* = 2019 full-time starter

Need #1: Cornerback

Notable Free Agents:

  • Brian Poole* (nickel corner, was excellent in 2019, Jets should bring him back)
  • Arthur Maulet (2017 UDFA who showed some promise across 6 2019 starts)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Trumaine Johnson (two season tenure in NY has been a mess, team expected to release)
  • Daryl Roberts (signed extension in 2019 after a solid 2018, but struggled in starting role last season, buzz team will move on)
  • Bless Austin (2019 6th rounder, flashed a bit of upside as a rookie)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • If the Jets release Johnson and Roberts (as expected), they will need to add at least one but more likely two starting caliber CBs this offseason. They will also need to address the nickel spot if Poole isn't resigned.

Updates:

  • Resigned Brian Poole
  • Resigned Arthur Maulet
  • Signed Pierre Desir (had a breakout year in 2018 but struggled - in part due to injuries - in 2019, the one year contract he signed does not guarantee a starting role)
  • Drafted in Round 5: Bryce Hall (led the nation in PBUs in 2018, only played in 6 games in 2019 due to an injury - which hurt his draft stock, offers outstanding length and instincts, above average tackler, could end up as a big-time steal)

Need #2: Outside Linebacker / Edge Rusher

Notable Free Agents:

  • Jordan Jenkins* (led team in sacks last season with 8, type of player Jets should bring back)
  • Brandon Copeland (missed first 4 games of 2019 due to suspension - recorded only 1.5 sacks in rotational role, was more productive in 2018 when he recorded 5 sacks)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Tarell Basham (young player, 2 sacks across 2 starts in 2019, will be in contention for larger 2020 role)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • The Jets need to address both starting OLB spots - resigning Jenkins would fill one of those spots but another edge rusher will need to be brought in.

Updates:

  • Resigned Jordan Jenkins
  • Drafted in Round 3: Jabari Zuniga (has the traits - just hasn't put everything together yet - substantial upside, but has a ways to go)

Need #3: Wide Receiver

Notable Free Agents:

  • Robby Anderson* (explosive receiver, production has been consistently in the WR2... not WR1 range, team does not seem interested in a long-term commitment)
  • Demaryius Thomas (served as a role player in 2019, both sides probably want to move in different directions)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Jamison Crowder* (established himself as one of the league's better slot WRs in 2019, a key member of the offense)
  • Quincy Enunwa (injury-prone player, has had two major neck injuries, when healthy is a solid contributor)
  • Braxton Berrios (mainly a return man in 2019, to this point has not shown much upside as a WR)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • The Jets are set in the slot with Crowder but need to add two starting boundary WRs.

Updates:

  • Signed Breshad Perriman (speedy former 1st rounder who was quite productive over a late season stretch in Tampa last season, has yet to prove he can be a reliable full-time starter, but should get that opportunity with the Jets)
  • Signed Josh Doctson (2015 1st rounder who never panned out, spent 2019 on the Vikings practice squad, was a super-productive college WR, has some theoretical upside)
  • Drafted in Round 2: Denzel Mims (strong college production, tore up the combine - explosive size/athleticism combo, great hands, still has quite a bit to learn as a route runner, Baylor WRs don't have the greatest track record in the NFL, good value at end of the 2nd round)

Need #4: Interior Offensive Line

Notable Free Agents:

  • Alex Lewis* (came over to Jets in a trade last year, quality of play was nothing more than average, has some upside)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Brian Winters* (long-tenured Jet, injuries have significantly limited him over the past few seasons, possible cap casualty)
  • Jonotthan Harrison (versatile backup)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • The Jets need to add a new center and at least one (but possibly two) guards. Depth is also a need.

Updates:

  • Resigned Alex Lewis
  • Signed Connor McGovern (was one of the league's better centers in 2019, a big upgrade for the Jets)
  • Signed Greg Van Roten (experienced vet, excels in pass protection, will compete for starting OG job in New York)
  • Signed Josh Andrews (depth signing, no career starts)

Need #5: Offensive Tackle

Notable Free Agents:

  • Brandon Shell (40 starts across 4 seasons with the Jets - mostly at RT, not considered a high quality starter - team expected to look for an upgrade)
  • Kelvin Beachum* (solid / unspectacular LT, played through some injuries in 2019, team expected to look for more of an impact blocker on the left side)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Chuma Edoga (2019 3rd rounder, struggled across 8 starts, but showed some signs of upside, will enter 2020 as favorite to start at RT)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • The Jets need to add a new LT and add depth/competition for Edoga.

Updates:

  • Signed George Fant (played as a 3rd OT in Seattle's run-first offense, has also made spot-starts over the years, excellent athlete who has progressed since entering the league as a raw UDFA, remains to be seen if he can function as a full-time starter, has nice upside, his signing won't preclude the Jets from selecting an OT early in the draft)
  • Drafted in Round 1: Mekhi Becton (super rare combination of massive size and special athletic ability, obviously has tremendous upside, but is far from a finished product, quintessential boom-bust prospect, team could have gone in a less risky direction)
  • Drafted in Round 4: Cameron Clark (played LT in college but shifting inside is an option at the next level, excelled vs. lower level competition as a Charlotte 49er, has starter upside somewhere along the line)

Need #6: Special Teams

Notable Free Agents:

  • Lac Edwards* (solid punter - ranked 8th in the NFL in terms of punts inside the 20 and posted a solid 45.9 yards per punt average)
  • Sam Ficken* (only made 70% of FGs in 2019 - will need to win kicking competition in offseason to retain starting job)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Brett Maher (possess incredible leg strength but is a highly inaccurate kicker, will get an opportunity to compete for starting job)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address: The Jets need to either resign Edwards or find a new punter. They also need to find a more consistent kicker.

Updates:

  • Resigned Sam Ficken
  • Drafted in Round 6: Branden Mann (considered the draft's top punter)

Need #7: Running Back

Notable Free Agents:

  • Bilal Powell (31 years old, long-tenured complimentary back, only 3.9 ypc last year, probably time for team to go in a different, younger direction)
  • Ty Montgomery (struggled to find an effective role in offense last year, team expected to pass on a re-up)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Le'Veon Bell* (first year in New York was a bust - only 3.2 ypc, rumors team tried to trade him at the deadline, only 28 years old so talent should still be there)
  • Trenton Cannon (was only playing on special teams before a Week 5 injury ended his season, will be fighting for a roster spot in 2020)
  • Kenneth Dixon (joined Jets in December, career in Baltimore was plagued by injury, when healthy has proven to be an effective player)

Need Level: Moderate

Need to Address:

  • The Jets don't have much established depth, which is a serious issue considering they don't seem totally committed to Bell.

Updates:

  • Drafted in Round 4: Lamical Perine (solid / unspectacular college career, lacks explosion and long speed, was productive catching the ball out of the backfield, strong chance of winning the RB2 job)
  • Signed Frank Gore (brings veteran depth and leadership)

Need #8: Defensive Line

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Quinnen Williams* (2019 3rd overall draft pick, played role in Jets excellent run defense but was not a productive pass rusher, Jets will be expecting a big jump in 2020)
  • Henry Anderson* (went from 7 sacks in 2018 to just 1 in 2019, regarded as an upgradeable starter - despite the large contract he received last year)
  • Steve McLendon* (nose tackle, coming off what was arguably his best career season in 2019, strong vs. the run, but not a long term option at age 34)
  • Folorunso Fatukasi (solid rotational lineman in 2019, displayed ability to get into opposing backfield and make plays, starter upside)
  • Nathan Shepherd (2018 2nd rounder, was suspended for first 6 games of 2019 season, was productive as a pass rusher upon activation, still a bit of a work in progress though)

Need Level: Moderate

Need to Address:

  • The Jets could use competition for Anderson and depth to push younger players like Fatukasi and Shepherd.

Need #9: Quarterback

Notable Free Agents:

  • David Fales (lots of experience with Gase, but not an ideal QB2)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Sam Darnold* (slight improvement from year one to year two, but still quite inconsistent, on bright side was able to lead team to 6-2 record over final 8 games of season, must take big step forward in 2020 to cement/earn franchise QB status)

Need Level: Mild

Need to Address:

  • Backup

Updates:

  • Resigned David Fales
  • Drafted in Round 4: James Morgan (developmental QB with an NFL arm - but major accuracy issues)
  • Signed Joe Flacco (no longer a QB1 - but can be a solid backup, brings a lot of experience to a young QB room)

Need #10: Linebacker

Notable Free Agents:

  • Neville Hewitt (backup who started 12 games due to injuries at the position, played well, could garner interest on the open market)
  • James Burgess (began year on practice squad - called up mid-season and ended up being very productive in a starting role)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • C.J. Mosley (expensive 2019 free agent signing who only played in 2 games due to injury, when healthy he is an impact defender)
  • Avery Williamson (missed entire 2019 season with injury, talented player, likely 2020 starter... if he is not an offseason cap casualty)
  • Blake Cashman (2019 5th rounder, played very well in starting role early in season, Week 8 shoulder injury put him on IR, appears to have bright future)

Need Level: Low

Need:

  • The Jets have two big-name starters in Mosley and Williamson, plus a talented young backup in Cashman. Depth is all that is needed.

Updates:

  • Resigned Neville Hewitt
  • Resigned James Burgess
  • Signed Patrick Onwuasor (32 career starts over 4 year career, had a mini-breakout in 2018, but took a step back in 2019, effective pass rusher, solid depth signing)

Need #11: Safety

Notable Free Agents:

  • Rontez Miles (long-tenured special teams ace, injuries have limited him in recent years, team likely to pursue younger options)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Jamal Adams* (easily the best player on the roster and arguably the best safety in the league, singing a superstar like Adams long-term - for a team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2010 - seems like no brainer... yet trade rumors persist)
  • Marcus Maye* (one of their better defensive players, contract is up after the 2020 season, also the subject of some trade rumors)

Need Level: Low

Need to Address:

  • If the Jets keep Adams and Maye (which they should) then all the Jets need at safety is depth.

Updates:

  • Drafted in Round 3: Ashtyn Davis (plays with tremendous range and outstanding speed and agility, newer to the game - so instincts are a bit behind, should excel on special teams early - but does have long-term starting potential)

Need #12: Tight End

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Chris Herndon IV (flashed big-time upside as a rookie in 2018, but injuries and suspension effectively ruined his 2019 season, a bounceback is on the table)
  • Ryan Griffin* (experienced vet who played well in his first season with the Jets - scored 5 TDs)

Need Level: Low

Need to Address:

  • The Jets have a nice a mix of young upside (Herndon IV) and proven depth (Griffin) at tight end.