FLORHAM PARK, NJ — The New York Jets open training camp on July 26 at the Atlantic Health Training Center in Florham Park. Is this the year they turn it around? Despite the NFL’s longest active playoff drought (11 years), the Jets fueled optimism with a strong offseason, highlighted by making three first-round picks.
Coach Robert Saleh, 4-13 in his first season, is trying to change the losing culture. They have a coaching foundation, with all three returning coordinators. The Jets are the only AFC East team that can boast such continuity.
They have tougher roster decisions than last year, which is a good thing. It illustrates better depth at certain positions, meaning players such as wide receiver Denzel Mims and cornerback Bryce Hall might generate trade interest.
Circumstances have changed. Instead of player development, the primary objective last year, they have to put more emphasis on winning now. That will affect how they stack certain positions.
Our 53-man projection:
QUARTERBACK (3): Zach Wilson, Joe Flacco, Mike White
New year, different philosophy. Criticized last season for carrying two untested quarterbacks on the opening day roster — Wilson and White — the Jets now have a seasoned backup in Flacco, whom they re-signed after a midseason trade. It might be a luxury to carry three, but White, who achieved folk-hero status with an epic performance against the Cincinnati Bengals, is viewed by the organization as a starting-caliber player.