New York Jets: Realistic expectations for Gang Green in 2019

Sam Darnold, New York Jets. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Sam Darnold, New York Jets. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Sam Darnold, New York Jets. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

In 2018 we saw the Jets third overall draft pick, Sam Darnold, have a solid season without a solid wide receiver corps. In 2019 he will be even better.

In Sam Darnold’s rookie season, he threw for 2,685 yards, 17 touchdowns and he also completed 57.7% of his passes. All of this was with a wide receiving corps that was led by Robby Anderson.

In 2019 he will have the addition of Jamison Crowder who has raised his game over the past few seasons but has consistently been overshadowed by another receiver. Now on a young team alongside Anderson and Quincy Enunwa, the world will see just how good Crowder is.

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Not only will they see how good Crowder is, but as a result of his addition, Darnold’s performance should improve as well. The young QB will have yet another target who is capable of making his own plays.

Another addition that will significantly improve the play of Darnold is running back, Le’Veon Bell. The top-notch rusher was one of the big free agents of the 2019 offseason and the Jets signing of him will improve the play of everyone on the Gang Green offense.

In 2018 the Jets leading running back was Isaiah Crowell, who doesn’t hold a candle to the former Steelers star. The addition of Bell, aside from piling up yards on the ground, allows Darnold an outlet to dump the ball off to the three-time Pro Bowler to make plays.

These two additions to the offense, plus the fact that Darnold now has a year’s experience under his belt, will ultimately allow the second-year quarterback to have a fantastic 2019 season. He could even make his first Pro Bowl appearance in only his second season in the NFL.

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All the pieces are there for Darnold to be a top-tier NFL quarterback in only his second season in the league.