Jets 2021 season preview, roster, depth chart

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The Jets’ hopes hinge on rookie quarterback Zach Wilson.
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There’s no denying that the New York Jets are moving in the right direction.

The offseason was a momentous won, dismissing Adam Gase and bringing on a well-respected figure as head coach in Robert Saleh in an attempt to change the culture of a franchise that reeks of dysfunction.

From spring and into the summer, the Jets got better in key offensive positions. 

Zach Wilson was selected No. 2 overall out of BYU and has been saddled with the expectation of being the Jets’ long-awaited franchise quarterback.

The team’s wide-receiving corps improved with the acquisitions of Corey Davis and Keelan Cole slotting in ahead of the promising big-playmaker in Denzel Mims. 

They attempted to improve their offensive line, but they appear to be minimal as this is still a unit expected to perform in the bottom tier of the league.

But there are still overarching questions that plague this team, which is why you won’t see many projecting the Jets to have a winning record.

Wilson’s assimilation to life in the NFL is still unknown. Yes, he had a strong showing in the preseason but has yet to face off against a No. 1 defense of any team. 

If he performs as he did during the exhibition slate, the Jets suddenly are more of a player in the AFC East.

The problem is their defense is still projected to be one of the worst units in the league — specifically behind a secondary that could quickly expose itself as a liability. The last thing this Jets team will want to do is get into offensive shootouts with the opposition, and that’s what the defense could very well be asking an inexperienced unit to do.



  1. Zach Wilson
  2. Mike White


  1. Tevin Coleman
  2. Ty Johnson
  3. Michael Carter
  4. La’Mical Perine, Josh Adams


  1. Trevon Wesco


  1. Corey Davis
  2. Denzel Mims


  1. Keelan Cole
  2. Jeff Smith


  1. Elijah Moore
  2. Braxton Berrios


  1. Tyler Kroft
  2. Ryan Griffin
  3. Daniel Brown
  4. Trevon Wesco


  1. Mekhi Becton
  2. Chuma Edoga


  1. Alijah Vera-Tucker
  2. Dan Feeney


  1. Connor McGovern
  2. Dan Feeney


  1. Greg Van Roten
  2. Dan Feeney


  1. George Fant, Morgan Moses



  1. John Franklin-Myers
  2. Shaq Lawson


  1. Quinnen Williams
  2. Sheldon Rankins
  3. Jonathan Marshall


  1. Folorunso Fatukasi
  2. Nathan Shepherd


  1. Bryce Huff
  2. Tim Ward


  1. C.J. Mosley
  2. Blake Cashman


  1. Hamsah Nasirildeen
  2. Quincy Williams

Weak Side LB

  1. Jamien Sherwood
  2. Blake Cashman


  1. Bryce Hall
  2. Justin Hardee


  1. Isaiah Dunn, Brandin Echols, Jason Pinnock

Nickel CB

  1. Javelin Guidry
  2. Michael Carter II


  1. Marcus Maye
  2. Sharrod Neasman


  1. Lamarcus Joyner
  2. Sheldrick Redwine

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