2. Do the NY Jets have any long-term pieces at linebacker or safety?
At the moment, you could make the case that the Jets have maybe one (or two) starting-caliber player at linebacker and safety. It's unclear what the future holds for the Jets at either position.
C.J. Mosley hasn't necessarily been bad in 2021, but it's very clear that he's not the player he used to be — or at least he's not playing like it. That said, the Jets are locked into Mosley's contract at least through 2022 meaning that he isn't going anywhere until 2023.
Mosley will be a starter next season. But has Quincy Williams done enough to convince the Jets that he's deserving of a starting role as well? That much remains to be seen.
The former waiver-wire pickup has exceeded expectations in 2021 and even stolen the starting job away from free-agent signing Jarrad Davis. If Williams excels down the stretch, he might just convince the Jets to keep him around as a starter in 2022.
Meanwhile, the safety position remains a complete unknown for Gang Green. Ashtyn Davis and Elijah Riley have each shown promise at points, but it would be a hard sell to count on either as a starter in 2022.
However, with over a month to play, a lot can still happen. Maybe one of them manages to emerge as a candidate to start next year with a standout finish this season.
The Jets will surely be keeping a close eye on these two positions over the final stretch of the season.