The NY Jets have the worst offense in the NFL, and it isn't particularly close. That dreadful offense was on full display in the team's 27-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football this week.
It's clear that wholesale changes need to be made moving forward. The Jets, however, are focused on improving the other side of the ball.
KPRC2's Aaron Wilson reported on Tuesday that the Jets have signed former Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey to their practice squad. Winfrey worked out for the Jets last week and clearly did enough to earn a spot on the team.
Of course, his signing today has nothing to do with the team's loss on Monday night. It was likely just a procedural thing dating back to his workout last week.
Still, that doesn't help the optics of the situation, especially considering Winfrey's extensive recent legal trouble that led to his premature departure from the Browns this summer.
The NY Jets are hoping Perrion Winfrey can stay out of trouble
A fourth-round pick of the Browns in the 2022 NFL Draft, Winfrey appeared in 13 games as a rookie, playing 41 percent of his team's defensive snaps. The former Oklahoma standout looked like a long-term piece in the Browns' defense, but that was until the offseason happened.
Winfrey was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge in April and eventually waived by the Browns in July after allegations that he pulled a gun on and threatened a woman in Cleveland emerged that summer.
No NFL team has been willing to give him a shot until now. The Jets are that team.
The Jets lost nose tackle Al Woods to a season-ending torn Achilles last week against the New York Giants and signed "Hard Knocks" legend Tanzel Smart to their active roster to replace him. Winfrey essentially takes Smart's place on the practice squad.
Of course, for Jets fans hoping to see any sort of offensive changes, this doesn't help. While his signing is unrelated to what Jets fans saw unfold last night, the optics of this being the team's first move after last night's disastrous offensive performance aren't ideal.
Winfrey has the talent to be a serious contributor in an already-loaded Jets defensive line, but his recent legal trouble is an obvious concern. The Jets are hoping he can turn over a new leaf and stay out of trouble in New York.
As for Jets fans, they're just hoping and praying some sort of offensive changes are coming. I wouldn't hold your breath, though.
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