If one built a Jets super-offense using the best individual seasons at each position since 2005, what would it look like?
Our All-Star lineup will be taking the field in 11-personnel:
- 3 WR
- 1 RB
- 1 TE
- 1 LT
- 1 LG
- 1 C
- 1 RG
- 1 RT
- 1 QB
Wide receiver #1 – Brandon Marshall, 2015
109 catches, 173 targets, 1,503 yards (93.9 per game / 8.7 per target), 14 touchdowns, 77 first downs (44.5% rate)
This one is the biggest no-brainer on the list.
Marshall had arguably the greatest campaign for a wide receiver in Jets history, setting the franchise single-season record for receiving yards while tying Don Maynard (1965) and Art Powell (1960) for the receiving touchdowns record (although Maynard and Powell each played only 14 games).
Marshall’s average of 93.9 yards per game in 2015 sits third behind Maynard’s 1968 (99.8) and 1967 (102.4) seasons, but Maynard had “only” 10 touchdowns in each of those two seasons.
Plus, Marshall did it all with Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing the passes. Even in his 2015 career-year, Fitzpatrick was one of the least accurate quarterbacks in football, ranking 26th out of 32 qualifiers in adjusted completion percentage (drops, throwaways, etc. accounted for) at 70.5%.
Wide receiver #2 – Eric Decker, 2015
80 catches, 132 targets, 1,027 yards (68.5 per game / 7.8 per target), 12 touchdowns, 61 first downs (46.2% rate)
Decker was the perfect complement to Marshall in 2015. The duo set a new NFL record with its combined total of 26 touchdown receptions.
The former Bronco was a model of consistency, grabbing a touchdown in 12 out of his 15 appearances and also posting at least 50 yards in 12-of-15. He never had a game with more than one drop and posted at least 37 yards and two first downs in every game. That is a tremendous floor – consider that in 2019, Robby Anderson had nine games with fewer than 37 yards while Jamison Crowder had seven.
Chan Gailey elected to use Decker in the slot on 68.3% of his passing snaps in 2015. Decker had not played primarily in the slot since 2011, and for good reason, as in that 2011 season, he ranked 25th out of 25 qualifiers in yards per route run out of the slot (0.68).
Gailey’s decision to move Decker inside turned out to be a genius one. Decker ranked sixth out of 27 qualifiers in yards per route run out of the slot (1.80) and placed fifth in receiving yards (695), fifth in receptions (56), and third in touchdowns (7) from the slot.