Don’t count the Jets out as contenders in 2019.
Entering his sixth season in the league with a team other than the Ravens for the first time since being drafted, linebacker C.J. Mosley believes New York will bring competition to the AFC East and beyond this season.
“Now that we’ve got a new little mix-up, got some new people around and some new faces, we’re all eager and we’re all ready,” he said earlier this offseason, via the team’s official website. “We know the whole NFL is sleeping on the Jets, so we’re ready to prove them wrong.”
The Jets signed Mosley to a five-year deal worth up to $85 million in March after the Ravens opted not to not place the franchise tag on him, but he wasn’t the only big offseason acquisition.
The Jets overhauled the coaching staff by bringing in coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams before adding star running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Jamison Crowder. New York later selected standout defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the third overall pick of April’s draft.
Mosley and his new teammates will be faced with the tall task of turning around a Jets team that has won 14 combined games over the past three seasons, though they appear up for the challenge.
“I think we’re eager,” Mosley said. “Definitely young, and we know that. But as a group and collectively, we already know the people that have been here, the coaches that have been here and all they’ve heard since they’ve been here is we’ll lose.”
Mosley, who turned 27 last month, was selected 17th overall out of Alabama in the 2014 draft. He made four Pro Bowl appearances in five seasons with the Ravens and had at least 100 tackles in every season except 2016 (92) when he missed two games.