Is their overall roster that bad?

May 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets tight end Wes Saxton (86) during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets tight end Wes Saxton (86) during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports /

The New York Jets for the most part have the majority of their roster set heading into the regular season. In the eyes of Pro Football Focus however, their roster isn’t good at all.

As teams all across the NFL do their best to finalize their best possible roster, Pro Football Focus recently released their rankings of every roster across the NFL. Unfortunately for the New York Jets, they ranked 23rd overall.

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While it remains to be seen how the 2016 NFL Draft class turns out, their assessment is a bit harsh considering that the majority of the play-makers on the Jets will be returning this upcoming season.

Championship teams build through the draft as last year, the Jets got rave reviews for their selections. Of course it takes a few years to see how draft picks turn out but those players entering their sophomore seasons in the NFL in 2016 will be making some serious noise this upcoming season.

The main strengths of the Jets will be their rushing attack and stout defense. They upgraded their running back corps with Matt Forte and Khiry Robinson that combined with Bilal Powell, will be one tough three-headed monster to contain from the backfield.

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The Jets’ defense still has cornerback Darrelle Revis leading the pack in addition to key veterans like David Harris, Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson.

The main area of opportunity for the Jets this offseason was to upgrade their overall pass rush, which they did in this year’s draft.

While many feel linebacker Darron Lee is a bit undersized (6’1″ and 232 pounds) for being a premier pass rusher, his skill-set and overall speed will be a difference-maker in 2016.

In all probability, PFF more than likely gave the Jets that ranking since it all comes down to the most important position of the team – quarterback.

There is one huge question mark at the position since at this point in time, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is unlikely to re-sign as Geno Smith will more than likely be the Jets’ Week 1 starter. It’s a scenario that will either bode well for the Jets or slam their postseason hopes faster than a New York minute if he struggles early in the regular season.

The quarterback situation gets a ton of attention, especially for a team like the Jets that haven’t had a stable player at the position in quite some time. In the end though, quarterback play won’t be what wins football games for the Jets as they will more than likely focus on establishing and committing to the run and having their defense wreak havoc against opponents.

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Overall, the roster for the Jets isn’t that bad at all as they upgraded their pass rush and even added better talent at running back. They also added veteran offensive lineman Ryan Clady to their offensive line which if he can remain healthy, will prove to be a huge acquisition. While PFF’s ranking is a bit low for the Jets who are coming off a 10-6 season that was memorable, it will serve as great motivation for the team to prove their doubters wrong. Nothing gives fuel to athletes when everyone doubts their abilities to get the job done and post big results after a season heading in the right direction.