2021 Season Roundup: New York didn’t figure to contend for a playoff spot in 2021, but no one thought they would struggle as much as they did. The defense gave up touchdowns in bunches, while the offense had trouble putting points on the board. Big wins against the Bengals and Titans got fans excited, but those smiles faded quickly as rookie quarterback Zack Wilson looked lost at times. Not a single Jet was picked to play in the Pro Bowl.
December 26, 2021: Conor McDermott, a tackle, scored a touchdown on a short pass in a win over the Jaguars. Jacksonville lineman Will Richardson recovered a fumble in the end zone to score, too. It was the first time in a century that two offensive linemen scored touchdowns in the same game.
October 31, 2021: In his first start as a pro, backup quarterback Mike White completed 37 passes for 405 yards in a thrilling 34–31 overtime victory over the Bengals. He and Cam Newton are the only players in history to throw for over 400 yards in their first NFL starts. The Jets had cut White four different times before giving him a chance this season.
2021 Season Preview: The Jets took Zach Wilson with the number-two pick in the 2021 draft and New York fans can hardly wait to see him grab the starting quarterback job. The team has a long way to go to play .500 football, but should do better against the NFL’s better teams than in seasons past.
2020 Season Roundup: Jets fans weren’t expecting miracles in 2020, but the team’s dismal 2–14 record was a big surprise. An injury to quarterback Sam Darnold was one of many issues, but the entire offense played poorly. Hope for the future is there, however, with promising youngsters Mekhi Becton, Jamison Crowder, Quinnen Williams, and John Franklin-Myers showing flashes during a long losing streak.
September 13, 2020: Frank Gore, in his 16th NFL season, played in his 227th game. This broke the record for running backs, held by Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith.
2020 Season Preview: The Jets are a mix of super talent and frustrating weaknesses. Quarterback Sam Darnold will have better blocking in 2020 and New York fans hope that running back Le’Veon Bell will, too. Top 2019 draft pick Quinnen Williams leads the defensive line, while linebacker CJ Moseley is expected to return to health this fall. The pass defense depends more on the team’s safeties than their cornerbacks, which is unusual in the NFL.
2019 Season Roundup: New York started slowly and finished strong to end up 7–9. The offense never truly got going, putting a lot of pressure on the defense—which still did a good job. Sam Darnold threw for more than 3,000 yards and Le’Veon Bell was the team’s top runner with 789 yards. Jamal Adams had an All-Pro season at safety.
2019 Season Preview: With franchise quarterback Sam Darnold starting his second season and superstar Le’Veon Bell joining the backfield, the Jets could reach double-digit wins in 2019 and possibly unseat the Patriots. The offensive line and pass receivers may hold this duo back, but a good pass defense should keep games close enough for plenty of fourth-quarter heroics.
2018 Season Roundup: The Jets drove their fans crazy in 2018. One week, quarterback Sam Darnold and the offense looked great. The next week they looked terrible. New York’s defense allowed over 400 points despite plenty of talent in the secondary. The result was a 4–11 record, but hope for the future, as Darnold made many big plays in losing causes over the final weeks of the season.
2018 Season Preview: Every Jets fans wants to see first-round pick Sam Darnold nail down the starting quarterback job. But the Jets have a veteran passer on the roster in Josh McCown, and coach Todd Bowles won’t hand Darnold the job for good until he is truly ready. New York’s defense will be full of surprises this year, as Bowles has some real talent to work with, including defensive backs Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. Expect to see lots of blitzing until the defensive line proves it can put steady pressure on opposing QBs.
2017 Season Roundup: The Jets did better than expected in 2017, winning five games. They could have won another four or five with a little more luck and experience. Veteran quarterback Josh McCown had a good season, but the team will have to find a younger quarterback to improve in 2018.
2017 Season Preview: The Jets are in rebuilding mode for 2017 and the fans aren’t happy about it. A group of young players—including rookie defensive backs Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams—will have a chance to turn those frowns upside down. Veteran Josh McCown will play quarterback until Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg is ready to take over.
2016 Season Roundup: The Jets hoped to get another good year out of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but their season fell apart from the start after they lost five of their first six games. The team’s strength in 2015—its defense—gave up more than 400 points in 2016. That erased good efforts from young receivers Quincy Enuwa and Robby Anderson.
2016 Season Preview: Can Ryan Fitzpatrick possibly be as good as he was last year? If the answer is Yes, the Jets could be a 10-to-12 win team. If not, it could be a long season for Gang Green, which faces one of the NFL’s toughest schedules. Matt Forte leads the running attack, while Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Darrelle Revis give the team a solid defense.
December 6, 2015: Brandon Marshall set a record by gaining 1,000 receiving yards for his fourth different NFL team. He had 1,000-yard seasons for the Broncos, Dolphins and Bears. Marshall later became the first Jet to catch 100 passes.
2015 Season Preview: Although the Jets are unsure who their quarterback will be at the end of the season, they know who he’ll be throwing to: new receiver Brandon Marshall. Meanwhile, slashing running back Chris Ivory will keep opponents on their toes. A great secondary that includes returning star Darrelle Revis will power one of the AFC’s top defenses.
September 2, 2014: The Jets offense has nowhere to go but up in 2014. Under rookie QB Geno Smith, the club struggled to score in 2013, especially through the air. The addition of Denver touchdown-maker Eric Decker will help, as will veteran running back Chris Johnson.The defense will be tough against the run again this year, but needs to improve against the pass. Fans hope that rookie safety Calvin Pryor can turn be a game-changer in the New York secondary.
October 20, 2013: Rookie quarterback Geno Smith led the team on a game-winning drive to beat the Patriots in overtime. Smith is the first player since 1970 to lead four game-winning drives in the 4th quarter or overtime in his first 7 starts.
September 22, 2013: The Jets defeated the Bills 27–20 despite being penalized 20 times. The last time a team won a game with 20 or more penalties was in 1951.
September 4, 2013: An injury to Mark Sanchez opened the way for rookie Geno Smith, who will learn on-the-job in 2013. The defense is not as good after the team traded Darrelle Revis, but still has plenty of playmakers. Much will depend on how well Smith and his teammates adjust to a new offense, which will feature lots of short passes.
February 2, 2013: February 2, 2013: New York dropped to 6–10 and at season’s end no one was sure who the starting quarterback should be. The team’s defensive backs were the best in the business, but the Jets could not stop the running game.
Summer, 2012: Mark Sanchez? Tim Tebow? Both? The question of who will quarterback the Jets in 2012 should keep fans on the edge of their seats all year. A great defense should keep the Jets in games while head coach Rex Ryan figures out who will call the signals each week.