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6 changes the NY Jets need to make to their roster ASAP

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3. The NY Jets should use their DL surplus to upgrade areas of need

The one area where the Jets have an overabundance of quality players is their defensive line. The Jets have 10 defensive linemen on their 53-man roster. Nearly 20 percent of the team's 53 is comprised of players on the defensive front.

Sometimes, too much of a good thing is a bad thing.

The Jets had to sit out talented edge rusher Bryce Huff on Sunday because they had no roster room. The team can use their defensive surplus to their advantage by trying to deal away one of their rotational players to a team that has a need in exchange for a player who can fortify an area of weakness for New York.

The Jets have talked about having a deep rotational system on their defensive line all summer, but on game day, there isn't a need for an eighth, ninth, or even 10th defensive lineman over having immediate depth in other weaker areas.

The Jets should want to maximize the snaps of Carl Lawson, Quinnen Williams, and rookies like Jermaine Johnson and Micheal Clemons rather than limit them.

Keep in mind that the Jets also have three defensive linemen on their practice squad in defensive end Bradlee Anae and defensive tackles Jonathan Marshall and Tanzel Smart. It's not like the team isn't already stacked in this department, and they can afford to make a deal from their loaded deck. 

Beyond the Jets' talented reserve linemen, the team has other players who have value that they could trade in the coming weeks. Wide receiver Denzel Mims and cornerback Bryce Hall come to mind.

Mims is WR6 and Hall is effectively CB4 on the roster. Both players are young and talented enough to garner interest, and perhaps playing in a different scheme could benefit them. Joe Douglas needs to leverage players like them to bring in talents who are better fits for the roster. 

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