Let's take the next few minutes and have a conversation about the New York Jets that doesn't involve Jamal Adams and his desire to be traded. In fact, let's move off the defense entirely and turn our attention to the offensive side of the ball, which will provide a more optimistic view of Gang Green heading into 2020. After it was one of the least efficient offenses in the league last year, receiver Breshad Perriman, who signed with New York this offseason, does see a unit on the rise.
"I think we can be really dangerous, and I feel like that's everybody's expectations coming into it," Perriman said, via the official team website.
The first thing that will determine if the Jets can have some semblance of a potent offense next season is keeping Sam Darnold upright. Addressing the offensive line was one of the key focus points of GM Joe Douglas this offseason after they were one of the weakest groups in the league in 2019, ranking 30th in adjusted sack rate. They did just that by bringing in the likes of George Fant, Greg Van Roten, and Connor McGovern, while also selecting tackle Mekhi Becton with the No. 11 overall pick at the 2020 draft. That overhaul, at the very least, gives New York a chance to be a much-improved unit in protecting Sam Darnold and in the running game.
Of course, keeping the quarterback off his back is only half the equation; you have to put up points, too. That's where Perriman can factor in. He's set to help replace Robby Anderson, who departed in free agency. The Jets do present an opportunity for Perriman to start on a weekly basis, something that he hasn't been able to achieve in the league since being a first-round selection of the Ravens in 2015. He did show flashes of that potential during the final month of the regular season when he started the final three games for Tampa Bay as Chris Godwin and Mike Evans went down due to injury. Over that stretch, Perriman was simply a monster. He totaled 349 yards receiving and four touchdowns on 17 receptions. It's unfair to expect that kind of play from Perriman over the course of a 16-game regular season with the Jets, but it simply does show promise that New York is getting a really solid receiver for Darnold.
Along with Perriman, the Jets dipped into the draft pool to select Denzel Mims in the second round out of Baylor.
"I think he's going to bring big plays to the table. From what I've heard and the clips that I saw, he's a big play type of guy," Perriman said of Mims. "He can make a small play a big play, which any team would love to have that, so thankfully it's us. We're both bigger type receivers and we both can run. We can both make those big plays, and the small plays turn into big plays. It's going to be fun."
Perriman and Mims will be added to a receiver unit that still features Jamison Crowder, who led the club in receiving in 2019, along with running back Le'Veon Bell and tight end Ryan Griffin. If Darnold can take the necessary leap in Year 3, he does have some fascinating pieces in place that could eventually prove Perriman right, with New York boasting a scrappy offensive attack.