New York Jets second year GM Joe Douglas has been a key front office contributor to 2 Superbowl championship teams in the Ravens and the Eagles. He has done an incredible job thus far as GM of the New York Jets. He began this off-season by signing WR Corey Davis to go opposite last year’s 2nd round draft choice of another big bodied WR target in Denzel Mims. It will be interesting to see who makes the team as I like many of the WR’s including Laurence Cager, Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, newly acquired Keelan Cole, and 34th overall selection from this year’s draft, WR Elijah Moore (Ole Miss – dynamic slot wr). Chris Herndon and Ryan Griffin are both returning as well as UDFA signing of Moore’s former college teammate, TE Kenny Yeboah. This gives new Jet’s QB Zach Wilson(2nd overall draft pick BYU) a ton of pass catchers. Joe also addressed RB by drafting a speedy pass catching scat back in Michael Carter(4th rd North Carolina RB), as well as signing Tevin Coleman who will be familiar with the offensive system as Jet’s new OC Mike Lefleur will be using Kyle Shannahan’s offense. The thing I like most though is the fact that Douglas has emphasized the O line. Becton last year, and G Alijah Vera Tucker(14th overall draft pick USC) this year. I totally disregard the hate making the trade to move up to grab him because we had a ton of draft capital so lets be aggressive and grab a guy who will probably be with Becton and sure up one side of the line for a decade. Offensive lines that win in pass pro give qbs an average of a 75 QBR verses when someone on the O line loses, a 45 QBR. Wilson won’t have to worry much about getting hit from the left, and he will be able to rely on running the ball for positive yardage on the left hand side as well. Looking back in history many teams have had great success by having powerhouse LT and LG and simply running left. Douglas also drafted OL Cameron Clark last year and signed 3 additional OL post draft. On an additional side note, the likelihood of an offensive linemen chosen in the first round of the draft is at least 5 times more likely to sign a 2nd contract with the team that drafted them, compared to a skill position player.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Jet’s franchise tagged stand out S Marcus Maye, they will get back MLB CJ Mosely who opted out last year for Covid, and they still have DL Quinnen Williams. Douglas also signed DE Carl Lawson, a very underrated pass rusher from the Bengals. I was looking for the Jets to address DB in the draft and wow did they ever. FIVE DB’s (S Jamien Sherwood Auburn 5th rd, S Michael Carter II Duke 5th rd, CB Jason Pinnock Pittsburgh 5th rd, S/LB Namsah Nasirildeen FSU 6th rd, CB Brandin Echols Kentucky 6th rd) !! The last time the Jets were relevant they had a great O line (Ferguson, Faneca, Mangold) and great DB’s (Revis, Cromartie).
If you are a Jets fan you have a lot to look forward to and be excited about. I wouldn’t expect a playoff appearance in year one. BUT I do expect to see a lot of the product that is to come on Sundays to represent a hopeful and up trending future. A competent GM, a fiery players coach in Robert Saleh, a Kyle Shanahan disciple, a 2nd overall pick at QB, a cornerstone LT, an elite MLB, potential star power safety and potential star power DL. The questions will be, how long will it take for the players to learn the new systems, and how well will the new coaches be able to teach them. Brand new coaches, brand new systems, lots of young players with no chemistry. Those will be the toughest challenges for the Jets but if you’re a jets fan then these are the types of problems you welcome compared to problems of the past. Jet fans should be happy with 6 or 7 wins as they build the foundation for first year head coach Saleh but should also expect to see overall improvement from years past and look to see improvement every year moving forward with Douglas and Saleh running the show.
Jets Off-Season Grade – A-