Jets Have Hope Despite 0-4 Start


Dan Johnstone, Reporter

The New York Jets showed promise In this past NFL offseason. The acquisition of star running back Le’Veon Bell and veteren linebacker C.J. Mosley, along with a new head coach Adam Gase, gave hope to the Jets’ devotees. The Jets also changed their uniforms with new helmets and jerseys. The new reinvented Jets were ready to start this year’s preseason off with a bang.

 In the Jets second preseason game linebacker Avery Williamson tore his ACL and won’t return this season. That was just the beginning of the Jets downfall. Right tackle Brandon Shell suffered a knee injury and linebacker James Mosley and cornerback Trumaine Johnson  also were sidelined due to injuries. 

Injuries was not the only dilemma the Jets were facing. Kicker Taylor Berlot, who was signed to replace Chandler Cataranzo who abruptly retired, botched three field goals in the preseason finale against the Eagles. The start of the NFL regular season for the Jets was a nailbiter against division foes the Buffalo Bills. The Jets did lose 17-16 but it was a competitive game. The problems for the Jets would only get worse from there with their star young Quarterback Sam Darnold came down with mononucleosis. 

The back-up quarterback is Trevor Siemien. Week two against the Cleveland Browns Siemian started and after completing 3 of 6 passes. He suffered an ankle injury and left the game. It was later revealed that he had torn ligaments in his ankle and his season was over. Now the Jets had to put in third-string quarterback Luke Falk. They ended up losing that game 23-3 to the Browns.

After week two the Jets injuries consisted of C.J. Mosley, Quinnen Williams, Jordan Jenkins, Demaryius Thomas and many more. The Jets would go on to lose their next two games until week six with the return of Darnold. 

Week six the Jets won their first game. It was a sensational 24-22 home victory  over the Dallas Cowboys. Darnold’s return sparked what looked like a brand-new electric offense, including a 92-yard touchdown from wide receiver Robby Anderson which was the first receiving touchdown by a Jet wide receiver this year. 

Since the start of this NFL season there hasn’t been much hope for Jet fans. This is a team with limitless potential but unfortunately it has been decimated by injuries to its core. The fate of the Jets season is now in the hands of Darnold and the remaining uninjured Jets. Let’s hope they can turn around their 1-4 record by the end of this season. The NFL season is a war and they won their first battle week six against the Cowboys, and hopefully that wasn’t their last win.