The Jets won their first game of the season, a decisive 20-6 victory over the Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Here are some thoughts and observations from the game:
1. The Jets assembled as a team for the first time five months ago when the offseason program began. It was the first time the 2017 Jets were officially together. But those Jets do not look like the Jets that were on the field for Sunday’s win over the Dolphins.
General manager Mike Maccagnan has quietly gone about filling holes on his roster without much fanfare, but the moves have paid big dividends early in the season. So while the Jets looked like they might have the worst roster in the NFL at times this spring and summer, it’s hard to make that claim now.
Six players who started Sunday’s game were not on the team in April. Three were not on the team a month ago. Maccagnan has constantly tinkered with his roster and those changes are showing positive returns.
Players such as Jermaine Kearse, Jeremy Kerley, Demario Davis and Kony Ealy were added to the roster through trades, waiver claims and free agency. Throw in the 2017 draft class, which has looked good so far with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye leading the way, and Maccagnan’s moves have given Todd Bowles something to work with.
Now, we’re not building a statue of Maccagnan just yet. There are plenty of questions about his first two draft classes and some free-agency moves, but he deserves kudos for what he has added to this roster in recent months.
The Jets went into this offseason in teardown mode and they dumped high-priced veterans such as Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall, Darrelle…
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