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

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The NY Jets cornerback group has the chance to be one of the best in the league in 2022

Sauce Gardner, D.J. Reed, Michael Carter II vs. Trumaine Johnson, Darryl Roberts, Brian Poole

The Jets have completely transformed their cornerback group this past offseason adding D.J. Reed and the best corner in the draft in Sauce Gardner, thus giving the team the star power they severely lacked in 2019.

Then general manager Mike Maccaganan thought he had landed a superstar corner in Trumaine Johnson, but that, unfortunately, turned out to be one of the worst free agency signings in Jets history.

Brian Poole was a solid slot corner, but the current Jets squad has two stars on the outside, as well as plenty of young depth from the likes of Bryce Hall and Brandin Echols, making this a much deeper and more talented group.

Verdict: Trumaine Johnson alone makes the 2022 group a better one, but this current group is just more talented and way deeper than what the Jets ran out in 2019.


The NY Jets' homegrown safety group in 2019 was one of the best in the league

Jordan Whitehead, Lamarcus Joyner, Ashtyn Davis vs. Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Rontez Miles

While Jets fans may not be particularly fond of Jamal Adams since his antics that led to a trade to the Seattle Seahawks, he was once one of the most popular players on the team and arguably the best safety in the entire NFL at the time.

Alongside Adams was former second-round pick Marcus Maye, and together, the two blended their styles perfectly. While it didn't lead to the playoff success that they and many within the organization wanted and expected, they were a fun combination to watch.

In 2022, the team nabbed Jordan Whitehead from Tampa Bay in free agency, and while he isn't seen as one of the top safeties in the league, he's more than solid.

Joining him will be a combination of Lamarcus Joyner and Ashtyn Davis, and if they can be anywhere near solid, the Jets will be over the moon.

Verdict: While this year's team has the potential to be good, the 2019 squad produced two homegrown stars, so this is a win for the 2019 group.

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