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NFL Report Card: New York Jets

 

Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter (@FantasyFlurry) your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!

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Yes, they blew it in week 17, but the Jets played very well overall this season (10-6). You cannot overlook that they were almost, and should have been, back in the playoffs. The offense had its moments, but they were pretty darn good usually. Ryan Fitzpatrick enjoyed success throwing to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Marshall was breaking records left-and-right towards the end of the season. The two seemed to be the unstoppable receiving duo this season by totaling a combined 189 catches for 2,529 yards and 26 touchdowns! They were balanced out by the tough, yet inconsistent, running of Chris Ivory. Even with the inconsistency, he still ran over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.

New York Jets

The Jets also put together a top-five defense this season. They gave up only 318.6 yards per game, good for fourth-best in the league. Muhammad Wilkerson was the leader of this tough, run-stopping defense. He continues to be one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in the league. Darrelle Revis also returned this season after earning a ring with their rivals just a season ago. He may not have been worth the money, but he still made plays when needed. Second-year corner from NDSU, Marcus Williams, also made plays and intercepted six passes during the season.

Final Grade: B

Biggest Off-Season Needs?

Let’s start offensively. They knew Chris Ivory would walk if he wasn’t paid, so they let him, then signed veteran Matt Forte and re-signed Bilal Powell. Left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson was a great player, but he was a candidate to be cut because of his declining play and large salary. Instead he retired, and the Jets immediately traded the Broncos for Ryan Clady. The only thing the Jets need to do now is address the quarterback position. Ryan Fitzpatrick apparently wants more money than the team is willing to give him, but they might have to eat it this time and sign him to a short deal. Defensively they needed help at linebacker. They re-signed Erin Henderson, then signed Bruce Carter. They could continue to build depth on the defense, but their main focus right now is to get a quarterback.

 

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