4 personnel changes the NY Jets should consider making

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1. The NY Jets should play Jonathan Marshall over Nathan Shepherd

This one is relatively subtle, but it's something that should have happened a long time ago. There is absolutely no reason for Nathan Shepherd to be on the field for the Jets.

The former third-round pick is a liability and has been one of the worst defensive linemen in football this season by virtually every metric.

Shepherd is currently ranked 121st out of 121 qualified interior defensive linemen by Pro Football Focus with a 30.2 grade.

No defensive lineman in the NFL has been penalized more than Shepherd who has been flagged five times, despite the fact that he's played only 35 percent of defensive snaps.

On top of that, he's missed 20 percent of his tackle attempts, has just one QB hurry, and is one of only a handful of defensive linemen to be tagged with allowing a catch this season.

Shepherd is a massive liability who shouldn't even be active on gamedays, let alone receiving significant playing time.

The Jets would be wise to give many of his snaps to rookie sixth-round pick Jonathan Marshall who fills a similar three-technique role. Marshall has been a healthy scratch most weeks but certainly deserves an opportunity over Shepherd.

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This one wouldn't be a major change, but it's easily the bigger no-brainer move on this list.