It’s time to get in the holiday spirit. It’s Christmas time.
To celebrate the holiday — and maybe to avoid writing any more about an ugly football game that took place on Sunday — let’s take a look at what the New York Jets received under their Christmas tree. Spoiler alert: Santa was nice and didn’t give the Jets coal, although at times they may have deserved it.
1. Jamal Adams (and Marcus Maye)
If any Jets jersey is stuffed under the Christmas tree, it will most likely be that of the rookie safety Jamal Adams. The sixth overall pick has certainly had growing pains, as he has allowed a few tough-luck touchdown catches, but he also has provided moments of brilliance and aggression to a new and improved Jets defense.
In his first professional season, Adams was named a Pro Bowl alternate and leads all safeties in run stops and is fourth on the Jets with 73 combined tackles.
You know what? Let’s add a “buy one, get one free” holiday sale to this gift. It’s tough to talk about Adams without mentioning his rookie safety counterpart Marcus Maye, who is third on the team in tackles and has been an instant impact player in coverage. Maye is tied for the club lead with two interceptions and has also forced a fumble.
2. Demario Davis
Davis is that vintage toy that you had when you were younger, stashed it away for a few years, then re-gifted it just as it was becoming a popular trend once again.
The Jets were lucky enough to trade for their own former third-round pick after his season in Cleveland — and all they gave up was Calvin Pryor (side note: Pryor was cut by both the Browns and the Jaguars this season).
Davis is enjoying by far the best season of his career and has become a leader on the Jets defense, filling the void left by David Harris. His 85.0 Pro Football Focus grade ranks ninth of 92 qualified linebackers and he leads the Jets with 124 combined tackles and five sacks.
Turns out Davis was much more than a stocking stuffer in the June trade.
3. The greatest kickoff in NFL history*
*Maybe not the greatest kickoff — personally, I would give it to Devin Hester’s Super Bowl opening return — but certainly one of the most bizarre.
Flashback to Jan. 1, 2017. The Jets scored a touchdown in the most obscure way possible: recovering their own kickoff in the opposing team’s end zone.
— New York Jet Fuel (@NewYorkJetFuel) January 1, 2017
What else would you expect in a meaningless Jets vs. Bills matchup to wrap up an extremely forgettable season for both clubs? This play is a gift that will last a lifetime.
4. A chance to pick another QB
This may be a bit of a cop-out answer, because the NFL Draft isn’t until 2018, but the fact that the Jets will have an opportunity draft one of several talented passers in April could be the gift that keeps on giving.
Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Mason Rudolph, Luke Falk, Josh Allen. Some will be stars, some will be busts. Just the fact that we may be able to see a fun, exciting and potentially game-changing passer under center in 2018 is enough of a reason to dart down the stairs on Christmas morning.