We’ve all heard the cliche about how the New York Jets are the only team in the NFL that can really call themselves the “best team in football,” but a few years ago, that claim seemed more and more ridiculous.
While the Jets are not exactly the “most talented team in sports,” they’re one of the most consistently competitive teams in the league.
That’s not to say that the Jets aren’t a bit stingy when it comes to roster building.
The Jets are a perennial playoff team, with an eight-year playoff streak that includes a Super Bowl appearance in 2017.
And while it’s easy to blame the Jets’ struggles on poor drafting or a lack of depth, those issues aren’t the main reason for the Jets failing to win a Super B in a decade.
Instead, it’s the lack of talent at quarterback.
The New York Giants have had a number of talented quarterbacks in recent years, but they’ve never had one who could elevate their team to the Super Bowl.
And that’s where the Jets have been for a long time.
When Eli Manning retired, he left the Jets with a combined 46 career starts, a mark that ranks among the best in the history of the franchise.
And though it’s not often a quarterback can carry a franchise to the title, Manning did it with the New Jersey Generals, a team that went on to win the league title in 2017, and the Super bowl in 2020.
Manning was a Hall of Famer, but the team’s defense was the reason the Generals lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the Superbowl in 2017 and 2019.
While it’s been years since the Jets won a championship, they have won plenty of games.
That doesn’t mean that their quarterback can’t help the team, either.
While Geno Smith hasn’t been quite as impressive as Manning or Smith himself, he has a legitimate shot at playing the role of Manning in New York.
The question, then, is whether the Jets can find a quarterback who can truly be the difference-maker in New England.
Let’s take a look at some of the best prospects the Jets could target and find that quarterback.
Top prospects at quarterback, by position: QB1: Geno Marcus, SyracuseThe Jets might not have a great record in 2017 (they won their division), but Geno is a proven veteran.
Marcus played for the Syracuse Orange and led the team in passing yards with 6,097 in 2018.
His play helped the team win the ACC Championship in 2019.
Marcus is a great fit for the Patriots offense and can be used as a runner or as a passer.
His combination of size, arm strength and accuracy will allow him to create big plays for Brady, as well as take advantage of Brady’s strengths in the pocket.
If Marcus is available, the Jets would be wise to sign him.
QB2: Jameis Winston, Florida State Winston has never been one to get off to a great start, but he made a good impression on the Patriots fans when he went 6-0 as a sophomore.
He completed more than 60 percent of his passes in each of his first two seasons, and he even led the Seminoles to a national championship game win in 2019, which would’ve been the first for a FSU quarterback since Jim Thorpe in 1959.
Winston also had his share of injuries that limited him to just 13 games over the next two seasons.
He missed the final two games of his sophomore year because of an injury, but after he returned, he was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and finished his career with 7,944 passing yards and 19 touchdowns.
The Patriots have some holes at quarterback at this point, but Winston could easily be a top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
QB3: Jared Goff, California Goff is a natural pocket passer, and it’s no surprise that he led the NFL in completion percentage (85.9) in his rookie season.
Goff had just one loss in his final three games, and even though he was sacked 10 times, he threw for 3,946 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Goff has also had a few rough outings in the preseason, but it’s safe to say he’s ready for the pressure and the pressure-happy Patriots.
QB4: Christian Hackenberg, Michigan State Hackenberg is the second quarterback the Jets drafted after Marcus, and both are in the same draft class.
Hackenberg started his college career at Michigan State and made a big impact.
He had 10 career touchdowns and finished with 4,093 passing yards as a senior.
Hackberg’s lack of experience at quarterback is one of his biggest issues, but his size, accuracy and ability to make plays downfield could help him succeed in New Hampshire.
QB5: Zach Mettenberger, Pittsburgh Mettenberg is one for the future, and there are several teams that have the potential to be the Jets next franchise quarterback.
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