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4 changes the NY Jets must make including benching a defensive starter

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1. The NY Jets must fix their defensive line rotation

The safety position has been a mess for the Jets, but through three weeks, the greatest disappointment on the entire roster has to be the team's pass rush.

The talk all summer was about how dominant the Jets' pass rush could be in 2022. Carl Lawson was returning to pair with the likes of Quinnen Williams and John Franklin-Myers. The team added Jermaine Johnson and Jacob Martin. They were considered to be six or seven deep at edge rusher.

Yet, through three weeks, the Jets have had one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL. Against a Bengals offensive line that had allowed 13 sacks through two games, the Jets barely sniffed Joe Burrow for most of the game.

There's an obvious culprit here too. Part of it has been Lawson and others underperforming. That can't be fixed. What can be fixed, however, is the way the Jets have rotated their defensive line.

Quinnen Williams is still playing just 50-60 percent of snaps per game. Jacob Martin is playing between 30 and 40 percent of snaps. The same goes for Nathan Shepherd. Meanwhile, Bryce Huff has been a healthy scratch in every game so far.

What are we doing here? Forget a rotation — play your best players.

Williams entered the week tied for 53rd in snaps played at defensive tackle despite being arguably the Jets' best player this season. Huff, who I'd argue is the second-best true edge rusher on the roster, can't even suit up on game days.

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There's an obvious solution here. Play Williams more. Bench Shepherd. Move Franklin-Myers to more of an interior role. Give Huff those extra snaps at edge rusher. There you have it. Play your best players.

No issue is more frustratingly fixable than this one.

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