Last month, we caught up with former Jets players to assess how they performed with their new team in 2020. Now that this process is complete, let’s attempt to put together an all-former Jets team for 2020:
Quarterback – Teddy Bridgewater
Although he only won four games, Bridgewater ended up fifth in the NFL in completion percentage and accounted for 20 total touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. It will be interesting to see what’s next for Bridgewater, with rumblings that the Panthers could be set to target a young quarterback.
Running Back – Raheem Mostert
Since Le’Veon Bell proved to be such a big disappointment with the Chiefs, Mostert earns this spot despite being limited to eight games due to injury. Mostert rushed for 521 yards and averaged five yards per rush and almost 10 yards per catch, showing his gamebreaking abilities on an 80-yard first snap touchdown run against the Jets.
Fullback – Nick Bellore
Bellore only played 35 offensive snaps and touched the ball just twice, but his 14 special teams tackles earned him a long overdue first career pro bowl spot. Bellore, a former undrafted rookie who spent his first four years as a reserve linebacker with the Jets, has now been in the league for a decade.
Tight End – Anthony Firkser
Firkser put together a career year with 41 catches for over 400 yards and a touchdown (including two catches for 44 yards in the postseason loss to the Bills). The Jets had tried Firkser out as a fullback, perhaps believing he was too short to play tight end at the NFL level.
Wide Receivers – Robby Anderson and Chad Hansen
Anderson put together his first thousand-yard season and was in the top 10 in pass receptions, establishing himself as a much more well-rounded player than the Jets’ coaching staff and local media ever gave him credit for. Hansen came out of nowhere to post a hundred-yard game in his first appearance with the Texans and ended up being productive over the last five games with 17 catches, 236 yards and a score.
Offensive Line – Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell at tackle, Dakota Dozier at center, James Carpenter and Oday Aboushi at guard
The number of former Jets offensive linemen to start at least one game in 2020 was into double figures, with Shell and Beachum in particular doing well in full time roles, although Shell was banged-up down the stretch. While he struggled at times, Dozier was durable for the Vikings, leading them in offensive snaps, so he earns a spot due to his ability to play center. Aboushi graded out well in eight starts for the Lions and Carpenter had zero penalties in 13 starts for Atlanta. Tom Compton, who only started three games, Brian Winters, who was benched, and Kelechi Osemele, who got injured in the fifth game of the year, narrowly miss out.
Defensive Line – Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams and Shelby Harris
Williams racked up a career-high 11.5 sacks, after having only had two tackles for loss in 2019. Richardson had 64 tackles and 4.5 sacks and Harris added 32 tackles and 2.5 sacks and seven passes defensed in just 11 games. Steve McLendon and Mike Pennel narrowly miss out, although you could make a case for either if you feel this group needs a proper nose tackle.
Edge Defenders – Kerry Hyder and Jeremiah Attaochu
With Nick Bosa out, Hyder made the most of his opportunity as he started the last 14 games and racked up a career high 8.5 sacks. Attaochu edges out Jordan Willis for the other spot as he had five sacks in 13 games.
Linebackers – Demario Davis and Kevin Pierre-Louis
Davis was once again snubbed by pro bowl voters despite racking up 119 tackles and four sacks. Pierre-Louis had a career year in Washington, to edge out Avery Williamson for the other spot. Pierre-Louis had 56 tackles in 11 starts as he played well in coverage.
Cornerbacks – Buster Skrine and Darryl Roberts
This could be a weak spot for this team, as both Skrine and Roberts had some struggles. Skrine – who has since been released – had 66 tackles, three passes defensed and a forced fumble, but also gave up four touchdowns in coverage. Roberts, who spent some time in the slot, ended up with six passes defensed and one interception. Youngster Tevaughn Campbell was close to earning selection, but he also had his ups and downs.
Safeties – Jamal Adams and Juston Burris
Adams went to the pro bowl again, as he racked up 83 tackles and 9.5 sacks in just 12 games, but he was banged-up all year and struggled in coverage. Burris, one of a number of players on this list to thrive having changed position after leaving the Jets, had a solid year with 53 tackles, four pass breakups and an interception in 12 starts.
Kicker – Jason Myers
Myers didn’t get selected for the pro bowl, despite the fact he was actually perfect on field goals in 2020. He did miss four extra points, though.
Punter – Lachlan Edwards
No former Jet punted in 2020, but Edwards spent time on the Chargers’ practice squad towards the end of the season.
Long snapper – Zach Triner
Triner won a Super Bowl ring in his second season with the Bucs. He was with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2017.
Return Specialist – Andre Roberts
Finally, Roberts once again went to the pro bowl as he averaged 28.5 yards per kickoff return and 9.2 yards per punt return. He did lose two fumbles though and only caught four passes on offense.
What do you think of this team? Could it have beaten the 2020 Jets? And what does this tell us about how the team has been managed over the past few years?