NY Jets 2019 vs. 2022: Comparing Joe Douglas' first roster to the current team

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Tight end is a position the Jets have needed to improve for years, and Joe Douglas did just that

C.J. Uzomah, Tyler Conklin, Jeremy Ruckert vs. Ryan Griffin, Chris Herndon, Trevon Wesco

Outside of Dustin Keller, even the most dedicated Jets fans would struggle to name a tight end in recent memory that could be considered 'good,' but in the 2022 offseason, Douglas managed to snag two, potentially three that could fit that tag.

C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin have the ability to help Zach Wilson and combine for 1,000 yards in the air, and with Jeremy Ruckert, considered the most well-rounded tight end in the draft, we dare say that this position has now become a genuine strength for Gang Green.

Compare that to 2019, where the Jets had potential, but due to poor coaching and a less than stellar protection up front, the team just couldn't get the tight ends involved, and all three in that group are considered below-average, unlike this 2022 squad.

Verdict: The 2022 team has talent, experience, and potential, whereas the 2019 team just wasn't up to standard.

This current NY Jets offensive line could be one of the best in the AFC

George Fant, Laken Tomlinson, Connor McGovern, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Mekhi Becton vs. Kelvin Beachum, Alex Lewis, Jonotthan Harrison, Brian Winters, Brandon Shell

It seems that every offensive group has improved under Joe Douglas, but nowhere is it more apparent than when looking at the offensive line — a place that Douglas promised he would improve when he took the job back in 2019.

This unit is night and day compared to when Douglas took over, and even though it took him a few years to get this squad together, it's quickly become a top-tier unit that could be one of the best in the NFL.

All Jets fans rue the way that the Sam Darnold era ended in New York, and while his talents may not have translated to the NFL, it's safe to say that with this wall in front of him, things could have turned out very differently.

Verdict: The Jets roster is completely different than in 2019, and with very talented players at each position, none has improved more than this unit.