- Petty was stunned to learn he'd be the number two [NJAM]
- The Jets are built to win now [ESPN New York]
- Despite new arrival, Gilchrist didn't consider skipping practice [Newsday]
- Stuff to know about Sunday's opener [Jets Official Site]
- New prediction tool suggests Jets will win Sunday, but go 7-9 for the year [FiveThirtyEight]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: ESPN New York's Rich Cimini makes the point that the Jets' starting line-up is not young and that this would seem to characterize a team built to win now rather than rebuilding.
While it's a team the nucleus of which should largely remain together for a couple of seasons, it's worth considering how bright this team's future is. There are actually 15 players who are under 25 on the active roster for opening day, but only one of them - Leonard Williams - is projected to start on Sunday. Williams, at 21, is the youngest player on the roster. There are, however, two suspended players (Oday Aboushi and Sheldon Richardson) and two players on injured reserve (Dee Milliner, who can return later this season, and Jace Amaro who cannot) who could all be a part of the team's near-future. Also eight of the 10 players on the practice squad are also less than 25.
Of the 18 under-25 players not starting on Sunday, there are several who have started games in the past, including a few like Richardson who will be expected to start games later this year. Ultimately, it's players like Devin Smith, Bryce Petty and Lorenzo Mauldin that will probably have the biggest impact on whether or not this team is considered to have a good young core going forward. It's going to be interesting to see how they develop and how soon this starts to have a positive effect on the roster.