The NY Jets roster is undoubtedly one of the most improved in the entire NFL. However, it's clear that there's still plenty of work to be done.
How much work? Well, that depends who you ask. According to Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus, despite their improvements, the Jets remain one of the NFL's least talented teams.
The NY Jets roster was recently ranked 30th by Linsey in a ranking of all 32 NFL rosters. Linsey cited the team's gaping hole at the cornerback position as well as the team's reliance on unproven youth this season as reasons for their placement on the list.
On one hand, this makes plenty of sense. After all, the Jets did win just two games last year, losing their first 13. It's hard to imagine their roster improving that much in the course of just one offseason.
But 30th? You could certainly argue that's a bit too low.
Is the NY Jets roster really the third-worst in the NFL?
In fact, PFF actually ranked the Jets as the third most improved team in the NFL. Despite this, they find themselves ranked third-worst with only the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans trailing them.
Linsey makes a very valid point when discussing the team's cornerback group.
" Jets cornerbacks collectively allowed a 71.8% completion rate on throws into their coverage last season, which ranked 31st among cornerback groups across the NFL. The only additions to that unit came in the form of Day 3 draft picks, and New York's most productive cornerback (Brian Poole) remains a free agent. The Jets are banking on significant improvements from multiple young and unheralded cornerbacks in Robert Saleh's first season as head coach."- Ben Linsey
The Jets cornerback room is likely the weakest in the NFL right now. While there are certainly a few players who have shown some promise, the "veteran" of the group is currently 2019 sixth-round pick Blessuan Austin.
And he's played just 18 career games.
That said, the Jets roster isn't without its strengths. The defensive line is already top-10 in the league and could push for an even higher ranking if everyone lives up to their potential.
The offensive line is vastly improved, especially after the signing of Morgan Moses. If that unit stays healthy, they could very well be a top-15 (if not better) group in the league.
Still, it's hard to get worked up about this too much. Aside from the fact that this is an early-July ranking of rosters, the Jets did win just two games last season.
Much of their success this season will fall on the shoulders of relatively unproven players. We're talking about rookies like Zach Wilson, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Elijah Moore as much as we are guys like Bryce Hall and Mekhi Becton.
The Jets are unproven. And until they can prove themselves, they'll reside in the NFL's basement when it comes to these rankings.