The 2020 Jets hope to kick off the new decade by snapping a nine-year playoff drought.

There was plenty of roster turnover this offseason, but the question remains: Does new necessarily mean better?

Tom Brady’s departure ostensibly gives hope to the rest of the AFC East, but will the Jets be the team to finally knock the Patriots off their perch as division rulers?

I’ll be revealing my Top 20 players on the roster every weekday for the next four weeks in the run-up to training camp.

This list is made up of the players who I believe will make the most impact for Adam Gase’s team this season. The ranking isn’t simply based on a player’s resume. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

So, we’re peering into our crystal ball and taking some leaps of faith. There’s some quality young talent on Gang Green’s roster. Some of those guys are poised to take their games to the next level.

Get ready for some surprises.

2019 ranking: 4

Position: Running back 

Age at the start of the season: 28

2020 salary cap charge: $10 million

Contract status: Second year of a 4-year, $52.5 million deal

2019 Season in Review: Bell had a nightmarish campaign after a year-long hiatus that prompted him to bolt from Pittsburgh in free agency. The three-time Pro Bowler was deployed in the exact wrong way en route to a career-low 3.2 yards per carry. Gase, who didn’t want to sign the game-changing running back in the first place, never figured out how to best use one of the game’s most dynamic dual-threat weapons.

Bell, who had averaged 129 total yards per game in five seasons with the Steelers, took a massive statistical hit in his first season with the Jets. His total yards per game dropped by 35 percent. He finished with 17.5 percent fewer rush attempts per game, 17 percent fewer touches per game, 19 percent fewer targets per game and 12.5 percent fewer catches per game than his career averages.

The Jets were hoping to move Bell, who averaged a career-low 16.3 carries per game, before the trade deadline. However, his exorbitant contract made a trade impossible.

2020 Outlook: Joe Douglas, who inherited Bell from former general manager Mike Maccagnan, would have dealt the running back in the offseason if he had any takers. Since he didn’t, it would be in everyone’s best interest to maximize Bell’s skillset before the inevitable divorce after this season (when Bell’s guaranteed money runs out).

Will Gase, who subscribes to a spread-the-wealth offensive philosophy, run his scheme through Bell? Will the head coach offer more than lip service again about playing to Bell’s strengths?

Team brass hopes that the offensive line makeover will help matters. Bell ranked 44th out of 45 qualified running backs in yards before contact per carry last season (1.17 yards), according to Pro Football Reference. He never got in sync with the guys up front for myriad reasons.

Although it’s true that Bell struggled against a loaded box, he faced eight or more defenders in the box only 17.14% of the time (29th), according to NFL’s Next Gen Stats.

Scheme was the primary culprit for his disappointing season.

Bell, who made a Pro Bowl career out of dominating out of the I-formation, ran the ball out of shotgun 42.7% of the time last season. By comparison, he ran out of shotgun 27% of the time when he racked up 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns in his final season with Pittsburgh.

The Jets are hoping to run more outside-zone plays this season. Only 6% of Bell’s carries last season were outside-zone, according Sports Info Solutions. Gang Green believes that they have athletic enough tackles now to make it work. Bell’s superior vision and terrific change of direction allows him to press one gap before taking another.

However, it’s unlikely that Bell will get a heavier workload this season.

Gase’s decision to sign 37-year-old Frank Gore clouds the division of labor in the backfield. Although Bell will be the primary back, I have some prime Florida swampland that might interest you if you believe that Gore was added to just hang out on the sideline sipping Champagne coolies.

Gore has had at least 125 carries in each of his 15 seasons. If healthy, he’ll make it 16 in a row. (Bilal Powell had the second-most carries for Gang Green last season with 59).

Translation: Gase is looking to cut into Bell’s career-low carries from last season. Will the coach make up for it by giving Bell more action in the passing game?

Bell can still be a dynamic weapon if the play-caller lets him be one. A divorce is coming. In the meantime, both the player and coach can help each other.

Next on the Countdown: A supreme talent looking to prove himself.

Countdown Rewind:

No. 20: P Braden Mann

No. 19: DL Foley Fatukasi

No. 18: WR Denzel Mims

No. 17: DL Kyle Phillips

No. 16: DL Steve McLendon

No. 15: DL Henry Anderson

No. 14: CB Pierre Desir

No. 13: CB Brian Poole

No. 12: WR Breshad Perriman

No. 11: C Connor McGovern

No. 10: S Marcus Maye

No. 9: OLB Jordan Jenkins

No. 8: OT Mekhi Becton

No. 7 TE Chris Herndon

No. 6: WR Jamison Crowder

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