NY Jets defensive end depth chart
• Starters: Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Myers
• Backups: Vinny Curry, Ronald Blair, Bryce Huff, Jabari Zuniga, Kyle Phillips, Hamilcar Rashed Jr.
The Jets' new 4-3 defense could breathe new life into players like Bryce Huff and Jabari Zuniga — two hybrid edge-rushing outside linebacker types in the old 3-4 scheme.
The change on defense could also affect other holdovers from the three-down linemen system like John Franklin-Myers, Kyle Phillips, and others who have now moved primarily to the edge.
Carl Lawson is the Jets' big-ticket player on defense at the right end spot. The question is, who will start on the opposite side. The Jets will need a player who can consistently set the edge against the run at the strong-side end spot.
Vinny Curry and Ronald Blair both figure to be fixtures there but if Franklin-Myers can make the smooth transition full-time exclusively on the outside, the Jets could have one of their better defensive end groups in quite some time.
NY Jets defensive tackle depth chart
• Starters: Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins
• Backups: Folorunso Fatukasi, Nathan Shepherd, Jonathan Marshall, Tanzel Smart, Michael Dwumfour
Provided that they are both healthy, the New York Jets boast one of the best pass-rushing defensive tackle tandems in all of football with Quinnen Williams and Sheldon Rankins.
Folorunso Fatukasi may very well be the Jets' best run stopper on the interior. He will be transitioning to the 4-3 after playing almost exclusively at nose tackle in years past.
Nathan Shepherd will also be in transition in the new defensive alignment. The permanent move inside could free up the former third-round pick to make more plays.
Jonathan Marshall will be an interesting player to watch — he fits the mold physically of the classic 3-technique defensive tackle.