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NY Jets receive praise for their impressive 2022 free agent class

By Kristen Wong
NY Jets, C.J. Uzomah
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The NY Jets were one of the most active teams this free agency, and unlike the Jacksonville Jaguars, their signings actually made sense.

While the Jets didn't bag high-profile stars like Von Miller, Chander Jones, or Davante Adams, they secured starting-caliber upgrades at nearly every position of need.

Compared to the desperate efforts of a certain lowly franchise in Florida, New York struck well-priced, well-thought-out deals with mostly younger players who could elevate the team for years to come.

CBS Sports' Cody Benjamin took a look at each NFL team's free-agent haul so far and gave the Jets an above-average grade, a B+.

Benjamin specifically noted the crucial offensive line upgrade of Laken Tomlinson as well as key secondary signings like D.J. Reed and Jordan Whitehead.

The former 49ers guard completes what could be a top-10 offensive line in 2022 while Reed and Whitehead add huge boosts to the Jets' notoriously bad pass defense.

NY Jets earn a B+ grade for 2022 free agency and have set themselves up for success

New York got not one, but two starting tight ends in C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin, both of whom can thrive in the team's tight end-heavy offensive scheme.

Some less groundbreaking in-house signings include Joe Flacco, Tevin Coleman, and Lamarcus Joyner, but the feel-good story of the offseason has to be Braxton Berrios' win-win team-friendly deal.

The uber-versatile wide receiver made at least one die-hard fan very, very happy by staying in New York.

The team also retained offensive guard Dan Feeney, defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, and signed outside linebacker Jacob Martin.

What prevents the team from receiving an A-plus free agency grade is likely their continued lack of a WR1, as many potential targets (Robert Woods, Davante Adams, Juju Smith-Schuster) found new homes elsewhere. Of course, not all of those were realistic targets.

Zach Wilson struggled to generate offensive rhythm with his unreliable wideout room last season, partially due to injuries, and finding him at least one top-caliber pass target should be the team's priority in the ensuing weeks of the offseason.

No matter. The Jets still have some cap space to work with should they still try to poach a talented receiver, though not many remain. Rather than pursue aging, injury-prone players like Julio Jones or Odell Beckham Jr., they can look to the draft and use one of their two top-10 picks to address the position.

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All in all, not too shabby — the Jets should give themselves a pat on the back for a hell of an offseason. Their next challenge? Getting results.

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