Since the regular season is pretty much over for the New York Jets due to being mathematically eliminated from the NFL Playoffs, there is one true offseason priority for the team.
The New York Jets this season have overachieved and given hope to a lot of fans across the globe that better times are ahead. Fans have several players to look forward to in the future that will develop into stars. Robby Anderson, Jamal Adams, Darron Lee, Marcus Maye, Demario Davis and even Elijah McGuire are just a few players that look like they could be cornerstones for years to come.
With just two games left on the regular season schedule, the Jets have a lot of takeaways going into the offseason. Clearly, they endured another losing season with no shot at making the NFL Playoffs since they were eliminated last week but there is one area that must be addressed this upcoming offseason.
When looking at the common theme of why the Jets lost a plethora of football games, it all comes back to their offensive line. In order to win football games, it truly is about which side wins the battle of the trenches.
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A top offensive line will almost always bring continued success when it comes to how efficient an offense can be. Look at any of the top teams that are on their way to the NFL postseason and they can all brag about having a solid and consistent offensive line that gets the job done.
The Jets will have a plethora of salary cap space to play with in the offseason and well, should make bolstering their offensive line a top priority. General manager Mike Maccagnan would be wise to address the Jets offensive line in both free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft. It wouldn’t be shocking at all for him to even use their first-round pick on a premier offensive lineman since, at the end of the day, it’s hugely important to fix this aspect before anything else and yes, that includes deciding what to do at quarterback.
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Overall, the Jets have a lot of work ahead of them if they’re to rebuild towards being a consistent playoff contending team. But it all starts and ends with their offensive line. Once that is addressed with top-notch talent, whoever they have under center will undoubtedly have all the protection needed to thrive and run the offense successfully. That is crucial to a quarterback’s success, whether they’re an established free agent or a top draft pick ready to do their best to win football games.