Saturday, September 10, 2022

New York Jets Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the New York Jets in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Who's on the hot seat: WR Denzel Mims

Since taking Mims in the second round of the 2020 draft, the Jets signed Corey Davis to a big contract and used two premium draft picks on receivers -- Elijah Moore (second round, 2021) and Garrett Wilson (first, 2022). Get the picture? Mims, drafted by the previous coaching staff, hasn't been embraced by the current staff. He's no better than the fifth or sixth receiver on the depth chart. Barring a dramatic turnaround, Mims could be playing elsewhere this season. The Jets should be able to recoup a late-round draft pick in a trade. -- Rank: 26

Does Zach Wilson have infinite rope in Year 2? Joe Flacco is likely to get the call on Sunday against the Ravens (and perhaps a week or two beyond that) as Wilson works his way back from last month's knee procedure. Coming off a rocky rookie year from Wilson, it's fair to wonder if the Jets -- now 11 years deep into the longest playoff drought in the NFL -- will stick with their No. 2 overall pick if he doesn't show signs of improvement early on. The Jets finally have legitimate pieces on both sides of the ball -- they might be one solid quarterback away from contention in the AFC playoff race. It's absolutely possible that Wilson makes a big developmental leap in Year 2, but the Jets must be prepared if the opposite scenario presents itself.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

With Zach Wilson down with an injury, it means it's Joe Flacco time for a bit. They won't win a lot of games this year anyway, but Wilson needs the work.

The Athletic -- Rank: 29

The good news: Seven players cut by the Jets during this year's roster cutdown were claimed by other teams! That must mean the roster is in way better shape.

The bad news: The Jets failed to get anything in return for those players. Also, everyone expects their young quarterback to be outplayed by 37-year-old Joe Flacco.

Nugget to remember: The Jets desperately need Carl Lawson to be the player they thought he was going to be when they signed him last offseason. Per Football Outsiders, the Jets have ranked in the bottom two each of the last three seasons in the percentage of sacks they get from edge rushers.

The Ringer -- Rank: 28

Last season, in his first year as the Jets' head coach, Robert Saleh led a defense that finished the year last in EPA per play allowed, yards allowed, and points allowed—not a great start for a defensive-minded coach. Oh, and rookie quarterback Zach Wilson looked horrible in the 13 games he started, finishing the year 34th in EPA per dropback and CPOE composite among qualified passers, per The Jets are a mess and won't be any cleaner until Wilson and Saleh's defense aren't literally the league's worst performers.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 27

We're still waiting for word on Zach Wilson's availability, but it seems his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery is going well. The Jets won't rush him and risk setting him back for what is a crucial second season.

PFT -- Rank: 31

Hopefully, ownership will give the current regime enough time to get the most out of their current roster.

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