January 22, 2022

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The Jets have multiple matchups to look forward to next season.

ORCHARD PARK — With the 2021 season over, it is time to take a look at the Jets’ 2022 schedule.

Their opponents are set, but the order will be determined by the league in the spring. Their home schedule is: Jaguars, Ravens, Bengals, Bears, Lions, Bills, Patriots and Dolphins.

It is not a great slate of games, but visits by Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow will add some excitement. A showdown between Zach Wilson and Chicago’s Justin Fields, two 2021 first-round picks, is a highlight as well.

The road schedule is: Broncos, Steelers, Browns, Packers, Vikings, Seahawks Bills, Patriots and Dolphins.

The Jets should see Aaron Rodgers but will it be in Green Bay or Denver? Who will the Steelers quarterback be? Will Russell Wilson be the Seahawks quarterback? There are some good trips here for Jets fans looking to travel with the team.

The Jets have multiple matchups to look forward to next season.
The Jets have multiple matchups to look forward to next season.
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The Jets will have the Nos. 4 and 10 picks in the 2022 draft.

The Jets had been trending toward the fourth pick for a while now, and it got locked in Sunday with the loss to the Bills. It is the first time the Jets will pick No. 4-overall since 2006, when they selected D’Brickashaw Ferguson with the pick.

The 10th pick is from the Seahawks as part of the Jamal Adams trade. Seattle pushed it down on the Jets with their 38-30 win over the Cardinals. The pick could have been as high as seven if Seattle lost.

There is a “what if” game for the Jets to play after Sunday’s wins by the Jaguars and Lions. Those results would have given the Jets the No. 1-overall pick had they not beaten the Jaguars two weeks ago. They would have been 3-14 and gotten the pick over the Jaguars because of strength of schedule.

WR Jamison Crowder left the game in the first half with a calf injury. Crowder had been battling the calf for the last few weeks and missed the previous two games because of it. Crowder had one catch for 16 yards on Sunday before exiting. It is likely the end of Crowder’s time with the Jets. They signed Crowder to a three-year $28.5 million contract in 2019 and renegotiated the deal in the spring to cut his 2021 salary in half. Crowder will be a free agent and is unlikely to be back.

Jamison Crowder's time with the Jets has likely come to an end.
Jamison Crowder’s time with the Jets has likely come to an end.
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Crowder had 51 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns this season. He led the team in receptions for the third straight season.

The inactives for the game were QB Mike White, RB La’Mical Perine, OL Greg Senat, DL Jabari Zuniga, DL Jonathan Marshall, CB Isaiah Dunn and RB Austin Walter.