars after becoming a free agent in 2015. Matt Forte has just announced his retirement. Isaiah Crowell has been signed to replace Forte, but after another terrible season with only two rushing touchdowns the Jets could have just signed him as an emergency policy for the top back in the draft, Saqoun Barkley.
As terrible as the Jets running game has been, Barkley could be the answer to it all. If he were to fall into the hands of the Jets, they could possibly take him No. 3 overall. Barkley has over 5000 yards and 51 touchdowns in his three years at Penn State, so just imagine what he could do at the NFL level. Now that’s not terrible anymore, but it would be a shame if they did pass on the opportunity to have a franchise back again.
The Letter S for Shame
Shame is nothing new for this Jets team. They have been the last place team in their division in three of the past four seasons. They are also the third worst team regarding playoff droughts (7) behind the Browns as mentioned earlier (15) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10).
The Jets traded up to number three in draft. With that move, we should expect to see the Jets draft a quarterback. For the Colts, it didn’t mean much to them because the player they want would most likely still be available to them at No. 6.
Along with the 6th pick, the Colts would receive two 2018 second rounders (37th and 49th) and one 2019 second round pick.
That is a lot for one team to give up just to move up three spots. It will be a shame if the Jets end up drafting somebody that would not help their immediate future. Let’s see what will happens with the Jets in the Draft and how they finish the 2018 season. The Jets still own four more draft picks in 2018, and they could very well help themselves.
But we can only wait and see what they do. Until then let’s talk about who we think they should really be taking with the No. 3 pick. Comment with your opinion below.
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