The New York Jets wrap up the 2023 NFL regular season with a Week 18 meeting with the rival New England Patriots. For some Jets fans, it's the bitter end to a disappointing campaign for a franchise that was supposed to compete for a Super Bowl before Aaron Rodgers' season-ending injury. For others, it's a much-needed relief after the debacle of a campaign.
Sunday's contest is also significant to some of the players. Injury issues aside, several Jets failed to meet expectations this season and a shake-up is needed if similar results are to be avoided in 2024. There's just no way around it.
Here are five Jets players who could be playing their last game with the team on Sunday.
5 Jets Players Playing Last Game
1. Randall Cobb, WR
When it was revealed that Rodgers was joining the Jets, no one was shocked that Randall Cobb was right behind him. After all, the duo spent 10 seasons together with the Green Bay Packers, connected for 5,943 yards and 49 touchdowns on 496 completions.
Having said that, Cobb is clearly no longer the player that he once was. While Rodgers' game has aged well and he'll likely be one of the better quarterbacks when he returns next season, Cobb heads into Week 18 with just four catches for 35 yards and a touchdown in 10 games.
To put things into perspective, Cobb has a 20.8 passer rating when targeted, which is worse than if a QB just throws the ball into the ground all game long (39.6). Could things have been better if Rodgers was healthy? Maybe, but maybe not.
At the end of the day, the Jets must let Cobb walk in free agency. It doesn't matter if keeping him around keeps Rodgers happy. If our quarterback feels like he needs a washed-up wideout to win a Super Bowl, management must set him straight. There's just no reason why Cobb should be back in a Jets jersey next season unless he's supporting the team from the stands.