Saturday, December 26, 2020

New York Jets Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New York Jets rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 31.0 (31st)
  • Best ranking: 31st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 31st (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 16 roundup for the Jets in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

Wish: The right coach/quarterback combination. We spend countless hours analyzing every aspect of every team, but the truth is getting a competent coach and quarterback offers a high floor. The Jets have been a circus under Adam Gase, and there's a feeling that they've never really given Sam Darnold a chance. This offseason, most likely, they'll trade Darnold and draft a top quarterback prospect. They'll also hire a new coach to work with GM Joe Douglas. Yes, the Jets beat the Rams and thus might have ruined their chances of landing Lawrence. But still, there's a roadmap to respectability here.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 31

They showed some fight in beating the Rams, but it's a victory that will sting if they don't pick first overall. But the players don't care about that.

USA Today -- Rank: 31

In the spirit of a team that also fails to lose in the clutch, they're not bad enough to be at the bottom of these rankings any longer.

ESPN -- Rank: 31

Most underrated star: S Marcus Maye

It's tough to hand out any sort of MVP on a 1-13 team, but Maye has played virtually every snap and has two interceptions, two forced fumbles and seven pass breakups. He's a natural free safety, but he played a few games at strong safety because the team needed him there. At 27, he's the elder statesman in the Kiddie Corps secondary. He isn't a dynamic player like former Jet Jamal Adams, but he's steady and smart. Maye will be a free agent after the season, and the Jets should re-sign him. -- Rich Cimini -- Rank: 31

Good on the Jets -- the players and the coaching staff -- for putting together their best effort of the season in a stunning upset win over the Rams in Los Angeles. These people wanted nothing to do with 0-16, and they've successfully avoided joining that ugly little club of two. As for Jets fans? Their panic is understandable, especially with a player as special as Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence possibly sitting atop the list of next year's crop of draft prospects. There's always been a cosmic cruelty to Jets fandom; being put in the position to root for your own team to go 0-16 is some next-level misery that no fan base deserves. The Jets sit behind the Jaguars in the draft pecking order, but this "race" to the bottom isn't over yet.

Previous update: New York Jets Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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