3. New York Jets
Last season was a rollercoaster for the Jets as they started the year 7-4 before losing the final six games to finish with a record of 7-10. Although they looked like a playoff team for most of the season, they ended up missing the postseason for the 12th consecutive season.
A big reason why they struggled, especially in the second half of the season, is because their quarterback play was very disappointing. Zach Wilson, who they drafted second overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, struggled mightily, putting up some of the worst production among starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Their backups, Joe Flacco and Mike White, were a bit better, but they weren’t good enough to keep the ship from sinking.
The Jets’ front office was clearly fed up with this, as they made one of the biggest moves of the offseason by trading for Aaron Rodgers.
This move gives them one of the more talented quarterbacks in the NFL, who won back-to-back MVPs in 2019 and 2020. Rodgers didn’t have an amazing season last year, but there’s no doubt he is one of the best gunslingers in the league when he is at his best.
The Jets made some other moves to improve their offense, like adding wide receivers Allen Lazard, Mecole Hardman, and Randall Cobb in free agency.
The Jets quietly had one of the best defenses in the NFL last season, and now they’ve added a star quarterback to their offense. Their offensive line is still a big question mark, and you can argue the Jets gave up too much draft capital for a 39-year-old quarterback. However, the moves they made undeniably make them a better team and give them a chance to be one of the top teams in the AFC if things work out.