The never-ending rebuilding loop that the Jets always seem to be stuck in finally seems to have an end in sight. And they will have plenty of high hopes for the future when the full team reports for training camp on July 26.
Here is Part 2 of what to look forward to when Jets training camp begins...
The return of Quincy Enunwa and a better-than-you-think receiving corps
The Jets didn't do much to fix what sure looked like a big problem at receiver this offseason. Why? Because they think they've already got enough there. They love veteran Jermaine Kearse, they saw a lot of potential in Robby Anderson last season, and now Quincy Enunwa is returning from a neck injury. And remember, he was expected to be their No. 1 receiver before he got hurt last year.
They even have depth. ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen didn't do much as rookies, but the Jets think they'll take a big leap this season. If he's healthy, Terrelle Pryor could crack the rotation and be a solid veteran presence. Sure, maybe there's no Odell Beckham, Jr. or Julio Jones in the group, but it's solid and has a good combination of possession receivers and a little breakaway speed.
Leonard Williams with something to prove
The Jets have cleared out the defensive line around him and picked up his fifth-year option for 2019, making it clear to everyone that they're going to build the front of their defense around the 24-year-old pass rusher. That makes sense, given his talent. But it's curious since he only had two sacks last year.
In 2016, he had seven sacks and looked to be on the verge of stardom. Now that's not so certain. The Jets obviously believe he will put it all together this season and become the dangerous player they always expected him to be. The bad influences and distractions on the defensive line are all gone. Now it's all up to him.
Less drama now that the roster has been (mostly) purged of problems
Over the last two years, the Jets have completely cleaned out all the attitude problems from their locker room. They had issues with Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, Sheldon Richardson, and Mo Wilkerson (especially Mo Wilkerson) and they're all gone now. It's a better room. A happier room. And the Jets think that will translate onto the field.
Granted, some behavioral issues remain -- many, given their recent spate of arrests -- but this is more about on-field and in-locker room problems. The Jets had problems the last two years getting along, playing like a team, and getting everyone to do simple things like show up on time. It's a good bet that will be much less of a problem now.