The additions of Le’Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley make things quite interesting relating to the New York Jets player power rankings.
Heading into the 2019 offseason, Jamal Adams was the undisputed best player on the New York Jets. Thanks to a pair of superstar signings, Le’Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley, suddenly, that designation doesn’t seem so secure.
After free agency and prior to the NFL Draft is the perfect time to run down the team’s player power rankings.
- 30: Trenton Cannon, RB
- 29: Parry Nickerson, CB
- 28: Deontay Burnett, WR
- 27: Josh Bellamy, WR
- 26: Nathan Shepherd, DT
- 25: Brandon Copeland, EDGE
- 24: Brandon Shell, T
- 23: Doug Middleton, FS
- 22: Steve McLendon, NT
- 21: Brian Poole, CB
- 20: Elijah McGuire, RB
- 19: Darryl Roberts, CB
- 18: Brian Winters, G
- 17: Kelvin Beachum, T
- 16: Darron Lee, ILB
- 15: Jamison Crowder, WR
- 14: Jordan Jenkins, EDGE
- 13: Kelechi Osemele, G
- 12: Trumaine Johnson, CB
- 11: Marcus Maye, FS
From a top 10 standpoint, there are names to get excited about. The problem comes when realizing not one offensive lineman or edge rusher can dream of cracking the top 10. The top players on the team don’t play the most valuable spots (other than Sam Darnold) in the NFL.
Marcus Maye barely misses the top 10. Though extraordinarily talented, the Florida product must first prove his health. Missing 10 games in 2018, the kid is looking forward to a more productive 2019.
Once considered a lock for the top 10, Trumaine Johnson, despite the money, might not even deserve his No. 12 ranking. Two-time Pro Bowl guard Kelechi Osemele is by far the Jets most talented lineman. In fact, he’s the only lineman on the squad who’s previously qualified for the Pro Bowl.
The Top 10
10. Henry Anderson, DT
Henry Anderson’s coming out party in 2018 served as the real deal. His seven-sack, 35-tackle performance complements Leonard Williams beautifully up the middle.
The Anderson-Williams interior duo is one of the better couples in the league at the position in sub-package rushing situations as long as an edge rushing presence exists (at least on one side).
9. Chris Herndon, TE
Young Chris Herndon is already one of the Jets better players.
Herndon, 23, hauled in 39 passes for 502 yards and four scores through the air during his rookie campaign. With added weapons around him, his vertical threat abilities will severely test defenses in 2019.
8. Avery Williamson, ILB
As steady as they come, Avery Williamson provided a much-needed pleasant surprise during his first year in Florham Park.
He’ll now be teamed with C.J. Mosley along the second level. Questions persist surrounding the pass-coverage abilities of the duo, but, overall, the two make for a solid tag-team.
7. Robby Anderson, WR
What Robby Anderson lacks in size he makes up in straight-line speed. His blazing 9-route track speed scares every defense into shading the single-high safety to his side.
In 2017, Anderson established himself as a legitimate threat. In 2018, he represented Darnold’s favorite target. All told, Anderson went for 752 yards and six touchdowns on 50 grabs in 14 games.
6. Quincy Enunwa, WR
With Anderson scaring defenders deep, Quincy Enunwa is punishing them underneath.
Enunwa is the team’s lone legitimate possession receiver who can do it all within every area of the field. Better yet, the man is a beast. He’s built like a tight end yet comes to the football party with wideout talent.
Like Maye, Enunwa still has a lot to prove in the area of health. He’s been hurt far too often over the course of his young career. Injuries are the only thing that could derail this No. 6 ranking.
5. Leonard Williams, DT
The Big Cat still shows up every Sunday equipped with the same scary talent he’s always possessed. Unfortunately, the world expected more than just one Pro Bowl visit from such a “special” player who dropped to the sixth hole during Mike Maccagnan’s first NFL Draft.
Part of it is absolutely the lack of talent on the outside. Some of it falls on Leonard Williams’s own shoulders. The 2019 season is the final one on Leo’s rookie deal. It’s a huge season for the big man.
4. Sam Darnold, QB
The young quarterback comes in at No. 4. Ahead of Leo and behind Le’Veon Bell seemed like the perfect spot for the burgeoning stud at the position.
Sam Darnold, despite an average statistical production during his rookie season, showcases everything talent evaluators want to see at this level. He’s smart, strong, and, perhaps most importantly, fearless while practicing importance via his football IQ and ball security.
Quite literally, the only thing that held the kid back during his rookie campaign was his offensive line. Young Darnold’s final stretch showcased an incredible jump in play as compared to his first several weeks in the league that plays for pay.
3. Le’Veon Bell, RB
Folks, Le’Veon Bell is already an older running back. At 27-years-old, very few NFL backs these days enjoy success as such an advanced age. (Go ahead and read down the 2018 rushing leaders list and pay attention to the association of youth.)
Nevertheless, Bell, at least the last time we saw him in 2017, brings insane talent to the table. He just may be the most patient back in NFL history and can do it all from scrimmage.
2. C.J. Mosley, ILB
The reason C.J. Mosley ranks second in front of Le’Veon Bell is based purely on the position. Both will be 27 by the time the season starts but Mosley plays a position that doesn’t discriminate against age as much as running back does.
From the jump, the four-time Pro Bowler is the Jets second-best player. The idea that a 27-year-old free agent can immediately jump to No. 2 on a team’s player power ranking is a definite negative in the world of NFL team building.
1. Jamal Adams, SS
The President holds strong. Jamal Adams is still the New York Jets best player.
Adams, 23, is already the greatest safety in organizational history. As a Second-Team All-Pro in 2018, Adams put together a sophomore season that deserved “best safety in the NFL” status.
His greatest attribute is his mind. While nobody will argue with his freakish athletic talent, his football IQ is off the charts. His knack for the ball and fundamental play is something greatly overlooked. Better yet, the man can play anywhere: the box, the edge, rushing the passer, linebacker, robber, single-high, deep half, deep third, etc.
Until further notice, Jamal Adams is the New York Jets President.