There is a lot of excitement building for the New York Jets as they enter Year 2 of the Robert Saleh era.
The offense added several big pieces, including a first-round receiver and the top running back in the class. But those interested in New York sports betting wonder: How will the running back position shake out when the Jets put on the pads and start practicing?
Identifying Key Position Battles
NewYorkBets.com utilized Google Trends to find the top-three most-searched position groups over the past 30 days heading into training camp.
After determining those groups, NewYorkBets.com utilized Google Trends to find how much each player in that position group is being searched over the past week.
Jets Most Searched Position Battles:
- Running Back
- Tight End
New York Search Rankings for Jets RBs
Breaking Down the Position Battles
Fans are very excited about rookie running back Breece Hall as the Jets traded up for the former Iowa State star in the second round. He has garnered the most interest in online searches as he is set to compete with second-year running back Michael Carter for snaps on offense. The expectation is that Hall will be the early-down back, with Carter getting more work in the receiving game. But don't rule out the possibility of Ty Johnson getting involved in the running back competition, as he caught 34 passes for 372 yards last season as a part-time player.
Another battle worth watching comes in the secondary as the Jets signed Jordan Whitehead to be their starting strong safety. His spot is secure, but the free safety spot could be an interesting battle as veteran LaMarcus Joyner is back with the team. He will compete with third-year player Ashtyn Davis, who has started 16 games over the last two seasons.
One of the more underrated battles on offense that bears watching in camp is at the tight end position. The Jets gave two fairly big contracts to free-agent tight ends this offseason, and the expectation is that both C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin will play roles in the offense. Uzomah is battling back from an injury suffered late in the season and will start training camp on the PUP list. Conklin is the more proven blocker and likely will start in Week 1. But don't rule out Jeremy Ruckert, who the Jets took in the third round of this year's draft. He's a well-balanced tight end who could make some noise by the end of the season.
Jets Among Lowest in Super Bowl Odds
While there is a lot to be excited about if you are a Jets fan heading into the 2022 season, it’s important to be realistic about what the ceiling is for this team. Only the Falcons (+25000) and Texans (+30000) have lower odds to win the Super Bowl than the Jets (+12500) on BetMGM Sportsbook New York. Even in their division, the Jets are a distant fourth to win the AFC East at +2200. Their current win total sits at 5.5 and they are a +650 underdog to make the playoffs this season.
It is a similar story for the Jets at FanDuel Sportsbook New York. The Jets are at +15000 to win the Super Bowl, better than only the Falcons and Texans. They are +8500 to win the AFC and are a distant last in the AFC East at +2400.
Here is a look at the BetMGM odds for top 10 teams and where the Jets fit in.
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More Jets to Watch in 2022
The obvious name here is Zach Wilson as he enters Year 2 as the franchise quarterback for the Jets. Wilson struggled as a rookie, throwing more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (9). But he's had a productive offseason and should be even more comfortable in Mike LaFleur’s offense. He is currently a +10000 long shot on FanDuel to win the 2022-2023 MVP award, which is among the lowest for any projected starting quarterback in the league.
Keep in mind. New York NFL betting does not include betting on individual awards.
But the player who could break out this season is Elijah Moore. As a second-round rookie, Moore had a productive season with the Jets. In his final six games (before going on the injured reserve list), Moore totaled 494 yards and five touchdowns. He is a dynamic slot receiver who can play on the outside if needed. While Garrett Wilson undoubtedly will get a lot of hype after being the No. 10 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, don't be surprised if Moore leads the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns this year.