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2021 NFL Power Rankings: New York Jets

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New York Jets rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 15 roundup for the Jets in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

There's no hope for the present, only the future -- meaning 2022 and beyond. The defense is historically poor, with expansion-level talent. It won't improve until the Jets invest high draft choices on that side of the ball. Whatever talent they have on offense is injured; WRs Elijah Moore and Corey Davis and RB Michael Carter are on IR. It will be tough sledding for QB Zach Wilson over the final four games. -- Rich Cimini

NFL.com -- Rank: 29

More of the same. The Jets suffered their seventh double-digit defeat of the season Sunday, this time a 30-7 clunker against a middling Saints team that isn't exactly summoning memories of the Drew Brees glory years. The Jets have so many issues, but a lack of talent stands out most. They don't have any game-changers on defense, and the offense is punchless without Elijah Moore (leg), Corey Davis (core surgery) and Michael Carter (ankle). It creates a very difficult situation for Zach Wilson, who like Sam Darnold before him, becomes difficult to evaluate because of an absence of structure. Around and around the wheel goes for this organization, now 11 years deep into a playoff drought that shows no sign of letting up.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

Zach Wilson regressed again against the Saints. There are going to be days like that for rookie quarterbacks. It's all about learning.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

No team has run the ball fewer times, but maybe that changes with leading rusher Michael Carter on the way back from IR.

The Athletic -- Rank: 29

Worst-case scenario: Jets fans end the season feeling even worse about Zach Wilson, which might be hard for some. Wilson has been arguably the most disappointing of the rookie QBs, and Jets GM Joe Douglas tied his reputation to him when he made Wilson the No. 2 pick in a loaded draft with five first-round quarterbacks. History suggests at least one of them will be a bust. And even if the Jets were willing to draft another quarterback in 2022, this is not a strong year for the position.

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