Believe it or not, the 2018 NFL season is on it’s way. OTA’s are right around the corner, and the Jets are ready to go. With the 2018 season comes breakout players. In 2017, Gang Green had guys like Robby Anderson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins break out on the offensive side of the ball. Who’s on the radar for a breakout year in 2018? Here’s three guys to keep an eye on:
Terrelle Pryor Sr.
Terrelle Pryor flunked in 2017. He had a lackluster year with the Redskins, where he was plagued by injury. Pryor had 240 yards and a touchdown and only two starts during 2017. However, in 2016 he had a great season with the Browns. He posted 1,006 yards and four touchdowns that year. It was also his first year as a full-time wide receiver.
Pryor couldn’t find a role in Washington. He sat behind a depth-filled receiving core, and never found a connection with Kirk Cousins. In 2016, he was the guy for Cleveland’s offense. He was the X-Factor on a very weak team, and he balled. When he was given the opportunity, he shined. He could be given a similar opportunity in 2018 depending on Robby Anderson’s legal matters. With Anderson possibly missing a few games and Quincy Enunwa coming off of a neck injury that sidelined him for all of 2017, Pryor could get the opportunity to thrive.
Guess who threw Pryor passes in 2016? Josh McCown. McCown played five games that season. During those five games, Pryor posted 338 yards and a touchdown. The connection is there, and so is the opportunity. Keep an eye on Pryor in 2018.
Another former Brown makes the list here. Isaiah Crowell was another free agency signing, and he could be in for a big year. Crowell is filled with upside. He was stuck in a crapshoot offense throughout his career in Cleveland. Now, he finds himself in a much better situation with a re-surging Jets offense.
Through four seasons, Crowell has posted 3,118 yards and 21 touchdowns. He came well close to 1,000 yards in 2016, with 952. He’s averaged 4.2 yards per carry during his career, including a spectacular 4.8 yards per carry in 2016. Since the 2016 season, he has fallen in the shadows to Duke Johnson.
Crowell runs with plenty of power and strength. The last Jet running back to run with his style? Chris Ivory. Allow me to remind you Ivory had a 1,000 yard season with the Jets in 2015. Crowell’s style fits well into the Jets offense, and he could be in for a big role in 2018 due to Matt Forte’s retirement.
Quincy Enunwa was the lead breakout candidate last season, until he suffered a neck injury, sidelining him for the entire season. However, Enunwa claims he is healthy and ready to go for 2018. He can develop into a number one target for Sam Darnold this year if he stays on the field.
Enunwa was a pleasant surprise in 2016. With receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker coming off of career years in 2015, Enunwa was basically irrelevant when talking about the receiving group. However, after an underwhelming year from Marshall and Decker, Enunwa stepped up. He could be in for an even bigger year in 2018.