It’s that time again when we rank the NFL teams from 32 to 1. Only this time, we are kickoff things after a little preseason action.
We have seen a lot of player movement from all NFL franchises this offseason. A total of 253 players were selected in April and hundreds more were signed as undrafted free agents. There have also been a number of off-the-field issues as well as injuries that have affected rosters. And now, each of the 32 teams has played at least one preseason games.
So welcome to the first of many editions of this season’s Power Rankings, this after the first series of summertime contests. But don’t read too much into results of those games when it comes to our order of superiority, starting with No. 32 and finishing with the top dog.
Note: Preseason win-loss record and results are included.
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32. New York Jets (1-0)
Preseason Week 1: Defeated Titans, 7-3
While there has been a lot of gloom and doom forecasted for the Green and White this season, the suggestion that the New York Jets are in the process of “tanking” in 2017 is fairly ridiculous. And odds are that the players and coaching staff are getting ready to NOT give it their all is somewhat insulting.
That being said, this is a team in rebuilding mode. While quarterback Josh McCown will start the season, Todd Bowles’ and general manager Mike Maccagnan have to find a long-term solution behind center. Regardless of who winds up pitching this season, there’s a serious lack of offensive weapons on the roster.
Youth and free agency are being served in the secondary. The addition of cornerback Morris Claiborne (Dallas Cowboys) and the rookie safety combination of Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye could be upgrades. And with Leonard Williams leading the charge up front, this defense should be better than a year ago. Still, it figures to be a very long year for a team starting over on the offensive side of the ball.