Rah, Rah, Room for Enchancment

“Hopefully for him, it’ll come later than sooner,” mentioned Tannenbaum, who now works for ESPN. “I felt like I used to be on a honeymoon for eight to 10 minutes. I used to be born and bred right here, however it’s not for everyone.”

On Sunday, Saleh and the Jets will begin their try to not end in final place, dealing with the Panthers in North Carolina. Regardless of the organizational modifications, the largest roadblock to altering their standing is sharing the A.F.C. East with the Buffalo Payments, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. That’s why Frank Tummino, a lifelong Jets fan, mentioned he can get solely so excited. Each September, he will get his hopes up, solely to have them dashed by December (or earlier). In an indication of what quantities for optimism in Jets Nation, he expects his group to win six video games.

“We’re self-deprecating followers,” Tummino, 57, mentioned. “I don’t count on an enormous turnaround. I’m simply searching for enchancment.”

The Giants have had a much less linear method to climbing out of their doldrums. After beginning the 2020 season on a five-game shedding streak, throughout which working again Saquon Barkley tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his proper knee, they gained 5 of their subsequent seven to somersault into competition. That was earlier than bumbling away a playoff berth down the stretch. Jones, specifically, took a step backward in his second 12 months as a professional with out a true No. 1 receiver and whereas lacking an elite speeding risk.

In his pursuit of a contract extension this season, Jones could have extra choices. The Giants signed the previous Lions receiver Kenny Golladay, who led the league in receiving touchdowns in 2019, and drafted vast receiver Kadarius Toney. The Giants additionally signed Kyle Rudolph to platoon with Evan Engram at tight finish.

With so many areas for enchancment, the query stays what benchmarks the Giants shall be utilizing to gauge his progress.

“I’ll be curious what the group’s definition of ‘blossom’ goes to be,” Gera mentioned. Will the Giants have to return to the playoffs for religion in Jones to be justified?

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