NY Jets: Insight into what kinds of players Joe Douglas will add in 2020
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
What kinds of players will NY Jets general manager Joe Douglas look to add this offseason? Here are the full details on his thought process.
What will the NY Jets roster look like in 2020?
It’s a complicated question because the man making those decisions, Gang Green general manager Joe Douglas has never been a GM before.
Which means the kinds of players he’ll look to draft or the players he’d be interested in during free agency is shrouded in mystery.
We spoke with NY Jets team reporter Ethan Greenberg on The Jets Zone podcast to get some insight into this very question:
“I asked a lot of people down in Mobile at the Senior Bowl who cover the league that very question. What types of players should NY Jets fans expect to be on the roster next season?
The words that came back to me more so than any other were tough, competitive, and intelligent.
Those three words are probably the core of what Joe Douglas is looking for. After speaking with Rex Hogan, assistant general manager of the NY Jets, the other thing they’re looking for is good guys.
So they aren’t just necessarily trying to add the most talented guys to the team, but they’re looking for guys that can fit the culture of what they’re trying to build.
When you think back to our 1 Jets Drive series, the thing Joe always says is he wants guys who hate to lose more than they love to win. Those are the kinds of guys he’ll want to add to this team through free agency and of course the 2020 NFL Draft.”
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Prior to accepting his role as the general manager of the NY Jets, Joe Douglas spent some serious time in some pretty impressive locations.
Joe spent 14 years as a scout for the Baltimore Ravens and served many different roles under that title from 2000 through 2014.
Then in 2015 he received a promotion by the Chicago Bears and was elevated to the Director of College Scouting. After spending one season there in the windy city, Douglas went back to the east coast to join the Philadelphia Eagles front office.
From 2016 through 2019, Douglas served as the Vice President of Player Personnel and helped the Eagles win its first Super Bowl in franchise history.
All in all, Douglas is a three-time Super Bowl champion and has loads of experience with some of the top NFL evaluators in the entire league. This offseason with the NY Jets will be his first opportunity to put his imprint on the roster through free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft.