The New York Jets experienced plenty of issues caused by the team’s lack of offensive depth in 2015, but it appears it has improved significantly over the offseason.
Coming into the 2015-2016 NFL season, it was clear that the New York Jets had a lot of offensive talent towards the top of the lineup in guys such as Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Chris Ivory and Nick Mangold. Things were much more questionable towards the middle and back-end of the offensive roster.
The Jets lack of depth on offense was exposed last season as injuries harmed the offensive line. No receivers were very productive apart from Marshall and Decker, and a dynamic rushing attack went missing for long stretches. It was clear that something had to be done.
The Jets group of running backs became one of the deepest units in the NFL during the offseason. Gang Green saw Ivory depart for Jacksonville before bringing in former Bears star running back Matt Forte, and Khiry Robinson. They added those two pieces to the well-rounded Bilal Powell and Zac Stacy, who serves as a tremendously talented fourth string running back.
The Jets also bolstered their wide receiver corps this offseason by adding a few speedy veterans and some talented rookies who should be able to help the team on offense and special teams. Jeremy Ross and Kyle Williams will both add a new element to the Jets’ offense.
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Undrafted free agent Jalin Marshall and Robby Anderson both have the potential to give the unit to boost.
Marshall is a smaller receiver with great agility and versatility while Anderson is a taller receiver who can completely burn the back end of a defense.
Player development will be crucial for the Jets’ offense if they are going to reach their full potential.
The offensive line should be the only area of major concern for the Jets in terms of depth. The team did add left tackle Ryan Clady to replace the retired D’Brickashaw Ferguson, but the unit is still lacking on the back end. They will be more reliant on development from some of the younger players on the squad.
All in all, the roster of the Jets has gotten a good amount deeper on the offensive side of the football. There will definitely be a noticeable difference when it comes time for the 2016-2017 season, and Jets fans should end up being very happy with the result.