The New York Jets have had another excellent offseason. They made upgrades in free agency at positions of need and came out of the 2022 NFL Draft as huge winners. Seven selections were made and the Jets hit on all seven, receiving praise for the prospects they landed and how they maneuvered around the draft board.
New York looks like a team that is poised to take that next step and surprise some people in 2022. Everyone is looking out for who could be the next Cincinnati Bengals and the Jets very well could be that team.
They aren’t a finished product by any means, but Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh have done an incredible job of improving the outlook of the team and upgrading the roster. If Zach Wilson can live up to expectations of being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, this team will be going places.
Wilson struggled at points during his rookie season, which is to be expected of any young quarterback, especially when making the jump from BYU to the NFL. His game needs some polish, but he showed signs of improvement down the stretch of the season.
His development is key to the Jets reaching that next level. The front office did everything they could to ensure he takes that next step, upgrading the offensive line and weapons around him. The 10th overall pick was used on wide receiver Garrett Wilson, a second-rounder on running back Breece Hall and a third-rounder on tight end Jeremy Ruckert.
They are joining what was an already strong group of skill position players with second-year players, running back Michael Carter and wide receiver Elijah Moore, wide receivers Corey Davis and Braxton Berrios and free-agent signings, tight ends Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah.
The pieces are in place for Wilson to make that leap in his development. Chris Collinsworth is one analyst that believes he will have the biggest second-year leap of any of the quarterbacks from the 2021 draft class.
The Jets are certainly hoping that comes to fruition. Wilson is key to the team getting out of the doldrums and making improvements on the field this season. The front office has done everything to help him succeed, now he just has to make it work on the field.