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4 positions the NY Jets could still upgrade in free agency

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4. The NY Jets could upgrade defensive end

Of the four positions on this list, this one is easily the lowest priority. However, one thing has been made abundantly clear by the Jets' roster-building strategy under Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh.

And that's that you can never have too many edge rushers.

The Jets abided by that philosophy this offseason with the additions of players like Jermaine Johnson and Jacob Martin. This defense is legitimately at least six-deep at the position.

Carl Lawson, Jermaine Johnson, Bryce Huff, Vinny Curry, Jacob Martin, and Michael Clemons make up a stacked defensive end room, and that's not even including the likes of John Franklin-Myers and Solomon Thomas who will both see snaps on the edge.

This is a deep position group, but there's always room for more. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Jets add another veteran edge rusher to their roster this summer.

There are some with prior connections to the organization. Robert Saleh favorite Ronald Blair remains a free agent. Blair spent last season with the Jets, split between the active roster and the practice squad.

There's also former first-round pick Takkarist McKinley who spent time with Jeff Ulbrich in Atlanta. McKinley is recovering from a torn Achilles, but he's reportedly made significant progress in his rehab process.

Other notable names out there include Ryan Kerrigan, Jason Pierre-Paul, Carl Nassib, Jeremiah Attaochu, and Everson Griffen. The Jets have some options if they want to add even more depth to their defensive end room.

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