4. New York Jets
2016 Record: 5-11, 4th in the AFC East
The New York Jets have entered full tank mode. Since the end of last season, the Jets have parted ways with: Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, and Eric Decker. Additionally, the team will enter training camp with quarterbacks: Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, and 2016 second-round pick Christian Hackenberg.
New York had a 2-4 record against division opponents last season, a step down from their 2015 record of 3-3. In 2017, the Jets won’t put up much of a fight against opponents. The 2018 draft looks top heavy with quarterbacks, and if they lose enough games they’ll have a good chance at selecting one.
In this year’s draft, New York did a good job addressing their secondary. With the sixth overall pick, they took strong safety Jamal Adams, and with their second-round pick, they took another strong safety in Marcus Maye. By taking Adams, the Jets have a defender who can handle the task of lining up against Rob Gronkowski. He and Leonard Williams will likely serve as the cornerstones of New York’s defense for years to come.
The Jets will visit Buffalo to start their season and New England to finish it. As it stands, while the Patriots look poised to enter Week 17 undefeated, New York could arrive in Foxborough without a win to their name.