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The New York Jets were pretty bad last season. It looks like it is going to be worse before it gets better.
The Jets need to upgrade most of the offensive and defensive starting lineup. On paper, this is one of the two or three worst teams in the NFL.
Here are the three best moves and the worst one made by the New York Jets this offseason.
#1. Draft picks
The Jets did some really good things in the draft to get better. Each of their first five picks should make an impact right away. Safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are immediate starters. Wide receivers ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen along with tight end Jordan Leggett will help whomever is the starting quarterback.
They not only will make an impact because there is no one else on the roster better, but they have the talent to make plays.
#2. Sign Morris Claiborne
Claiborne was one of the better cornerbacks when he was healthy last season. It was only seven games, but it was the best half season of his career.
The player he is replacing, Darrelle Revis, was really bad last season. Revis, at 31-years-old, would not have been a starter on any other team in the NFL and many wonder if his ability has diminished so much that he no longer has a place on a roster.
Claiborne, a 27-year-old five-year veteran, is just entering his prime. He is capable of being a No. 1 cornerback for several years.
#3. Making a quarterback change
Ryan Fitzpatrick was awful last season. Christian Hackenburg and Bryce Petty were not ready to take over permanently. It is still unknown if either ever will be a starter in the NFL.
Rather than give one of them the job this season, they signed Josh McCown. He is not the long-term answer and may not even be the answer this season, but he has won games in the NFL and guided NFL offenses. It is good to have a veteran with those qualities on the roster. No matter what role they have.
The worst: Made more moves to get worse than better
The Jets look like they are in full tank mode. Next year’s quarterback draft class looks a lot better than this year’s. That may have been on the mind of the Jets’ front office staff when they were making decisions this offseason.
The Jets most notable decisions made by the Jets that suggest they are looking to lose as many games as possible involved their wide receiver and offensive line.
Beginning with the wide receivers, they lost or released their two best. Brandon Marshall is now with the Giants and Eric Decker is in Tennessee. The projected top three wide receivers are all better suited for complementary roles. Quincy Enunwa broke out last season. He will be McCown’s top target, but whether or not he is a No. 1 receiver is another question. Robby Anderson was a college free agent last season that showed some promise, but not No. 1 potential. Charone Peake is a seventh round draft pick last season that is a depth receiver.
As for the offensive line, left tackle Ryan Clady and center Nick Mangold are aging, but still capable of being part of a very good unit.
With all the moves the Jets made this offseason, they are below league-average at quarterback, wide receiver, offensive tackle, inside linebacker and cornerback. The expected outcome for the season is that the Jets are battling with the Cleveland Browns for the worst record in the league and first pick in next year’s draft.
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