The New York Jets have been specified as one of the five teams that need the most work this offseason.
“New York has been forced to counter the division-rival Patriots with a cascade of journeymen and noodle arms throwing anti-darts to a largely forgettable cast of skill position players. It’s time to swing for the fences.
Any lingering in-house hope in Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg must be comprehensively eradicated. General manager Mike Maccagnan is under pressure after picking both of those players, but he deserves credit for creating mounds of cap room with last year’s veteran purge. Assuming they part ways with runner Matt Forte and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, the Jets will boast north of $85 million in space — enough to make a legitimate run at Cousins. New York could also use an edge rusher and new blood in the secondary. Reportedly in talks to re-sign cornerback Morris Claiborne, the Jets are bound to look for a cover man to pair with him. Malcolm Butler, Davon House or Trumaine Johnson would make plenty of sense. Free agency doesn’t offer much depth along the offensive line, leaving New York as a candidate to draft multiple blockers. Chalk it up as a make-or-break winter-into-spring for Maccagnan.”
The other teams included on the list are the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and the Denver Broncos.
It’s an unfortunate truth, the Jets have used hired mercenaries at the quarterback position for too long. It is time to use their assets to cash in whether that’s ‘Captain’ Kirk Cousins or a highly touted rookie.
While it’s painfully obvious that Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg are not the answers, although Hackenberg as a developmental third string wouldn’t be a terrible idea.
The offensive line needs serious work and much of that will come via the NFL Draft.
We have made the following coaching moves:
– Jeremy Bates promoted to OC/QB coach
– Rick Dennison hired as OL coach/run game coordinator
– Steve Jackson hired as asst. DB coach
— New York Jets (@nyjets) February 14, 2018
Other Jets News, Stories:
- Players who need a change of scenery in the NFL (Rich Cimini of ESPN New York)
- Jets had inside info on CFL free agent (Brian Costello of New York Post)
- What are best ways for Jets to improve offensive line? (Darryl Slater of NJ.com)