New York Jets
Coach: Adam Gase
OC: Dowell Loggains
QBs: Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Davis Webb, Luke Falk
RBs: Le’Veon Bell, Elijah McGuire, Bilal Powell, Ty Montgomery, Trenton Cannon, De’Angelo Henderson, Valentine Holmes
WRs: Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, Jamison Crowder, Tim White, Charone Peake, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson, Deontay Burnette, JJ Jones, Greg Dortch, Quadree Henderson, Jeff Smith
TEs: Chris Herndon, Trevon Wesco, Eric Tomlinson, Daniel Brown,
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 3, Pick 92 – OT – Chuma Edoga – USC
Round 4, Pick 121 – TE – Trevon Wesco – West Virginia
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
WR – Greg Dortch – Wake Forest
WR – Jeff Smith – Boston College
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
RB – Le’Veon Bell
RB – Ty Montgomery
WR – Jamison Crowder
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/19, Veterans 7/24
The Jets enter the 2019 season with new head coach Adam Gase and OC Dowell Loggains. Loggains was with Gase as the Dolphins OC and was the Bears OC in 2016-17. Gase”s resume has been iffy ever since he was the OC for Denver with Peyton Manning as his QB, and the last few years with the Dolphins sure weren’t very bright. Now he gets second year QB Sam Darnold and FA Le’Veon Bell. Our expectations should not be too high but there is a lot to like on this Jets offensive roster.
Starting with Darnold at QB, he had some bright spots in his rookie season, starting 13 games and notching 4 wins. He had a great three game stretch in weeks 5-7 and finished strong in weeks 15 and 16. The Jets still have one of the bottom ranked offensive lines but the offensive skill players around him got better. Darnold will most likely be a QB streaming option for us in typical redraft leagues and a low end QB2 in 2QB leagues. If he can take a step forward this year, perhaps Darnold can enter the top 15 QB discussion for 2020. Behind him we have Trevor Siemien, Davis Webb and Luke Falk so we’ll see if Webb/Falk can push Siemien for the number 2 spot.
And now for Le’Veon Bell and the running backs. There has been a bit of controversy around Adam Gase and Bell, suggesting that Gase did not want to pay for the RB. Gase has used an RBBC approach for the last few seasons in Miami. We’re probably hoping for something like what he did with Knowshon Moreno in 2013 in Denver, which was worth 241 carries and 60 receptions on 74 targets. A player of Bell’s talent should entice Gase to get him the ball as much as possible, so I’m thinking these Moreno numbers are Bell’s floor for 2019. Bell is being drafted in the first round and is probably the riskiest of the first rounders, but also has a high reward with the upside being a top 5 RB. Behind Bell, we have Elijah McGuire, Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery. The Jets decided to resign the veteran Powell and also added Montgomery. All of these backs are versatile and capable of handling carries and targets. We’ll have to monitor who emerges as the number 2 in camp in case of emergency. Bell has been off for a year so durability is a concern, but on the flip side you can argue that he’s as fresh as he’ll ever be. Trenton Cannon and De’Angelo Henderson will compete for the final roster spot.
The Jets have solid trio of starting WRs with Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and FA Jamison Crowder. Robby Anderson finished as the WR37 but played at a WR1 level in weeks 14-16. He’s proving to be more than just a deep ball receiver and was lining up in multiple positions and having success on various routes. Gase has mentioned that he wants to keep being creative and finding different ways to get Anderson the ball. Anderson signed a 1 year tender so he’ll be playing at his best in order to earn a new multi year contract. The Jets gave Quincy Enunwa a 4yr, 36-million dollar deal this offseason as well. Enunwa was Darnold’s favorite target in the first four games of the season but injuries derailed his promising start. He is viewed a big slot WR but the Jets brought in Jamison Crowder who primarily lines up in the slot, so we’re expecting Enunwa to move outside and occasionally line up in the slot. It’s unclear which of these two will be second in the pecking order for targets, but if injury occurs to one of them the other should be considered an asset. After the top 3, it’s a big toss up. We have Tim White, Charone Peake, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson and Deontay Burnette. They signed UDFA Greg Dortch and Jeff Smith as well. We’ll monitor this group to see who makes the roster for 2019 but don’t count on any of them being fantasy relevant this year.
The tight end group for the Jets will be without starter Chris Herndon while he serves his four game suspension. Herndon was beginning to build buzz as an exciting young sleeper at the TE position, but now that he’s missing four games he has almost become undraftable in redraft leagues. He may be worth your last pick or one of the last couple rounds, but it’s difficult to carry a TE who’s already missing 75% of his games. You can snag him as your TE2 as long as you have a starter for the first 4-6 weeks while he gets back into form. While he’s away, the Jets will see what they have in 4th round pick Trevon Wesco out of West Virginia. Wesco will compete with veteran Eric Tomlinson this training camp so we’ll monitor this battle and see who wins the starting job.
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