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Let’s get down to numbers 2 and 1 of the Jets offseason checklist….
2.) Sign Safety TJ Ward.
Fallback option- Ed Reed
Besides Byrd of the Bills, TJ Ward is the most talented (young) Safety of the free agents. He could be pricey, but the Jets have a lot of money to spend. Ward should be the Jets main priority when free agency begins. If the Jets cannot land Ward or Byrd at a decent price, they can opt to resign Ed Reed for another year. He is a nice fall-back option, if all else fails. His leadership on and off the field has been really beneficial to the young defensive backs like Dee Milliner and Antonio Allen.
1.) Draft tight end Eric Ebron + another weapon for Geno
Jimmy Graham is likely to receive the franchise tag or resign with New Orleans, and Dennis Pitta could cost a bunch. So why not draft a tight end to help build around Geno Smith? This is an excellent class to be drafting a tight end or wide receiver. As for Ebron… size, speed, and athleticism come to mind. If Ebron does not slip to the Jets at 18, and the Jets don’t trade up for Sammy Watkins (unlikely), the likes of (WR) Marqise Lee, (WR) Mike Evans, and (TE) Jace Amaro should be available — one of which the Jets would be happily take…. I would think.
Here are some highlights of NC’s tight end Eric Ebron….
Without going through rounds one through seven, I’d like to focus on one particular wide receiver. While studying Sammy Watkins of Clemson, I was able to study the receiver who plays opposite of Watkins; Martavis Bryant. At 6’5, Bryant is a big target. The way he runs in open space (and the way he uses the stiff-arm) reminds me of Santonio Homes…. but obviously bigger. He is projected to go anywhere between rounds three through six, so the Jets will have multiple opportunities to snag the talented wideout. Bryant would provide depth to a position of need in wide receiver, and help the Jets offense become more explosive and effective in the red zone.
Here are some of his highlights….
If the Jets can go through this checklist and execute these transactions, gang green will be a team to be reckoned with. The Jets could have some money left over if spent properly. We should trust Idzik to do just that, after he fixed the cap situation when he arrived last year. Assuming Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes are cut, the Jets should have plenty of money to play with.
Anyway, the new depth chart would look like this….
Depth Chart: Offense
QB – Geno Smith, Matt Simms
RB – Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Mike Goodson
WR – *Denario Alexander, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson, Martavis Bryant (must draft before 6th round)
TE – **Eric Ebron (1st round pick), Jeff Cumberland (resign)
*Denario Alexander, Hakeem Nicks, James Jones, Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin, and Anquan Boldin are all options here.
**Assuming Jets draft Ebron over Marqise Lee
LT – D’Brickashaw Ferguson
LG – Brian Winters
C – Nick Mangold
RG- Willie Colon (resign)
RT – Austin Howard (resign)
Depth Chart: Defense
DT – Damon Harrison, Kenrick Ellis
DE – Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Jared Allen or Shawn Phillips
OLB – *Calvin Pace, Antwan Barnes, Garrett McIntyre
MLB – David Harris, Demario Davis
CB – Antonio Cromartie, Dee Milliner, Kyle Wilson, rest to be determined
FS – TJ Ward or Ed Reed, and Antonio Allen
SS – Dawan Landry, Josh Bush
*Jets likely to resign Pace via ESPN New York.
KR/PR – Pick one: Cribbs, McCluster, Hester, Ginn, or Jacoby Jones/Ford.
*Also resign kicker Nick Folk.
That’s all from Jetserious and The Jet Press.
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