As we look ahead to training camp in late July, we're going to take a daily retrospective look back at some random people, moments and games from Jets history...
The Current 78
Jonotthan Harrison was perhaps a bit of a surprise re-signing, having been unable to beat out the struggling Wesley Johnson for playing time last year. He started one game, as Johnson was injured at the end of the year, but figures to start off as the third string center behind Spencer Long and Travis Swanson.
Here was his best moment of last year:
Barry Bennett was overshadowed by some of the other stars on the defensive line, but started over 50 games in a four-year span. He racked up a career-high 7.5 sacks in 1985, including this one:
The other 78's
Leger Douzable, Wayne Hunter, Jonathan Goodwin...
The '78 season
The Jets were in postseason contention at 8-6 with two games to go, but suffered one of those heartbreaking losses we're all so accustomed to in a wild game against the Browns. Trailing 27-10 in the fourth quarter, the Jets scored four times to take a 34-27 lead, only to then give up a tying touchdown and lost in overtime. They were blown out in their last game.
Matt Robinson was the starter at quarterback for most of the season with all-pro Wesley Walker having a great year. Running back Kevin Long chipped in 954 yards and 10 scores on the ground.
Defensively, Burgess Owens and Bobby Jackson intercepted five passes each.
When Bilal Powell ran for a 75-yard touchdown last year, it was the second longest touchdown run in Jets' history, behind this 78-yarder by Bruce Harper:
It was also the longest run by a Jets player since Adrian Murrell also had a 78-yarder, although that one didn't go for a touchdown.
Let us know if there's any connections to 78 that we missed...