New York Jets Offseason Needs
The New York Jets made a lot of noise last offseason. They failed to back it up once again in 2012, stumbling to a 6-10 finish. Season-ending injuries to Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes certainly didn’t help, but the Tim Tebow experiment blew up in their faces. Mark Sanchez proved once again that he’s not a starting-caliber quarterback in this league.
The offense has held the Jets back since Rex Ryan took over, but now the defense is starting to show it has some big holes, too. I’m going to list the additions and losses for the Jets so far this offseason, as well as their top 5 needs heading into the 2013 NFL Draft.
S Dawan Landry
DE/OLB Antwan Barnes
NT Antonio Garay
G/OT Willie Colon
RB Mike Goodson
QB David Garrard
ILB Bart Scott
OT Jason Smith
S Eric Smith
TE Josh Baker
NT Sione Pouha
DE/DT Mike DeVito
RB Shonn Greene
S Yeremiah Bell
S LaRon Landry
TE Dustin Keller
G Matt Slauson
Top 5 Needs
1. Offensive Line - The Jets need up to three new starters along the offensive line. RT Austin Howard was a human turnstile last season, giving up a ridiculous 13.5 sacks. Jason Smith has been cut, and while Howard was tendered, there’s no way he should be starting again. LG Matt Slauson has moved on to the Chicago Bears, and Vladimir Ducasse is clearly not the answer as his replacement. RG Brandon Moore is a free agent, and he will turn 33 in June.
2. Quarterback - Tim Tebow was a bust, Greg McElroy showed no reason to believe that he’s the future of the Jets, and Mark Sanchez is likely facing his last chance with Gan Green after getting benched at the end of last season. The signing of David Garrard does little to help the situation. Rex Ryan knows the Jets need a franchise quarterback, so look for him to find one to develop, or even challenge for a starting job in 2013.
3. Linebacker - Veterans Bart Scott and Calvin Pace were cut due to salary cap issues this offseason. While the Jets managed to re-sign Pace, Scott has yet to do the same thing. Bryan Thomas is a free agent, and neither he nor Pace could get to the quarterback last season. The Jets drafted Demario Davis last year, but they don’t have a lot of depth to put around ILB David Harris. Adding an edge-rushing OLB is a must, as is finding a replacement for Scott inside.
4. Defensive Tackle - Sione Pouha is one of the best in the business when healthy. However, he could not stay healthy last year, and he turned 34 in February. As a result, Pouha has been cut, leaving a big hole at the defensive tackle position. The Jets addressed this area by signing NT Antonio Garay this offseason, but they need to at least bring in another body to provide depth. Mike DeVito left for Kansas City in free agency, and backup Kenrick Ellis remains raw and may not be ready to be a starter.
5. Safety - New York has parted ways with both starting safeties last year in LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell. It brought in Laron’s brother, Dawan Landry, who played under Rex Ryan in Baltimore from 2006-2008. The Jets drafted two safeties last year in Antonio Allen and Josh Bush, but both were late-round picks. They need to find a starting-caliber safety in the draft as a result.
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