1) Muhammad Wilkerson
It has been a career year for Muhammad Wilkerson. The defensive end has a career high twelve sacks with two forced fumbles. The twenty-six year old is also heading to his first Pro Bowl. In a contract year, Wilkerson has been a beast. He has done it against the run and the past, and has solidified the fact that he will get a huge contract. Will it be from the Jets?
2) Brandon Marshall
When the Jets traded a fifth round pick for the veteran wide receiver a lot of people thought the Bears were smart. Many called Marshall a locker room cancer and a headcase. If that was the case with the Bears, they must have been doing something wrong. Marshall has been a major team leader for the Jets and is heading to the Pro Bowl. Heading into Buffalo, Marshall has 101 catches, 1,376 yards, and 13 touchdowns. He has been a dominant number one receiver and has become impossible for opponents to cover.
3) Darrelle Revis
Darrelle Revis is not washed up. He is not Revis from 2009, but he is still one of the best corners in the NFL. After signing a mega-deal with the Jets in March, Revis has five interceptions on the season. He really only had one bad game against Houston, when Hopkins burnt him. Revis suffered a concussion in that game and had to miss a couple of games. The corner is heading to another Pro Bowl and is a huge reason the Jets could be going to the playoffs.
4) Eric Decker
"Eric Decker is a product of Peyton Manning." These were the words of many when Eric Decker signed with the Jets before the 2014 season. Decker has quickly silenced the haters. The 28 year old receiver has 75 catches, 977 yards, and 11 touchdowns on the year. Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall have possibly become the best receiver duo in the entire NFL. Number eighty-seven has been clutch on third downs and late in games, including the game-winning touchdown against the New England Patriots. There is no more denying, Decker is one of the better receivers in the NFL.
5) Sheldon Richardson
Sheldon Richardson has had an interesting year. He was suspended four games for marijuana, then was pulled over for going 143 MPH with a child in the car. Since returning from his suspension, the twenty-five year old has been a force. In ten games, Richardson has five sacks and two forced fumbles. He constantly gets into the backfield and hitting quarterbacks. If Sheldon can keep his head on his shoulders, he will be an elite player for the next decade.
6) Ryan Fitzpatrick
I will admit it. I was very down on Ryan Fitzpatrick after he became the starter because of "the punch". I even called for Geno Smith at one point during this season. However, Fitzpatrick has silenced me. He has been amazing. Fitzpatrick has been a leader, clutch, tough, and so easy to root for. The quarterback got thumb surgery and didn't miss any games. He is on pace to break some Jets franchise records, as he now has 3,724 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. I want the magic back in green and white next season.
7) Calvin Pryor
Calvin Pryor may be the most improved player on the Jets this season. After being the Jets first rounder in 2014, Pryor was horrible his rookie season. In year two, he is a totally different player. Pryor has recorded 68 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble, and a bunch of bone-crushing hits. His confidence helps energize the defense and he has become a team leader. I am excited to watch the safety for a long time in Todd Bowles' defense.
8) Nick Mangold
In my opinion, Nick Mangold should be in in the Hall of Fame one day. This season he was named to his sixth Pro Bowl. The center missed some time due to an injury, but he had a great year when he played. He is a great locker room guy and one of the best centers in the NFL. The veteran has not slowed down much at an older age.
9) James Carpenter
After missing out on Orlando Franklin and Mike Iupati in free agency, the Jets settled for James Carpenter. The former Alabama guard got a four year deal to become a starting guard for the Jets. He has been amazing. He has played in every game, and has been of the best guards in all of football. If the Pro Bowl was not a popularity contest, Carpenter would be hard to pass on. Carpenter is still only 26 and has a bright future with the Jets.
10) Damon Harrison
Damon Harrison is not going to light up the stat sheet, but he makes a huge impact. "Snacks" has become of the best run-stuffing defensive tackles in football. Pro Football Focus always has him high on their list. Hopefully the Jets can find a way to bring back the former undrafted free agent as he is going to be a free agent.