By Dakota Follett (@dakfollett) | Published April 8, 2020
It’s a make or break kind of season for Adam Gase and Sam Darnold with the division up for grabs. If the Jets are to be successful, they must provide for their young signal-caller. That means protecting him and surrounding him with weapons. Veteran free agent Brett Perriman was signed to help offset the loss of Robby Anderson (Panthers) but more ammo is needed. Be sure to download your copy of the 2020 NFL Draft Bible, featuring 600+ scouting reports.
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QUARTERBACK: Sam Darnold/David Fales/Mike White
Money Invested: $10.014M | Percentage of Cap: 5.1% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: Sam Darnold has shown glimpses of stardom but will need to show consistency to truly be ‘the guy.’ His leash is still long going into the season.
RUNNING BACK: Le’Veon Bell | Depth: Josh Adams/Kenneth Dixon/Trenton Cannon/Jalin Moore
Money Invested: $18.366M | Percentage of Cap: 9.3% | Need Level: MEDIUM/HIGH
Overview: The depth behind Le’Veon Bell is concerning considering the rumors of possibly trading him sooner rather than later.
FULLBACK: Trevon Wesco
Money Invested: $0.851M | Percentage of Cap: 0.4% | Need Level: MEDIUM
WIDE RECEIVER: Breshad Perriman/Quincy Enunwa/Jamison Crowder | Depth: Josh Doctson/Braxton Berrios/Josh Bellamy/Vyncint Smith/Jehu Chesson/Keon Hatcher/Josh Malone/Jeff Smith
Money Invested: $31.738M | Percentage of Cap: 16% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: The Jets have some nice pieces here to work with, but are lacking a true number one threat on the outside.
TIGHT END: Ryan Griffin/Chris Herndon | Depth: Daniel Brown/Ross Travis
Money Invested: $5.371M | Percentage of Cap: 2.7% | Need Level: LOW/MEDIUM
Overview: Both Ryan Griffin and Chris Herndon have flashed the ability to be a starting tight end in the league, it’s just a matter if they can stay consistently productive.
OFFENSIVE TACKLE: George Fant/Chuma Edoga | Depth: Conor McDermott/Ben Braden/Leo Koloamatangi
Money Invested: $10.392M | Percentage of Cap: 5.2% | Need Level: URGENT
Overview: The athletic George Fant was brought in to fill one of the tackle spots but the other one is still wide open.
OFFENSIVE GUARD: Alex Lewis/Brian Winters | Depth: Greg Van Roten/Josh Andrews
Money Invested: $14.375M | Percentage of Cap: 7.3% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: The Jets are spending a decent amount of money here, so hopefully they can get some production out of this group.
CENTER: Connor McGovern | Depth: Jonotthan Harrison/Brad Lundblade/Jimmy Murray
Money Invested: $10.868M | Percentage of Cap: 5.5% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: Connor McGovern was brought in from Denver to fill this gap and lead this offensive line.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Henry Anderson/Steve McLendon/Quinnen Williams | Depth: Nathan Shepherd/Folorunso Fatukasi/John Franklin-Myers/Jordan Willis/Kyle Phillips/Bronson Kaufasi/Corbin Kaufasi
Money Invested: $24.205M | Percentage of Cap: 12.2% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: The Jets are deep here, so deep they decided to trade Leonard Williams last season. They have more pressing needs to address.
EDGE RUSHER: Tarell Basham/Jordan Jenkins | Depth: Charles Tapper/Harvey Langi/Ahmad Gooden/Wyatt Ray
Money Invested: $8.685M | Percentage of Cap: 4.4% | Need Level: URGENT
Overview: Jordan Jenkins was brought back but this unit desperately lacks pass rushing ability.
LINEBACKER: CJ Mosley/Avery Williamson | Depth: Patrick Onwuasor/James Burgess/Neville Hewitt/BJ Bello
Money Invested: $30.7M | Percentage of Cap: 15.5% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: Patrick Onwuasor was brought in to provide depth behind star CJ Mosley and tackling machine Avery Williamson.
CORNERBACK: Pierre Desir/Blessuan Austin/Brian Poole | Depth: Arthur Maulet/Nate Hairston/Kyron Brown
Money Invested: $13.186M | Percentage of Cap: 6.7% | Need Level: URGENT
Overview: Pierre Desir was picked up in free agency to man one side but isn’t considered a number one cover corner. A gaping hole on the opposite side still remains.
SAFETY: Jamal Adams/Marcus Maye | Depth: Matthias Farley/Anthony Cioffi
Money Invested: $11.158M | Percentage of Cap: 5.6% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: One thing the Jets can hang their hats on is having one of the league’s best young safety tandems.
KICKER: Brett Maher/Sam Ficken | Money Invested: $1.425M | Percentage of Cap: 0.7% | Need Level: HIGH
PUNTER: Ian Berryman | Money Invested: $0.610M | Percentage of Cap: 0.3% | Need Level: HIGH
LONG SNAPPER: Thomas Hennessy | Money Invested: $0.950M | Percentage of Cap: 0.5% | Need Level: LOW
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