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Jets legend Joe Namath says Ryan Fitzpatrick must 'polish' accuracy

To make the jump from an almost-playoff team to a legitimate contender, the New York Jets need more quality players, according to Joe Namath. That's a pretty obvious statement, but the legendary quarterback got into specifics with regard to one current player, saying Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to improve his accuracy.

"He had a nice year, no doubt," Namath said on ESPN New York 98.7. "Fitz, he's as wily a quarterback out there, better than most when it comes to that. If we can get his passing accuracy polished up a bit, they're going to be a contender. He needs to improve his accuracy a bit as a passer."

He's right about that. Fitzpatrick completed only 59.6 percent of his passes, which ranked 29th in the league. Despite lagging behind in that area, he still managed to win 10 games and set a team record for most touchdown passes (31). He also came within 103 yards of breaking Namath's record for most passing yards in a season (4,007).

Namath, never shy about sharing his opinions about the Jets, praised general manager Mike Maccagnan for upgrading the talent level in his first year on the job.

"They didn't play their best in Buffalo, but Maccagnan has brought in some players that have made the team better," Namath said. "They just need some more players in a few different spots to be a serious playoff team."