2. New York Jets: Secondary
Jets fans are optimistic for the first time in years due to the addition of Robert Saleh as head coach and Zach Wilson at quarterback, but that doesn’t mean this team is ready for primetime just yet. As evidence, their secondary is still a mishmash of question marks and young players still developing.
As good as Marcus Maye and Lamarcus Joyner are, the cornerback depth chart is awful. Was Bryce Hall’s solid rookie year the product of a small sample size? Can a premium athlete in Ashtyn Davis put his rookie year struggles behind him? Will any one of the boatload of defensive backs the Jets added on Day 3 of the draft emerge?
The Jets have an awful secondary.
Saleh is a defensive coach, but he doesn’t have the players needed to fully implement his scheme. For a Patriots team that’s looking to improve their passing game after such a rough season, they could find plenty of chances to pad their stats against the Jets.
The Jets had one of the worst offenses you will ever see last year, but with Wilson and Mike LaFleur in place now that Sam Darnold is in Carolina and Adam Gase is in the NFL unemployment line, they will be better on that end. The way New England and the rest of the division will keep them down is by attacking them through the air.