Jets projection for 2022 season
It’s been a rough 11 years for the New York Jets since 2011, missing the playoffs each season and finishing with a winning record just once. But now with Zach Wilson and a bevy of young playmakers on the roster – including three first-round rookies – the Jets appear to be a team on the rise.
Nate Davis of USA TODAY (subscriber only) just doesn’t see them rising very much in 2022. Davis released his annual record predictions for each team and he has the Jets going 5-12, only one game better than last year’s record.
Davis acknowledges the excitement around the newcomers — cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, wide receiver Garrett Wilson, defensive end Jermaine Johnson and running back Breece Hall – but doesn't believe it's enough to make the Jets playoff-bound.
The Jets' success mostly comes down to one thing: the play of the quarterback.
Wilson struggled as a rookie, throwing only nine touchdown passes compared to 11 interceptions. He only completed 55.6% of his passes, too, going 3-10 in his 13 games as the starter. But rookie quarterbacks are expected to struggle in the NFL, and Year 2 is when they typically improve noticeably.
Wilson needs better protection up front, which will hopefully come in the form of Mekhi Becton and George Fant on the edges, but Wilson himself must improve, too. There’s a good chance that if he’s an above-average quarterback in 2022, the Jets will finish close to .500 or better.