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ESPN's Mike Clay Predicts Jets Will Be #1 Seed In The AFC

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The biggest weakness is Safety.

Strongest unit, CBs best 3 in NFL

Has OL ranked as the 3rd best unit in the NFL and they now have depth.

Has Breece eclipsing 1600 yards from scrimmage in 14 games. Best fantasy pick up.

Biggest Question Mark, Aaron Rodgers

Best team in the east.

Said Joe Douglas did an incredible job this off season. Gave example of Atlanta having a similar window and they drafted a QB.



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Best Jets roster many of us have ever seen.  If this team can't get some pre-season love then what's the point of listening/reading what people are saying about them?

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On 6/24/2024 at 3:42 PM, Claymation said:


If Rodgers does not miss any significant time, I agree with this.  Not only are the Jets talented, I can feel the chemistry they have.  This is a top notch team.  

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4. New York Jets

Biggest strength: Cornerback. New York has the league's top CB trio. Sauce Gardner is already arguably the league's best corner, having been a first-team All-Pro in each of his first two seasons. Perimeter running mate D.J. Reed (fourth among CBs in tackles since 2021) is one of the league's most underrated defensive backs, and former fifth-round flier Michael Carter has developed into one of the league's top slot corners. -- Clay

Biggest weakness: Safety. The Jets are pretty stacked, but safety is one area with question marks. Jordan Whitehead (the only Jets defender who departed after playing 600-plus snaps last season) is out and Chuck Clark is in at safety. Clark (ACL) missed all of 2023, but he was productive before that, totaling 274 tackles (ninth most among safeties) with Baltimore from 2020 to 2022. He'll team up with returning starters Tony Adams and Ashtyn Davis. -- Clay

X factor for 2024: Left tackle Tyron Smith. OK, the real answer is Aaron RodgersAchilles. But after that, a lot hinges on Smith. This team is in better shape to contend today than it was a year ago because of the additions at tackle (Smith, Morgan Moses and Olu Fashanu), but it also is one injury to an injury-prone player away from the offensive line becoming a question mark again. -- Walder

Nonstarter to know: Defensive tackle Solomon Thomas. Most 4-3 defenses rotate their interior linemen, so Thomas is going to see playing time behind the great Quinnen Williams and new arrival Javon Kinlaw. Last season, he was strong against the run but had only nine pressures despite five sacks. The Jets will need more from him in the pass rush this season. -- Schatz

Projected Starters For The Jets

QB Aaron Rodgers DT Quinnen Williams
RB Breece Hall DT Javon Kinlaw
WR Garrett Wilson EDGE Haason Reddick
WR Mike Williams EDGE Jermaine Johnson
WR Malachi Corley EDGE Will McDonald IV
TE Tyler Conklin LB C.J. Mosley
TE Jeremy Ruckert LB Quincy Williams
LT Tyron Smith CB Sauce Gardner
LG John Simpson CB D.J. Reed
C Joe Tippmann CB Michael Carter II
RG Alijah Vera-Tucker S Chuck Clark
RT Morgan Moses S Tony Adams



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