The New York Jets have plenty of weapons surrounding young Sam Darnold entering the 2020 NFL season, his third campaign.
At this point, the bitching is legendary. New York Jets fans of all shapes and sizes take to social media for one express purpose: to fire off a hot take ready to sizzle the organization’s world.
The last two offseasons featured calls for offensive linemen (although, not enough heat in many regards as a Spencer Long or Kelechi Osemele served to appease the crowd). Now that Joe Douglas has brought in plenty of bodies in that area, the weapons have taken center stage. (It’s only natural; the guys who touch the ball and hit SportsCenter are always the top focal point for the majority of fans.)
Why did Douglas not surround young Sam Darnold with enough firepower? We applaud the effort of the question, but the execution is off tenfold. He did.
This Jets team as currently constructed employs plenty of weapons for young Darnold. It’s just tough to see for a variety of reasons and will only prove sufficient as long as it’s given a chance—which is the key for skilled position players across the country at every level.
The talent in 2020 far exceeds 2019
- WR: Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims, Jamison Crowder, Braxton Berrios, Vyncint Smith
- TE: Chris Herndon, Ryan Griffin, Trevon Wesco, Daniel Brown
- RB: Le’Veon Bell, La’Mical Perine, Frank Gore, Trenton Cannon
Now compare that to last year’s group.
- WR: Robby Anderson, Demaryius Thomas, Jamison Crowder, Braxton Berrios, Vyncint Smith
- TE: Ryan Griffin, Trevon Wesco, Daniel Brown
- RB: Le’Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, Bilal Powell, Trenton Cannon
Sorry folks; unless you’re living in a world that puts “superstar” in your mind when thinking about Demaryius Thomas and Ty Montgomery‘s former dominance, the new group is head and shoulders above the fray.