The Jets obviously need a quarterback. That is their top priority heading into free agency this offseason. But they also have a lot of holes to fill beyond just the quarterback position. After all, despite some unexpected success this season, the Jets are rebuilding. The good news is the Jets have a lot of ways to fill these holes. General manager Mike Maccaganan should have in the neighborhood of $100 million in cap space, and will probably have a top 10 draft pick. So let’s take a look at what positions the Jets should try to fill in the coming months, outside of the quarterback position. Offensive line This is just about as important as finding a viable quarterback for the future. The offensive line has been inconsistent this season in both pass protection and generating a push for the run. It starts with center Wesley Johnson, who has struggled to replace Nick Mangold, the starter for a decade. You could see the Jets target Arkansas’ Frank Ragnow, Ohio State’s Billy Price or Georgia’s Isiah Wynn in the draft. All three are versatile and have experience at guard which is helpful. Also, the Jets could look toward the future at tackle. Kelvin Beachum and 2016 fifth-round pick Brandon Shell will likely be the starters next season, but Beachum will be 29 so the Jets could look toward the future. Cornerback The Jets have figured out the back end of their secondary with rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. But even if the team brings back Buster Skrine and free-agent-to-be Morris Claiborne, they’ll still need to bring in a starting caliber cornerback. Darryl Roberts has been inconsistent, and the Jets don’t know what they have in youngsters Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones, and Juston Burris and Rashard Robinson don’t seem to be the answer. Perhaps the Jets could take a run at Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson, or Patriots CB Malcolm Butler in free agency, or they could use a draft pick to fill this need.
The Jets' top 5 non-quarterback priorities this offseason
North Jersey | Dec 28